The Obstacle Is The Way

Today’s Daily Stoic Meditation outlines how the obstacle is the way.

The obstacle is not in the way — the obstacle is a brilliant chance for you to demonstrate your skills, get around the obstacle and become victorious.

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“While it’s true that someone can impede our actions, they can’t impede our intentions and our attitudes, which have the power of being conditional and adaptable. For the mind adapts and converts any obstacle to its action into a means of achieving it. That which is an impediment to action is turned to advance action. The obstacle on the path becomes the way.”

— MARCUS AURELIUS, MEDITATIONS, 5.20

The Wrong Notion

Whenever you are faced with a fairly large obstacle, your reaction is often one of fear, tepidity, confusion and anticipation.

You are fearful, for you do not know what it is and how it may impact you.

You are anticipating what may come next and how it will impact your life.

The natural reaction to an obstacle is negative — we see them as things that get in our way and hold us back.

However, not all obstacles are so negative.

Many obstacles can actually be used to help you!

Obstacles can be used to enhance your skills, encourage your confidence and help you progress.

The Obstacle Is The Way

The obstacle is the way.

This means exactly what it says — the only way you’ll move forward is by facing that obstacle.

Facing obstacles takes lots of skills, such as perseverance and strength.

However, it is something we can all do.

More importantly, it is something we must do.

If you want to truly grow and advance, you must face those challenging obstacles.

Obstacles are placed as a test: will you pass or fail?

Through battling with an obstacle you can improve greatly, and you may even come out victorious!

Just Face It

Having said all this, what’s the best course of action?

There’s no chance that fear has been instantly dispelled — many will still likely hold onto fear, and be reluctant to tackle those big obstacles.

However, there will be no progress if you do not take action.

There will be no progress if you hide in fear or reluctancy.

The best course of action is to just face it.

Throw yourself, in a calm and calculated way, at the obstacle.

Give it all you’ve got!!

Fear Is Fabricated

Fear is just in the mind.

Fear is not tangible — you cannot see it or hold it.

Fear is just an awful emotion created by your mind to divert you from greatness.

See the fear, acknowledge the fear, but do not let it take over.

Go at the obstacle and the fear will be dispelled by action!

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