January 3

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9 Reasons Why Obstacles are Good

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Have you ever wondered about the obstacles that come your way or imagined that there are reasons why obstacles are good?  Let’s look at nine reasons why obstacles are good, the purpose of obstacles, and how to love obstacles in your life.

The why of obstacles as the “Master Keys” explains it indicates that we are either refusing to give up what we no longer need in our life because we are content and used to our old nature; or refusing to accept what we require for our growth because this might mean a change or more effort on our part. 

Difficulties, inharmonies, and obstacles, indicate that we are either refusing to give out what we no longer need, or refusing to accept what we require.

Charles Haanel

According to Tony Fahkry, self-empowerment author, there are several reasons why obstacles are good — the why of obstacles would be to illuminate the path to success by exposing us to challenges in which to overcome, thus ensuring victory is attainable.  Obstacles are goal posts leading you toward goal achievement.  Obstacles compel you to turn your weaknesses into strength instead of cowering from them.  Obstacles exist not to be surrendered to but to be overcome, for in overcoming we gain the inner conviction and resilience to succeed.  Obstacles develop mental fortitude and emotional growth.

Reasons Why Obstacles are Good

The purpose of obstacles is to develop the ability to appropriate what we require for our growth.  The greater our ability to know what we require, the more certain we are to attract what we need. Thus, no obstacles may reach us except what is necessary for our growth.  The obstacles that come to us do so for our benefit.  These obstacles will continue to come until we absorb their wisdom and gather from them the essentials of further growth.  We gain permanent strength to the extent of the effort required to overcome the obstacle. Obstacles are great opportunities in disguise.  With each victory the next obstacle becomes less difficult.

9 Reasons to Love Obstacles in Your Life

Lastly, here are the nine reasons why obstacles are good and why you should love obstacles in your life, according to Matthew Trinetti, contributing author to Huffington Post., and TedX guest speaker.

  1. First of the reasons why obstacles are good is that obstacles show us who we really are.  For example, when you feel obstacles like loneliness, sadness, heart break, it forces you to feel these things and expose your core and by doing this you can begin dealing with them.
  2. Second, obstacles instruct us on what we need to do next.  They are like neon signs that literally spell out what we must do.  Obstacles reveal the parts within us that need fine-tuning.  They show us the things that block our own growth. 
  3. Third, obstacles make us tougher. They give us a chance to practice courage—courage to improve our situation, our world, and ourselves.
  4. Fourth, obstacles help us focus on what’s important.  When we don’t know what’s important to us we can’t tell the difference between the obstacles worthy of our time.
  5. Fifth, obstacles make us more creative. When we are facing an obstacle that is gigantic, and it feels like all is lost. We can give up or use the obstacles to help us stretch our creative muscles. 
  6. Sixth, obstacles help us find meaning to our lives. For example, President Lincoln learned how to find meaning in his inner turmoil by focusing his efforts outward by uniting our nation and finding relief in a cause bigger than himself or his personal struggle.
  7. Seventh, obstacles remind us that the deepest meaning is found outside of ourselves. We need to stop peering so intensely at our own problems and look at ways to help the world around us. By helping others, we in turn put joy in our own life.
  8. Eighth, obstacles give us the opportunity to change our lives for the better. And I think this is one of the powerful reasons why obstacles are good. They help you reason your existence and in so doing provide a window of opportunity to make a change in your life. 
  9. Ninth, obstacles can give us inner peace by teaching us that the thing we have control over is our reaction and the power to place ourselves in harmony which demonstrates a life of peace and happiness. Along with inner peace obstacles can help us acquire wisdom and spiritual growth.

So there are many reasons why obstacles are good. Obstacles, as you’ve discovered, are implements that help to crystalize and weave the threads which carry out the pattern of our dreams, goals, and desires. It enables us to understand the possibilities in any undertaking. 

reasons why obstacles are good

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

Michael Jordan

Obstacles build resilience and fortitude which keeps you on the path of success and happiness. So don’t dread obstacles; instead, receive them as gems in building your life.

Read more articles by Eulaine Melanson

About the author

Going from teaching to counselling taught Eulaine many rewarding lessons and developed her intuitiveness to be a listener and skilled problem solver. Eulaine loves sharing the Master Keys with others because it has helped her, and will help YOU, follow your heart and enjoy the moment.

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  • thanks Eulaine – your blog post has given much food for thought about the hidden (in plain sight) gifts of those stumbling blocks, aka obstacles, that can trip us up..

  • Wonderful blog post Eulaine! Without obstacles our lives would be a little boring I think. They are indeed our friends, giving opportunities to know ourselves better and what we really want. I like your way to see obstacles as something positive.

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