Do you get discouraged easily about your dreams and goals? Do you change direction when things get tough, even to the point of letting go of your dreams and passions? If so, you may like to consider this quote by author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar: "When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there."
You don't need to see obstacles as a sign that you're pursuing the wrong
dream. Obstacles happen. Period. Is the obstacle something you can
surmount? Is there a work-around? Can you change direction and still
keep the same goal or dream? Sometimes obstacles are merely good
pause-points—times to stop and reflect on what you're doing and whether
you're going about it in the best way. Often, you just need to tweak
something to better suit you.
When I received my
training to become a life coach, the professor asked each of us to
develop a HUB statement (Hottest Undeniable Benefit) that would say who
our target audience was and what we offered them. I created several
drafts and finally settled on one; so did my classmates. We were told to
be very specific with our target audience (not "women," for example,
but more like "middle-aged women in career transition" or something
similar). I started out with a different target than I now have, and it
wasn't working well. That didn't mean I had to give up life coaching. It
just meant I needed to do some tweaking and think more about who my
gifts might best serve. And that tweaking made a huge difference. I absolutely love what I'm doing—and the variety of clients I'm now serving.
said, there are times in your life when an obstacle arises and a
pause-point may show the need for a left turn or a total shift in what
you're doing. Know the difference. Know yourself.