An obstacle which is also called a barrier or stumbling block is anything that causes an obstruction from performing a task.

Nobody sets out with a plan to fail, but people often allow obstacles to get in their way of achieving success. Obstacles are put in the way to determine whether what you want is worth fighting for.

It is a test of fate, any obstacle you are going through is specifically designed to bring out the best version of yourself if you manage it very well. But the problem is, do we manage our problem well? Sometimes, we keep asking God why questions.

That is why people keep getting depressed and some end up in mental illness because it’s too overwhelmed for them.

Life is not always smooth all the time as we always think when we are growing up, at some point in life, you must meet challenges that will throw you off balance, the aim is to shape your old self and bring out the best in you but the process is too difficult to bear.

Nothing good comes easy but the good news is that in every obstacle, God had already provided a way of escape.

There is no such thing as an easy way to good succeed. Every path you choose to follow has its own obstacles that you need to overcome. The obstacles you face at every stage of your life has a purpose.

It keeps you on your feet, motivates you to thrive harder, and causes your mind to begin to figure out a way around it.

When Virgin Maria was told by an angel that She will be born Jesus Christ, her problem started from that moment.

How will she explain to people that she is pregnant from the holy spirit, imagine what was going on in her mind and after Jesus was born, her problems lingered till God finishes His plan in their life and today everybody is rejoicing with her, it was not easy for her to pass through those processes to become who she is today?

Everybody that became great today in the bible went through problems and overcome them.

Obstacles are not to be considered as STOP SIGNS that need to be avoided, they need to be confronted and overcome because they offer a whole new perspective of growth and success.

Sometimes, those obstacles are blessing in disguise. But in today’s life, everybody wants an easy life though people like to give testimony nobody wants to go through tribulations to overcome.

You can never become great while trying to avoid problems because you are too innocent to be blessed, sometimes, those obstacles are a gateway for you to impact lives around the world and to heal or make people that are going through the same thing to become whole again.


  1. Alter your perception: Changing your thought about obstacles will determine how daunting it will be to overcome. Some people’s perception of obstacles escalates them to seem bigger than they are.
  2. Even if they are big and serious, you need to perceive them as merely a detour. God can never give you anything bigger than you, He knows you will eventually overcome it.
  3. One guy was born without a limb, it was tough when he was growing up according to his testimony, along the line, he taught of committing suicide on several occasions till he had a shift in his life and reconsider, he started reading his bible all the time instead of wallowing in pain, today, he travels around the world inspiring people and converting souls, happily married with kids.

Look beyond your obstacles and find your purpose.

Changing your mindset will give you a different reaction when you encounter an obstacle. Instead of backing out or stopping and returning, you will be willing to try all the different approaches humanly possible to overcome it.

Be positive about yourself and whatever you believe in. Positivity comes with energy and enthusiasm that drives your mindset towards achieving the inevitable.

You never know what you got inside you till you try. Don’t see your obstacle as overwhelming but see it as a stepping stone and an opportunity to grow.

In the process of exploring new approaches, you may also get to learn something new about the situation and discover new ideas so that if Plan A doesn’t work, you will explore other options that could work.

  1. Focus on the possibilities and not the setbacks:  Sometimes, we have a negative approach towards our goals and visions.

We focus more on the problem, setbacks, and focus less on the possibility of actualizing that goal. Restrain yourself from having a pessimistic approach towards your goals, because if you do, you will be killing your drive and will begin to feel reluctant towards facing every obstacle on your way.

Those people with an optimistic attitude thrive in life because they believe they can change the world because of their positive and favorable attitude.

Why is it that when people are facing challenges in life, along the line some people will come out with a positive result while others are depressed and don’t have anything to show and some people develop a mental illness because they cannot handle the situation.

The truth is their mindset. If you have a positive mindset, you can change the unchangeable, and people will start asking how did you do that? You have got everything inside of you, it is left for you to activate it.

  1. Flip the obstacle on its head: Laura Ingalls Wilder once said; “there is good in everything if only we look for it”.

There is always a bright side to a situation, we just have to be patient and keep moving till we find it. People are suffering more because they refused to see the good in their obstacle, they kept beating themselves because they don’t know how they found themselves in that situation.

It is a normal way of life, just learn how to adapt and see good in everything.

The best way to overcome is to be focused and concentrate on yourself and not the problem. Everybody you see, have one thing or the other they are dealing with, but the problem now is how did you handle your own problem.

  1. Keep moving ahead and challenge the obstacle: Overanalyzing every obstacle you meet on the way will make them seem more intimidating than they are.

You may begin to question your ability to overcome them. Instead of overanalyzing every stumbling block, you meet on the way, focus on attacking the problem with determination and positivity.

You cannot always have every situation under control, but you can believe in yourself and have the courage to keep moving no matter the obstacles that lie ahead. Life is not fair to anyone; you can choose how you live your life of fall out of life.

God trusted you to handle that problem very well, don’t sit and complain, instead work on yourself and find a way out. Every problem has a solution, don’t cage your life, get out of your comfort zone because life will not give you, your heart desires on a platter of gold, you must work for it. If you want to live an extraordinary life, you must be willing to do extraordinary things to have it.

  1. Be ready for a diversion: Some people are used to a particular method of getting things done. If it doesn’t work, they don’t try to explore other options. They believe if the method or route they usually take doesn’t work, no other route will. You may never know what is on the other side until you go through the route. There may be better opportunities, in this new path you are taking.

You will not only achieve your goals; you will also learn a lot and have new ideas and approaches towards other goals.

  1. Seize the offensive: To do extraordinary things, you will have to stop shying away from negative situations. Great people never waste an opportunity to turn a crisis or personal tragedy to their advantage.

Learn to see obstacles as an opportunity to create solutions. Be creative enough to think outside the box and be bold to tackle the situation because you have all the power over your physical wellbeing to impact the world and create the life you want.

Success requires perseverance and commitment. You cannot find success in your comfort zone; they are on the other side of life which you are afraid of.

Moments like these are when you must seize the offensive because it is when people least expect it that you can pull off the greatest victories.

  1. Focus on the bigger picture: One of the best ways to create opportunities and new avenues when facing an obstacle is to focus on the bigger picture.

All successful people that have faced obstacles and overcome them never lost focus on the bigger plan/goals. Many of them fail many times before they succeed, what matters is your determination, even if you fail, never mind and keep trying.

The choice you make when you fail determines the quality of life you will have, either you shape your destiny, or you give up and let fate shape it for you. Every choice you make reflects your past, determines the outcome of your future.

Don’t give up hope and start looking down on yourself, you are born to be great and you have all it takes to bring out the best in you, just put more effort and see it to the finish.

To achieve a particular goal takes a lot of time, instead of getting frustrated, think of a better and easier method other people can follow when embarking on the same path. You will be helping a lot of people and acquiring knowledge.

So, whenever you encounter an obstacle, do not complain and quit, instead gather a lot of momentum and keep pushing forward having in mind that something greater lies ahead.