The Obstacle Becomes the Path

Clean Ladder @ 2012 Reebok Crossfit Games
2012 Reebok CrossFit Games – Clean Ladder – On the Tennis Stadium floor

“The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.” 

― Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage

Fantastic book by Ryan Holiday.  This quote is right on the money.  Many of us are programmed or conditioned to want to avoid a challenge/obstacle in our path.  We look for the detour or way around it.  The problem with this is it does nothing positive for us.  The challenge/obstacle in our path becomes the path.  We need to change our habits and our thinking in regards to challenges.  We must not forget that through adversity, through struggle, through hardships comes growth.  These are opportunities to improve our condition as Holiday writes.

This is something I spend time talking to my wife about and we both spend time explaining to our boys.  Our goal is to engrain these ideas in their heads from a young age.  As they grow they will have a choice on how they live.  That is totally up to them.  But for now I will teach them things like this.  Ideas on how to improve.  On how to be the best version of themselves.  To take the road filled with challenges rather than avoiding it.  To embrace the struggles and the obstacles so they may grow and have control in improving their condition.

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