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  • James McPartland

What Obstacles?

"In the great game of life, there are no obstacles, only conditions of the game."

— James McPartland

John F. Kennedy once pointed out that the word "crisis" in Chinese is written out using two separate characters: one stands for "danger", and the other "opportunity".

How perfect an analogy for how we view the challenges that arise in life. Hardships come and go daily, unannounced. How we view the stumbling blocks that come our way, will determine how we respond.

Acceptance is key.

We will always face challenges, no matter what we pursue. It is a natural part of life. What matters most is what we see, hear, and act upon when the opposition rears its ugly head.

How we choose to interpret the events is one of the keys to unlocking our best performance.

Ask yourself this:

Do I look and listen for what is in the way, or for what is on the way?

How you answer that question reveals your attitude and approach toward life.

We all get what we focus on, and often, we nail our own feet to the floor. Whatever it is that we are facing is bigger in our minds than anyplace else. It is only a game, and if we remain aware, we can see that the conditions of the game will inevitably change.

So friends, let's try to stay out of our heads and on the field. It is the only place where the real game is played.

Obstacles are often immovable; conditions consistently change. We must play to win under the conditions, versus playing not to lose against the obstacles.


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