“Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”

This is a very meaningful quote, that a friend of mine shared with me a few years ago.  Michael Jordan, one of my friend’s heroes, has been quoted as saying it.

I now have that verse taped up in my office at work to help remind me of the powerful message during the difficult, stressful times at work.

To me, the verse encourages us to keep our eyes on the goal at hand, so we can overcome any obstacles that  might arise or that we may be facing.

I think we can apply that verse to any aspect in our life.

…If you are a student going to school, you need to keep your eyes on graduation.

…If you are a musician, you need to keep your eyes fixed on that album you are in the process of making.

…If you are a writer, you might need to keep your eyes on the book you are writing.

…If you are a chef who wants to start their own restaurant, keep your eyes on that goal.

…If you work, there might be a major deadline to meet so you keep your eyes on getting that big contact awarded.

…If you are a cancer patient going through treatments, you  want to focus on that last treatment.


Photo by Celestine Chua under Creative Commons License (CC BY 2.0)

No matter what stage in your life that you find yourself, I think there is some goal that you can keep your eyes fixed on. Even though there will be tough times and possibly many obstacles that arise, if you keep your eyes on the goal you will succeed. Keep being persistent and fighting through whatever adversity comes your way.

So, what is the latest goal in your life?  Try to keep your eyes on the goal so you can overcome the obstacles you may endure.

“…But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.  I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  –Philippians 3:13-14


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