Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK!


Hello friends, I'm excited to introduce L. Diane Wolfe as our guest blogger today. She is releasing her new book about overcoming obstacles in a week! She's a spunky redhead and lots of fun to get to know. After her post, keep reading for an excerpt from Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting.

Then remember to head on over to God Uses Broken Vessels (my blog) for part 2!
Welcome Diane,
Angie


Diane: "Barriers and obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal. If we are pursuing a God-given dream, however, then we cannot let these problems stop us. God doesn’t give up and neither should we!"


Excerpt from “Overcoming Obstacles with SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting”
– Chapter 23: Moving Past Barriers

Every human on earth faces challenges. Even Jesus dealt with difficulties! No one’s life is perfect. We will always encounter opposition and problems that slow our progress. However, obstacles should never stop our growth. Troubles should not be allowed to decrease our self-esteem, either.

Mistakes will be made, but the key is to learn from these setbacks and stumbling blocks. Errors should be viewed as opportunities to grow and change. When we fail to learn, our self-image receives a blow. Mistakes that appear minor can simply devastate us if we allow them to halt all forward progress. Don’t allow something as small as a pebble to cause a fall. Stand up, dust off, and remember we are greater than any earthly problem. Besides, if no one will care in a hundred years, then neither should we!

Reality is all a matter of perception in our minds. Instead of merely hoping for success, speak as if it were already true. A car salesman with a goal of moving fifteen cars a month should not say that is what he wants, he should say it’s already an accomplishment. If a man desires to exercise thirty minutes every day, he should say that he is actively doing it right now. It is not a lie, but an attempt to inform the brain of the desired reality. Our minds are so powerful, they will begin to conform to such a reality and make it happen!

Sounds crazy doesn’t it? However, positive self-talk really works. We are reprogramming our minds for success. By telling our brain the desired result, it goes to work and takes steps toward that goal. As we slowly move toward our target, we enjoy small accomplishments. Every time we experience these little victories, our self-esteem rises. As our self-image grows, so does our confidence, and we are willing to continue taking steps toward our ultimate goal. It’s the vicious cycle, only with a positive twist! We accomplish this through the power of words of affirmation, just as the Bible says to speak and we shall move mountains.

Within those pages is also the story of the Talents and the idea of use it or lose it. We all possess talents and strengths upon which we should focus. If we do not exercise such gifts, those abilities diminish in effectiveness. We should not envy another’s capability or attempt to duplicate his results exactly. While our friend might choose one course of action, our strengths will likely take us on a different path to reach the intended target. As long as it is moral, ethical, and legal, there is more than one way to skin a cat! We are to concentrate on our talents and find our own route to success.

Life’s challenges can overwhelm us completely when we are exhausted. The world in which we reside can grow very hectic. Time constraints can eventually squeeze our very soul. Our energy wanes, judgments turn questionable, and emotional control grows difficult. We simply cannot perform our best when exhausted. As we begin to drag, so does our self-esteem.

Like a battery, we must occasionally recharge. Allowing for a full night’s sleep or periods of rest during the day is vitally important. A little extra sleep is good for a tired body. Don’t forget that our minds require energizing as well. Senses grow dull when there are no new stimuli on which to feed. Provide the brain with a change of scenery and a break, too. Once rested and refreshed, we can attack our problems anew.

Since confidence grows shaky when we cannot solve a problem, our self-esteem will also begin to slide. Rather than feel frustrated by what is perceived as an insurmountable barrier, set the challenge aside for a moment. Instead, tackle a new activity- one in which it is possible to excel! By achieving a measure of success, even in something as simple as gardening or a sport, we feel invigorated and our confidence grows. Armed with this fresh victory, we’ll feel prepared to take on life’s challenges once again.

L. Diane Wolfe
Author & Professional Speaker
www.spunkonastick.net
www.thecircleoffriends.net

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for doing the interview. I really liked the part about extra sleep right now! (The time change-whoo)
    But positive thinking is going in the right direction. Sounds like a great motivational book.
    Thank you again for visiting with us today.

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  2. Great info, Diane. Maybe that's why I get some of my best ideas while I'm doing the dishes. The success of a clean kitchen spurs me on :-D

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  3. Thank you Belinda & Mindy!

    And guess you'll just have to keep doing the dishes, Mindy...

    L. Diane Wolfe
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
    www.spunkonastick.net
    www.thecircleoffriends.net

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  4. Thanks so much for being with us today, Diane! I'm late checking in. I've been working all day. And my son came home from college tonight. (a couple of days for spring break). :)

    Your book looks great!

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  5. Thanks, Missy!

    L. Diane Wolfe
    www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
    www.spunkonastick.net
    www.thecircleoffriends.net

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