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One recommended idea from the ancient stoics is about obstacles.
Most people hate obstacles.
They pop up right when you think everything is going fine.
People even avoid physical obstacles at all costs.
Like a guy I used to know down at my local bike shop.
He said he’d ride miles and miles just to avoid a big hill.
Most of the time, obstacles are imaginary.
Things we believe might happen.
A few times, they are real.
You’ve got a great idea for a business idea, but you need to convince that ONE GUY at your company.
That ONE GUY who thinks he’s on a mission from God to say NO to everybody.
In Their Mind
Or sometimes obstacles are in other people’s brains.
Like you are selling something to somebody.
And you KNOW what you have will fit with what they are looking for.
You know this because they told you what they were looking for.
They told you their budget.
So you KNOW it’s a perfect match.
But they have a voice in the back of their minds.
A whiny little voice that says:
“I don’t know…”
And unless you can overcome THEIR obstacle, you aren’t making any money.
Or maybe you’re talking to a cute girl at the bar.
And you’ve been having a FANTASTIC conversation with her.
Nobody’s bored or glancing around or furtively checking their phone.
You KNOW it’s on like Donkey Kong.
But then she offers “last minute resistance.”
She’s got the same voice in her head.
“I don’t know…”
Maybe she’s worried what her friends may think.
Maybe she’s worried about potential opportunity costs.
Unless you address her obstacles in a way that makes sense to HER, you’re not getting jack.
Or maybe your obstacles are absolutely real, and absolutely mental.
You’d LOVE a job as an engineer.
But you need to take some math that TERRIFIES you.
And if you try and fail, your dreams are TOAST.
So instead, you don’t try.
A dream that might come true is better than a dream that’s been demolished, right?
One of my favorite movies is “Revolver.”
A really strange metaphorical description of the human ego.
In the movie, one character overcome his ego, and achieved a kind of enlightenment.
At one critical point in the movie, he heard his mentor.
Normally, this guy was terrified of elevators.
And when he was ready, when he was deciding which to take, the stairs or the elevator, he heard the voice.
Behind Your Fears
“Whatever you fear most, that is where you’ll find him.”
Him, of course, was his ego.
Whom he battled, and won, and attained a kind of enlightenment, in the elevator.
Very, very similar to the stoic recommendation I alluded to earlier.
A very simple, very powerful piece of advice.
The obstacle is the way.
Whatever you want, it is on the OTHER SIDE of your obstacles.
Some obstacles are big hills that you’ve just got to grind up and over.
But some obstacles, most obstacles, are mental.
And you can destroy them, one by one.
And get to the greatness on the other side.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.