Obstacles are something we run into on a regular basis.  They may be physical obstacles, such as construction on our way to work.  They may be psychological, such as a fear that prevents us from doing something.  Regardless of the type of obstacle, we must address the issue if we want to feel better about the situation.  If construction on our usual route to work slows us down, we need to decide if we are going to continue taking that route or chose an alternative route.   If our obstacle is fear, we need to decide if we are going to continue to harbor that fear or if we are going to do something about it.

I take great pleasure in helping people identify and remove obstacles which are preventing them from achieving something better.  Obstacles are the norm, not the exception, so it is vital to be able to deal with them.  When someone identifies an obstacle, I first ask him/her to describe what life would look like if that obstacle was not in the picture.  I then ask what this obstacle is costing them.  Perhaps it is impeding the healing of a relationship or looking for a more satisfying job.  Once the person identifies the cost of this obstacle, I ask what he/she can do to remove this obstacle.  A good way to boost one’s confidence when dealing with an obstacle is to have the client identify his/her individual strengths to draw on while dealing with the difficulty at hand.  By asking a series of thought-provoking questions such as these, it empowers people to see that they do have the ability to overcome obstacles and lead a more satisfying life.

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