November 21, 2018

A Barrier is an Opportunity to Create a Path for Others to Follow


The last 20 ahas dealt with starting and how important it is to start down the path to success.

Now that we have started, we will eventually hit barriers. These next set of aha’s deal with barriers and how to overcome them.

This first one sets the tone for the entire section because it reframes a barrier as not something that’s necessarily negative but as an opportunity to encourage others to follow you down the path to success.

No one exemplifies that more than South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius

Blade Runner

Oscar Pistorius is fast. Really fast.

What makes him even more remarkable is that he has double below-knee amputations which requires that he run using Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs — thus giving him the name “blade runner.”

Even more impressive is that he qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. Not the Paralympics (which he also qualified for) but the full up Olympics where he would compete with the likes of Usain Bolt — the fastest man in the world.

Oscar’s story is a perfect example of how a barrier can create an opportunity for others to follow since he was the first paraplegic ever to be on an Olympic team. Inspiring!

Blaze a Trail

Any barrier we face is an opportunity to demonstrate our endurance. By facing and smashing our barriers, we show others that while barriers might delay us, they don’t hold us back.

This not only encourages us to push harder but also allows us to lay the foundation for others to follow. I can’t wait to see what other paraplegics will do now that Oscar blazed a trail to the Olympics.

Ways to Take Action

  1. Never say never: Oscar worked hard and smashed his barrier to be an Olympic athlete. By having the never say never attitude, we allow ourselves an infinite opportunity to grow.

  2. Accept the challenge: Don’t be afraid to hit a barrier or challenge head on. That’s the only way we can demolish them.

  3. Be gracious: Once you break down the barrier, encourage others to do the same. Be gracious in your accomplishment. This will show your humility.

This aha is from my book, #ENDURANCE tweet Book 01— A Little Nudge to Keep You Going. The book is chalked full of mantras, sayings, words of wisdom and encouragements to help you get past your challenges so you can achieve your goals. If you found this aha inspiring or helpful, then I would appreciate your support by sharing it with a friend and/or purchasing a copy of the book. If you missed any past amplified posts, check out the #ENDURANCE tweet Amplified! page. Want to get my latest on enduring? Then sign up for my FREE newsletter. Thanks for reading and keep enduring!