How To Look At Obstacles As Opportunities | Justin Kaufman

Justin Kaufman
2 min readApr 24, 2023

Some days, it’s easy to feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. That one is stuck in a never-ending stream of negativity with no hope for improvement. But despair is not the answer. Instead, a person needs to take a step back and look at things differently. Instead of focusing on one obstacle, try focusing on the opportunities they create. This blog post is going to break down the four ways a person can view obstacles from a new perspective, which will help them to look at them as opportunities.

1. Accepting Reality

One of the key aspects of this mindset is being able to acknowledge how a person see life. This is the first step to overcoming a problem and seeing it as an opportunity instead of a problem. When individuals go through life in a negative state, they are always thinking pessimistic. But when one stops and looks around, they’ll see that everything works out for the best most of the time. That’s what this step is about: accepting reality as it happens, instead of letting their mind create obstacles from imagined circumstances.

2.Craft a Storyline

One of the ways a person can look at life from a different perspective is by writing down their story in a journal. By writing down their thoughts and any obstacles they’re facing, they can get an idea of how they’re living day-to-day. When an individual goes through a tough time, it’s easy to forget that things have gotten better since then. By writing down the story of a tough situation, the person can see that things have gotten better.

3. Stop Blaming

Blame is one thing that prevents a person from accepting their situation and seeing it as an opportunity. The easiest way to deal with blame is to stop blaming others. No matter what situation a person is in, they need to remember that it’s their responsibility and the responsibility of others. Instead of focusing on every other reason a person fails, they need to focus on improving.


By looking at situations for what they are, instead of what they’re not, a person can gain an opportunity to look at success from a different point of view. By transforming every hardship into a chance to experience new possibilities, a person can start to see obstacles as opportunities.

Originally published at on April 24, 2023.