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We all face obstacles in and outside of work, often minor ones that occur on a daily basis. But occasionally we are confronted by something of a completely different magnitude, whether at work or not, something so big that we quail in the face of it. Often, we can enlist the help of others to confront such towering obstacles. But sometimes we have to handle it mostly on our own. Here are some tips to do that.

1. Change your mindset

Often, when something seems insurmountable, it is not the obstacle itself but our own insecurities that make it difficult to confront. We have beliefs that hold us back. We feel that we are not capable of handling the situation for one reason or another, that we lack a certain talent or character trait needed.

So the first thing you need to do is confront these negative beliefs and overcome them. You do this by constantly reiterating to yourself new, more positive thoughts and beliefs.

Then, look at the challenge as more of an opportunity than a problem. Think about what you will learn, become, and gain by tackling the issue.

2. Make changes to your usual approach

We usually approach our problems in the same way, using the same methods. But bigger challenges usually require new approaches. You may have to make changes to your usual routines to free up more time and energy.

Be flexible and willing to make changes to your lifestyle and work habits.

3. Dive in

There is an aphorism about dealing with big obstacles – Treat the difficult things as if they were easy, and the easy things as if they were difficult. In other words, if you have a big, hairy problem, dive in take some action right away, as if it were a simple task and easily taken care of.

This will help you to gain confidence and momentum. Beginnings are often the hardest part of any project.

4. Think about the consequences of inaction.

Something else that will help you get motivated is considering what would happen if you don’t tackle the problem. What will the negative consequences be?

5. Concentrate on your progress, rather than the final goal.

If you continually focus on your end goal, it may discourage you and slow your work. Rather, zero in on the progress you are making each day, and take heart in the knowledge that you are closer to your goal today than you were yesterday.

It may also help to set up benchmark or intermediate goals along the way to help give you more of a sense of movement and accomplishment.

6. Plan how you will rest and recharge

Big challenges require a significant time commitment. That is why even before you begin, plan when you will take breaks and what you will do to recharge during your break. This will help motivate you because it helps you to plan your schedule, and the breaks act as a reward for your work.

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