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At age 15 Gladys developed a travel service that would prosper for more than 30 years. She is a national award winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, author and columnist. Visit her at www.gladysedmunds.com

Don't Let Obstacles Hold You Back

Don't Let Obstacles Hold You Back

Dear Gladys,

I have started a home-based sales business. I know I can make a good living at it. The problem is, every possible obstacle keeps getting in my way making it hard to concentrate on business. My kids are grown and I am divorced, so there is no one here to distract me. It’s all the other things that keep getting in the way. My business requires that I do home parties. So far I have had to cancel four parties because of a friend’s emergency that needed my attention. And twice my car wouldn’t start. I finally got a new car and last night someone hit it and completely destroyed it. In addition to wrecking my car the driver ran into my front porch and damaged it. My nerves are shattered. How can I get around these things and get down to business?

Thank you – M.S.

Some things that happen in life just can’t be explained; your car and porch would fall under that category. The other things: your non-starting car and emergencies for your friend are indeed another matter.

There are alternatives to reaching our destinations other than driving our cars, and four emergencies for your friend is something that only you can answer. I am a firm believer in self-inquisition. And it is through checking in with yourself to learn more about why you are letting things get between you and your business.

The great philosopher Socrates was famous for his “know thy self” approach to life. He spent his life talking to himself, asking questions, and seeking better and more truthful answers. He and the Socratic philosophers who came after him believed that the meaning of life involved the ability of man to know himself.

A proven method for getting to know more about yourself is to write things down. You can do this on a tablet. I like to use a spiral notebook. Writing the things that are blocking your success gives you something to review and note the progress that you’ve made in overcoming them. I have found the best way for me to get beyond an obstacle is to write a question: “Why did I let my friend’s problems stop me from doing my work?” And then start to answer yourself in writing. Don’t except the first answer that comes up. Often the first answer comes from the ego. Continue to ask yourself the “Why” throughout and keep writing until you feel a breakthrough.

Writing about the fears and obstacles that we have to face in life helps us to face them better. As long as they are tucked away inside it is easy to bury them or hide from them. Bring your troubles, obstacles and problems out into the open by writing them down. And you will find that when you face situations in this way you stand a good chance of removing obstacles and solving problems.