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007 – Finally Overcoming Obstacles – How To Overcome Obstacles and Not Be Overcome By Obstacles


Overcoming Obstacles
Finally, overcoming obstacles?
YES! This 7th Episode of The Success Sculpting Show is about about how to overcome obstacles and not be overcome by them.
Booker T. Washington once stated, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.”
Wherever you are in your life right now, you arrived on the wave of obstacles. However, today’s obstacles tend to overshadow the obstacles we overcame yesterday and we forget how strong and resilient we really are.
Let’s not hesitate here, let’s jump right into the Show so finally for you overcoming obstacles becomes a fact and not fiction.
Here’s a snapshot of what we will cover in this Episode.
The 5 Primary Internal Obstacles
1. Worry (Uncertainty about the future)
2. Depression (Not in agreement with what has happened or is happening)
3. Fear (Loss obsession)
4. Intimidation (Seeing yourself as small and incapable by comparison)
5. Doubt (Belief in your limits)
The 3 Locations of Obstacles
1. Where you’ve been (past)
2. Who you’ve become (present)
3. Whom you’re becoming (future)
The Wrestling Match
1. Resisting reality
2. Fighting the facts
Remote Controls In Your Control
1. Replaying your past
2. Preplaying your future
3. Playing your present
Counter Attacking The 5 Primary Internal Obstacles
  • Problem: Circumstances are a breeding ground for worry, depression, fear, intimidation and doubt.
    • Solution: Take your eyes of your circumstances and put them on what you’re looking to create.
  • Problem: Hopelessness is the primary fuel for worry, depression, fear, intimidation and doubt.
    • Solution: Guard your mind with hope so your faith has soil to be grounded and rooted in.
5 Steps Out Of The Straight Jacket Of Obstacles
1. Don’t just define the problem, discover the solution and opportunity.
2. Be accountable for your life. Taking responsibility for where you are gives you your power back.
3. Don’t turn a cut into an amputation.
4. Help yourself through accepting (not blaming), forgiving (not resenting) and surrendering (not resisting)
5. Move beyond your feelings of distress, discomfort and defensiveness.
It’s not what other people have done, it’s what we’ve have done in reaction to other people.
And for the real secret to finally overcoming obstacles is to realize that obstacles are like nails, hammers and wood. They are the raw material for building the life your desire.
The path to finally overcoming obstacles is to not looking at how you avoid them, it’s looking for how do you use them.

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  • Hello Stephen

    Wow, another great podcast.
    This is so appropriate for me, this week I’ve had huge issues with our government’s companies office. Due to miscommunication my company has been struck off our register and my bank has accused me of defrauding them! Wow. (the office will restore my company but not until the end of November).
    You are so right when you say people will blame and try and control.
    That is exactly what has happened. The bank and the companies office won’t budge.
    They hide behind laws and policies. What’s worse is that they refuse to acknowledge their part or even take responsibility. And for everyone else they run and hide and hope it all goes away.
    It is true that if I had of taken control way back before the situation occurred to make sure my overdue returns were filed the situation probably wouldn’t have occurred but instead I just left it up to others to do what I should have been responsible for myself. I have learned big-time. I think you mentioned that it is important to make sure your goals are bigger than your obstacles to help you to not lose focus. That helps and I think it is actually quite significant. Its great that you tell us about the things that are real and confront all of us from time to time but most people don’t want to confront. If you ever write an autobiography of how you have overcome your life’s obstacles, I’ll be first in line. Thanks Stephen. You Rock!

    • Thank you Ford!

      I’m both sadden and excited to hear about your situation.

      I’m sad that you have been thrust in such a situation, but I’m excited about the attitude you have towards it.

      Yeah, I know it sucks, but just as you’re doing, we just have to suck it up and keep moving. So way to go right there Ford.

      Also, acknowledging how you could have prevented it will heighten your awareness in significantly decreasing the chance of the same situation happening again.

      Of course life will throw you a different pitch, like a knuckle ball when you know how to spot and hit the curve ball. So stay alert and keep swinging. 🙂

      Life is a rough, tumble and roll no matter where you live or how you live.
      Appreciate you sharing Ford and thank you for allowing me to play a roll in your life’s progress.


  • I think sometimes it’s difficult to leave a comment, because you leave me speechless in awe and amazement of how God uses you to dig deep into the core of a matter teaching it, like only you can. I’m so glad I listened to Pam and got your book and followed you (online, not like stalker style :). I’m so glad that I didn’t leave early to try avoid the traffic at the “Get Motivated” conference because they saved the best for last. This teaching is profound and life changing you are like the “Napoleon Hill” of our time! Thank you for letting God mold you and shape you into a vessel of honor fit for the Master’s use! You are truly a Reigning Mentor. Learning How to perceive obstacles as a pathway to the Reign rather than confirmation of eminent doom is priceless! You have been teaching us how to do that, thank you Stephen! 🙂

    • Thank you Shelita!

      Appreciate your feedback and appreciate you, your story and your REIGNing supreme. Your weight loss and continue discipline is inspiring to me so I know it inspires others as well. Thank you for your contribution to the mindset and well being of others.

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