overcome challenges

Every now and then we hit a brick wall.

Life’s like that.

And we tend to think that everyone else hurls themselves over the walls into their unknown, yet amazing future in one magic leap.

Maybe they do have a magical touch, but it’s one that’s available to us all. Real magic lies within you, in believing in yourself.  Do that and you can do anything.

We’ve all been given the same tools, maybe we’ve forgotten them, or never opened the tool box.  So here’s a few practices that can make the brick walls seem a little less daunting. And even though you might not be vaulting over them in one giant leap, you’ll know that they’re not insurmountable.

1.Challenge the impossible

Only when we give free reign to our imagination are we able to really challenge the impossible.

Columbus giving free reign to his imagination asked, what if I could sail all around the world? His subconscious did the rest and he found himself on a ship sailing towards what everyone believed was his demise; after all they all thought the world was flat.

Doesn’t matter what you do or who you are, you have the same incredible power of imagination as those who dared to challenge the impossible. Imagination is your magic carpet.

Those who built great buildings and bridges, decided they could fly, created vaccines, lit entire cities, all used the wonder working power of imagination.

Put your imagination to work for you. With a little faith and a lot of persistence you’ll be tapping into your subconscious mind and stirring it into action on your behalf.

2.Be committedcommitment

Commitment is an underused tool. Practice being committed to something, anything. Start small, get an idea, then commit to bringing that idea to life, regardless of any seeming brick wall or obstacle in your way.

Nothing speaks more powerfully of your sincere burning desire to overcome challenges and embrace abundance than your commitment to live a life of excellence.

If you’re not too sure why this works, let William H Murray remind you:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

3.Listen well

Think of life as a giant message, writ large, as the poets say.  It’s written all around us and we ignore the messages at our peril. And maybe risk ending up in the middle of somewhere we don’t want to be, or on the receiving end of some experience we don’t want to have.

If we’re sick, it’s a message. If our relationships rarely work out, it’s a message. If we struggle with money, it’s a message.

Angry, unhappy, resentful, drained…all messages telling us something is out of sync.  We’re moving through life unconsciously. It’s one of life’s great privileges to be aware enough to adapt and change.

If you’re not where you want to be today, pay attention to these messages. The reflections of our life are accurate, our perception of them less so. Where others see only the outer reality, seek the inner source and make the changes there.

4.Stay in touchhelping hand

Staying in touch with our authentic selves is paramount to our health and well-being.

It’s easy to run away with the idea that there’s some sort of universal reward for the cheats, liars and double dealers in our midst.  But don’t be fooled.

We’re not just our physical bodies, we’re multidimensional beings, spiritual, emotional, mental and yes physical and knowing that as we sow we’re surely going to reap, it makes sense to live life with the greatest amount of integrity we can muster.

At the end of the day our life, when well lived, is the sum total of all those little moments when we’ve chosen to do the right thing rather than the easy.

When we’ve held out our hand and helped someone up or out, when we’ve shown tenderness to those who’ve been hurt, when we’ve been supportive of those in need, and gracious with the elderly or the young.

And perhaps the time might come when you’ll be glad someone like you is in your life.

5.Be generous

Cultivate a giving mentality. It doesn’t need to be something physical, give of yourself. Share your time, your attention.  Just be kind.

Don’t get caught up in another’s moods, unless they’re brilliantly happy. Raise people up. Inspire, encourage, motivate. Determine to always leave someone else in a higher vibration; believe in them where they struggle to believe in themselves.

As that bloke from across the pond said ‘lo those many years ago.  Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. ~ William Shakespeare.

None of this costs you a darn thing and the rewards can be extraordinary.

We are one with universal energy, you can’t get away from what you sow you reap. Cultivating a giving mentality puts you squarely in the energy of abundance, and you will harvest greater plenty and abundance in its many forms.

6.Get clarity

Decide your day, decide each moment.

Think about it.  When you’ve chosen the outcome, you’ve instantly discarded other distractions.

Don’t get caught up in confusion.  Choose now. There is only now and it’s filled with opportunities and possibilities. Don’t fritter them away by dilly dallying.

As someone who spends invests a lot of time on a computer, the worst mistake I make is not having chosen where to focus my attention. An hour goes by pretty darned quickly.

Getting clear on what you plan to accomplish and what outcomes you intend to have allows for a free flow of amazing ideas. Make your time count.

