How to Overcome Obstacles and Achieve Success

How to Overcome Your Biggest Obstacles

A new year is here, and with it comes the opportunity to create a fresh start on our goals with a renewed sense of hope, high energy, and drive. Although last year may have had setbacks and significant challenges, it wasn’t easy to accomplish all you set out to do. This year can be different, and if you want to charge forward and achieve the new goals you have set, it’s essential to have the right mindset.

Your goals might be to hire a career coach and get unstuck in your career, change careers, find a new job, get a raise or a promotion, ace your next interview, or update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.

It’s time to Claim the Lead

This past year was challenging for many and included too many obstacles that were outside of your control. You’re probably feeling worn down, disempowered, and uncertain about how this year can be different.

I want to encourage you to acknowledge how you feel and accept that you did the best you could, given all the curve balls that life tossed your way. I also want to invite you to become curious about change and what is inside your control to change for the better.

A ‘claim the lead‘ mindset is one that the most successful and happy people I know have. Once people with a ‘claim the lead‘ mindset are aware of a problem, they find out what resources are needed to solve it. They focus on the solution rather than on the problem itself.

This type of mindset is energizing, empowering, and often leads to transformation. Transformation is the process of changing the overall way you approach your work to achieve measurable improvements in efficiency, effectiveness, and long-term satisfaction in your life.

So how can you transform your mindset to claim the lead in your life?

Here are three practical tips you can use to begin practicing the claim the lead mindset:

Breathe and ground yourself to overcome obstacles 

When you bump up against an obstacle that feels too big for you to get past, take a few minutes to breathe and ground yourself. The chances are that the initial surge of doubt that you felt will dissipate, and when it does, you’ll have a clear perspective of what’s actually in front of you. Then you can focus resources on what’s within your control to change. Work towards a solution to minimize the impact of what appears to be getting in your way.

Don’t stop short to overcome obstacles. 

Have you ever stopped short of your intended goal because it got too hard? Life can be uncomfortable— positive change and transformation will require you to stretch outside of your comfort zone, and it will feel hard at times. When it does, I encourage you to keep going. You might have to change your pace, level of intensity, or the order in which you set out to accomplish your goal, but don’t stop. If you stop short of your plan, you will never achieve what you set out to do, and your confidence will begin to erode.

Get organized to overcome obstacles.

Being disorganized is an obstacle in and of itself. How many times have you held yourself back because you couldn’t find something critical to move forward? How many minutes a day do you waste organizing your disorganization? Explore what resources you need to manage your life. It could be a planner to help you focus, a coach to help you set goals, implement them, and be accountable to yourself and what you accomplish this year. When organized, you can accomplish more in less time and feel energized rather than drained at the end of the day.

So this year, I encourage you to look at any obstacle, problem, or curveball that comes your way and ask, “How can I use this as an opportunity to claim the lead?” This transformation in your thinking will allow you to accomplish the goals you have set and grow through any adversity.


Teena Evert, CEO Claim the Lead

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