If you’re facing obstacles in the pursuit of a worthy goal, congratulations! That’s normal. What’s not normal is pushing through the obstacles with creative solutions. Many people simply give up when obstacles occur and cease their pursuit, settling for what the way things have always been.
When we face obstacles, it feels like a fork in the road where we can make one of two choices:
- Get creative and adjust our approach.
- Return to the status quo.
If you’re pursuing a goal, it’s probably because you’re tired of the status quo. Therefore this choice should be pretty easy. It’s time to get creative.
So what are some things we can do to spark creativity, so that we can push through obstacles and challenges? Here are 3 suggestions:
- Come up with 10 ideas to a problem every day. This comes from James Altucher on the Ask Altucher podcast, where he says coming up with 10 ideas a day will help you “flex your Idea Muscle” and cause you to become better at generating ideas becoming more creative.
- Ask for ideas from others. Don’t critique their ideas or say why they won’t work. Rather use them as building blocks for new ideas that can lead to creative solutions.
- Read or listen to books, blogs, or podcast that talk about creativity or how people solved problems.
One more suggestion to become more creative in the face of obstacles is to remember why you’re in pursuit of your goal in the first place. Think about what motivated you to get started, and specifically what you’ll give up if you do indeed give up on this pursuit! Then ask yourself, “Am I fine with going back to the way things have always been?” For me, the answer is always “No. I wouldn’t be fine with that.” This answer provides me with the direction and motivation I need to press on and move ahead.
No matter what you’re pursuing, the probability that you’ll face obstacles is high. Be aware of the certainty of obstacles, when you begin your next goal. Doing so will enable you to think creatively from the outset about how to will overcome these obstacles when they arrive.