Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

How to Find Opportunity in Every Obstacle


I am re-reading “Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude” and one of the points that jumped out at me a few days ago was the term, “inspirational dissatisfaction.” What that means is instead of becoming discouraged when we are faced with difficulties, obstacles, or hard times, we find inspiration.

You may or may not have heard of Dani Johnson, but she is someone who clearly had “inspirational dissatisfaction” when she found herself homeless and living for 30 days in her car. She decided she had enough and began cold calling from a pay phone. She was determined to make her life better and today, she is a multi-millionaire.

W. Clement Stone had a habit of choosing to believe the world was plotting to do him good. Therefore, whenever he faced a challenging life event he found inspiration to look for what it could mean to make his life better and help him advance toward his goals.

Sometimes it can be hard to imagine that the hardships we face are actually opportunities in disguise. However, that is exactly how we should envision such circumstances. God is a good God. He wants you to be happy. Expect that He is supporting you and bringing you opportunity even if at first it is disguised as a challenge.

Take the approach that whatever shows up in your life is there for a reason. Find the reason and believe that things are there for your betterment. Everything in life is moving you toward your destiny and is there to help you grow, achieve and become a better person.

We should constantly ask ourselves, “What can I learn from this?” Remind yourself to look for the positive in the situation and find the seed of opportunity.

Believe the world is conspiring to make your life better, even it may not seem that way at the time. Find your own inspirational dissatisfaction.

Know that opportunities and miracles will reveal themselves in even the most dire of circumstances.

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