“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” ~Henry Ford, American industrialist
I could make my point today talking about football.
But I won’t.
Even though I found a great photo of the goal line, I won’t talk about my favorite team (the Denver Broncos). I won’t talk about Tim Tebow … or about how no one in my family is allowed to talk to me when I’m watching football. No one.
Wait. Where was I?
I love the short, honest truth of Henry Ford’s quote: I can either focus on my goal or I can focus on the obstacles in the way of my goal.
And if I keep my eyes on my goal — what I’m aiming for — then I can’t concentrate on all those scary obstacles in my way. Yes, I have to deal with them. But the obstacles don’t became the all-encompassing focal point of my time and energy.
Stop and consider the difference there. It’s subtle, but it’s life changing. Select one goal. Just one. Now concentrate on getting to that goal. Determine to discover how you are going to accomplish that goal. Yes, there will be obstacles. But those hurdles, those impediments, they’re things you’ll conquer on the way to achieving your goal.
In Your Words: Is there a goal you’re working toward? Where’s your focus? On the goal you want to reach? Or on the obstacles between you and the goal?