Overcoming Obstacles

“Being aware of your fear is smart.  Overcoming it is the mark of a successful person.” ~ Seth Godin


Today is the start of a 3-Day series, to encourage and inspire the start of your 2014 year.

Your 2014 will be better than your 2013!


Remember, your perspective will be the determining factor of how successful your 2014 will be.

No matter your current position in life, know there are better goals, accomplishments, and challenges awaiting you.

Rarely do I watch TV with three young boys, but I happened to catch an inspirational program on ESPN Sports Center called College Gameday Feature.  I must say the ESPN crew did a great job.

There were several many amazing stories, but Jake Olson’s story left a long lasting impression.

Jake Olson’s story starts with him having a fascination with football.  He played football as a young man.  However, his toughest challenge would not present itself on the football field, but his greatest challenge was the cancer he was born with as a child.

At 1 year old, he lost his left eye because of a form of cancer called retinablastoma.  Just 12 years later, at the age of 13, he lost his right eye as well.  Technically, he is blind because he lost both his eyes, but he did not let that stop him from seeing his dreams come true.  He still was able to play football in high school on special teams squad as a field goal snapper.  He did not allow what was thought to be his limitations hold him back from conquering his hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

What goals, dreams, aspirations, and goals do you have?

The most impressive thing about Jake Olson’s story was his ability to Overcome his Obstacles!

What obstacles do you need to overcome?

After watching the story of Jake Olson, none of us have an excuse not achieve the goals and/or dreams.

Let me leave you with this thought…

Cancer may have taken the eyesight of Jake Olson, but it did not take his love for football and dreams of living beyond his obstacles.

“Brokenness does not exist in the body.  It exist in the mind, heart and spirit.  My mind, heart, and spirit remains whole.” ~ Jake Olson


Action: Acknowledge your fears are by writing them down, then you will be able to set goals to overcome them. 

Question: What’s holding you back?  What are your limitations?  Will you carry those limitations into 2014? (Please leave a comment below.)

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