It is natural in nature that we must face obstacles on our way to greater achievement in life.
According to Newton’s law ” for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction“. If you want to move, you must overcome friction and gravity. This may not seem to be a good state of affairs, until you realise that it is actually the opposition of gravity and friction that strengthens you. In order to walk and jump, your muscles have to develop the strength to overcome gravity and friction.
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The experience of astronauts shows that when they go to outer space where there is less gravity and friction, their muscles and bones actually become weaker, to an extent where some fail to walk for some time on their return to earth. Without the opposition of gravity and friction their bones and muscle never function normal.
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Opposition and resistance are perhaps the very things needed to strengthen and develop further. Refuse to wallow in fear and dont allow obstacles to hinder your success . Never see any obstacle as a stone that would crush you, but a stepping stone to greater things!
According to Stephen R. Covey “Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming obstacles and adversity.”
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So, if you are not being challenged in any way, you cannot grow. If you do not have anything to push against, you cannot make any progress. This is a revealing but true concept. If you are absolutely satisfied with your life the truth remains that you will not try to change it . Any positive change must come through some negative influence that forces you to change.
This negative influence can take many forms – from dissatisfaction with your work to disappointment from your girlfriend or boyfriend. There are many geniuses out there who found their passion and did amazing things after some tragic event in their lives or after being disappointed in one way or another.
In order to achive success , you must always be prepared to face obstacles from various quarters and also learn how to overcome negative feedback . At times it may be people you truly trust to help you along on your journey. Instead they try to stop you and discourage you. Spouses, relatives and close friends are some examples.
This is a facet of human nature that is hard to understand. Why would anyone want to stop someone else from being all that they can be? The answer is simple. That would expose their own failures and shortcomings.
It is not that they don’t believe in you – they just don’t have enough belief in themselves. They would judge you based on their own abilities. But rather than get discouraged and defeated you can use their unbelief to spur yourself to greater achievement . I have found that there is nothing that can encourage you to take action more than having someone show doubt in what you can do.
Jim Rohn, once told a story of how his former boss did not believe in his abilities and thought he was a failure.
When he became wealthy from his speaking business he took a briefcase full of dollar bills, got into his former boss’s office, opened the briefcase, poured all the dollar bills on the desk in front of where the guy was seated and exclaimed just two words before walking out – “count it!”
As Lee Iacocca said: “In times of great stress or adversity it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”
What Jim Rohn did is a good example of that principle at work. I would urge you right now to write a list of things people in the past have said you can’t do. Also plan your victory celebration – what are you going to do once you get there? What are you going to do to help elevate those who will be in the position you may be in now?
The Bible says in Genesis as Joseph addressed his brothers: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good…” Turn the negativity into a positive. Overcome the opposition and prove them wrong.
Finally , i want to argue you to never give up on such a wonderful life you’ve been dreaming about. It is possible and achievable even beyond your wildest imagination. Just keep moving and never allow the thoughts and opinions of others to disempower you.