Just a few weeks ago, I met someone who has overcome obstacles and challenges that many of us will never have to face. As I got to know this inspiring young man better, I thought back to an “I can’t” phone conversation I had about a year ago.
That “I can’t” conversation lasted 45 minutes. Every question as to why a timeline had not been met or a task completed, was met with a plaintive “I can’t”, “I don’t have time” or “It’s too hard.” When asked “What can you do?”, “Is there another way to achieve this goal?” or “When will you complete this?” she was unable to come up with any ideas, suggestions or revised timelines.
What a difference.
Sometimes the challenges and obstacles put in our way force us to change direction. Sometimes our future ends up looking different than we originally planned.
We choose our focus. We can choose to focus on what we can’t do or on what we can do. That choice dramatically impacts our ability to overcome obstacles.
Successful people and successful businesses focus on what can be done. Whatever your insurmountable wall, your challenge, or your difficult situation is, focus on what you can do and then do it.