The power of stories
- Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
Welcome to my podcast The Power of Stories: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities.
When life throws you lemons, make lemonade; when you think the world is a dark place, look out for the helpers; there is always a silver lining.
There are many platitudes we offer when people face hardship and sometimes, they're not very helpful - because you're allowed your pain and validation in your struggles. However, life's a balancing act, and if you allow challenges - and obstacles - to become your full and all-consuming storyline and focus, you're likely to enter a bleak state of mind that can be truly harmful to your emotional wellbeing.
And let's be honest, 2020 was a rubbish year globally! It was full of pain and hurt. Even for those who made the most of this year, or who enjoyed the slower pace and the introversion paradise of lockdown, there was no denying the pain others felt.
Looking at life and seeing sour lemons as an opportunity to make lemon meringue pie, lemon drizzle cake or lemonade is a choice but sometimes the sourness can feel so overwhelming that it doesn't seem that way - I get it. Been there, done that! And that's why I created the podcast and started interviewing ordinary people who had faced real hardship and yet has used this as a motivator and springboard for better things to come, who refused to let these obstacles become their dominant story - and in so doing, became extra-ordinary people, not due to fame and fortune but by choosing a life of purpose and joy rather than sorrow and fear.
Each week (Monday), I'll share a new interview with someone who's faced an obstacle and refused to let it define them or hinder them in their goals, dreams or wants for a better outcome or life.
The idea - the hope - is that these stories will inspire you if you're feeling stuck and unhappy or if you're struggling with your own obstacles and give you motivation to turn your own story into one of options, opportunities, learning and growth.
I'm one of those annoying people who believe that there is no such thing as a failure, only a learning curve.