Suppose you are given a choice to live a life without any obstacles? Would you take that if it were possible? You may be tempted to jump at the chance. However, it is likely it would not measure up to your expectations.
Several years ago, one television program focused on only good news. It looked for good news in the local community and even in other places. The show did not last because people seem to be more drawn to bad news. Our minds are hardwired to solve problems. When problems don’t exist, our minds become idle and we become bored with our situations. Therefore, subconsciously, we welcome obstacles so that we can figure out how to overcome or solve them.
Stimulation of Challenges
Just think about an obstacle course. Why do these even exist? If we weren’t so inclined to solve problems, these never would have become popular. But, we still participate in them because of the challenge involved. When we get past some obstacle, we get a feeling of elation, which increases in proportion to how extreme the obstacle. Getting past the obstacle may be instant or involve some time. It could be mental or physical, or both. It doesn’t matter. Whatever the situation, we welcome the challenge.
Some people will withdraw when faced with certain obstacles. They feel as though the obstacles are beyond their ability to solve them. This is unfortunate because we all have the capability of solving most situations. Even when the obstacles are dire, people who approach it in a positive manner will have a much greater chance of overcoming them. What is certain is if you don’t try, you will fail and that obstacle will become part of you in a negative way. It could destroy your life if you let it.
Obstacles are a part of life and as you have seen from this article, are necessary for our survival. They may be difficult to come to terms with. However, when we get to the point of overcoming them, we have tools we can use to make our lives better. This can extend to helping others as well.
Think about all this the next time you are faced with a difficult situation. It can make the difference in getting past the problem and you will become stronger in the process. You will also show others that you can deal with adverse situations.