April 25, 2017

A Barrier is an Opportunity to Learn How to Jump

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Continuing on the We Create and Destroy our Own Barriers theme, this aha puts forth a different type of attitude about barriers — that they are growth opportunities.

When we take a more positive attitude about the struggles, obstacles and barriers we need to overcome, we start to change our attitudes about them. This attitude adjustment makes it a lot easier to endure all sorts of struggles because we now welcome a challenge instead of being discouraged by them.

A 1,000 Words A Day

One of the reasons I choose to write this series (recall, I’m amplifying all 140 tweets or ahas in the book) is because I wanted to write a 1,000 words a day (I’m about 10 days in and so far so good).

The barriers that pop up on this 1,000 word a day journey are many. The biggest one is finding ideas and stories to showcase as examples.

Now, I have plenty of stories to tell but for some reason, staring at the blank screen, they tend to be elusive.

So that’s why I have taken a slightly different approach to overcoming the story barrier — themes.

I use themes to craft my stories for each section of the book (this section is Breaking Through Barriers). By thinking of themes instead of stories, I can get around the barrier of having to think of a story mid writing session.

Instead, I just jot down the theme, keep going and fill in the story later. I do the same for the Ways to Take Action section. It’s actually kinda hard to come up with original ways to take action :).

Ways to Take Action

  1. Leave placeholders: It’s okay to come back to a problem as long as you leave a placeholder for the solution.

  2. Throwaway work: Sometimes it makes sense to just do something that you know won’t be used. This throwaway or practice work is a great way to get new and creative ideas flowing.

  3. Idea bucket: I keep an idea bucket (not literally. It’s a file of story ideas) so that when I hit a barrier or block, I can look over the idea bucket to find inspiration.


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!