3 Ways to Overcome the Obstacles to Success

Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to do to succeed in business was “follow the yellow brick road?”

Unfortunately, most roads to success include a lot of curves, bends and detours. Personally, I think the detours exist to make each of us show how committed we are to success. How bad do we want it? These obstacles can also be a great opportunity to take a step back and see the bigger picture of what we are doing.

What happens when your company hits a plateau or obstacle? What do you do when sales have leveled off, company morale has slipped and employees seem to be going through the motions at work? How can you get past the wall in front of your business in order to continue your climb to success?

Here are three simple steps to dealing with detours and obstacles to success:

1. Evaluate the Situation

What’s the problem? Is it something small, or was the path in front of you completely blown up? In most instances, the problem is usually minor, but don’t simply dismiss it as nothing; That’s when minor problems can become major issues. You also want to look for problems that become trends—whether it’s with your employees, vendors or customers. Trends can turn a $50 problem into a $5,000 nightmare.

Lastly, is your obstacle a “false wall?” Sometimes we can create our own detours out of fear. We may be afraid of success and create excuses as to why we can’t move forward.

2. Generate Possible Solutions

Problems can provide great learning opportunities for employees to make decisions. You can empower them to evaluate the situation and come up with possible solutions. This can be the first step in creating new leaders in your company.

However, don’t go with employees' first response; make sure they've looked at the problem from every angle. It’s imperative to make sure your team has all the information they need to assess the situation and make the best possible decision.

3. Attack the Problem

Once you and your team have decided on a solution for the problem, attack it! The last thing you want to do is have a problem, once thought handled, come back and wreak more havoc on your business. Recurring problems or detours can slow down your workforce productivity and potentially create morale problems. No one wants to deal with the same issues over and over again.

What are the current obstacles in your company’s path to success? Are you doing everything you can to bust through them, or are they slowing you down? Make the obstacles a priority, attack them and notice how much smoother the path becomes.

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