And when you move on to a new task, decide again. Life keeps on moving, each second ticking away, don’t drown yourself in a sea of indecision.

If you’re stuck behind that brick wall, right now, decide to see yourself in the place you want to be. Visualizing it is the first step in that direction. You might not make it over the wall in a day, but you can begin the climb right now.

Ultimately how easily you overcome challenges depends on your willingness to persist. If you persist in climbing, eventually you’ll reach your destination. Now’s the time to remove those blocks to abundance. Now’s the time to become who you’ve always wanted to be. Doing so is a mammoth act of service.

I’d love to hear in the comments below your thoughts and insights on getting over the obstacles that block your path . You often lead the way in encouraging us all and I’m always truly grateful for you being here, reading, commenting and sharing.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle


Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. Hi Elle; another great post. being open to helping others is a good place to start. Even if you don’t believe you have the skills to help someone with their issue you can encourage and support them. You can be there to listen with love and without judgement or criticism. One of the main reasons why i leave comments and share my friends posts is because its a little thing that I know i can do for them. yes it helps me, but i wouldn’t leave half hearted comments just to get the reward. and you are right how you treat the elderly the sick the disabled, the young, etc says a lot about you. a friend once told me that at the washington monument there is a small sign in front of the stairs that says there is no waiting for those who are willing to climb. so, i hope your post encourages others to start that slow climb up that wall to the person that God created you to be the person you deserve to be. thanks again and take care, max

    • Elle

      Hi Max, love that sign at the Washington Monument…how great is that. It’s very clear that you have a beautiful soul Max and I thank you for sharing it here with us. 🙂

  2. Yes we do all hit blocks and not just to abundance, Having clarity was what stood out for me, thank Elle

    • Elle

      Hi Suzie, thanks for stopping by and let’s assume together that those blocks grow smaller and smaller as we grow and expand our inner being. 🙂

  3. This is one of my favorite posts ever on your blog! Love the line about seeing life as a message, but really every section offers so much wisdom.

    I’m removing some obstacles of a sort right now, although I haven’t really thought about it like that, by putting my blog to rest. I’ve posted my last blog post (hope you’ll stop by), and I wanted to stop by to say a personal thank you to you. You have been a great friend to me, encouraging me, challenging me, delighting me, and just being kind and positive in so many ways. You spread a lot of sunshine, my friend!

    Wishing you all the best, and thank you, Galen

    • Elle

      Oh dearest Galen, I’m going to miss your nourishing and inspiring words in our bloggersphere. May your new path be blessed in the way you have blessed us these past three years. Please keep in touch and let us know what your next greatest adventure will be. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. 😀

  4. Hi Elle,
    That’s a brilliant post.
    Loved it thoroughly.
    especially about having a giving attitude.I rate the giving attitude as one of the biggest wealths we possess,because you may have tons of material wealth yet if this attitude is missing there is little to feel wealthy about.
    This may sound strange but i have personally witnessed,more than once,people in abject poverty more willing to share their few possessions with others, than better endowed people would consider doing.There’s little left to guess who’s more wealthy.
    Good point you make about messages all around us in life.
    I enjoyed that phrase elle, ” determine to always leave someone else in a higher vibration”…..this is a gem!And i’m keeping it.
    Thanks for leaving us in a higher vibe.

    • Elle

      Hi Mona, what wonderful people you’ve met and you are so right, riches or abundance isn’t actually about how much ‘stuff’ we have…but about those inner diamonds of loving, caring and giving. 😀

  5. I have to make few important decisions in the next couple of days which will change my life on a big scale. I have procrastinating this for a long time. I just did not have the energy to take that commitment. Your post is giving me a kind of faith I was lacking. Thanks, I might make a good call after all 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Vinma, how exciting, to be standing on the edge of an entirely new adventure. I choose that it’s going to be wonderful and amazing, after all we can assume whatever we like, can’t we? I know procrastinating well, a seemingly old and well worn friend, but actually just another block in disguise. I believe in you dear heart. 🙂

  6. Hi Elle,
    I think this is my favorite post on your blog so far.
    Sometimes people get mixed up with giving thinking that it is giving money or material possessions. Giving of ourselves is the most valuable thing we can ever give and when this giving of ourselves, (time, attention, a smile etc) becomes an integral part of who we are, as our heart opens up then so too does our life, and oftentimes in wonderful and extraordinary ways.
    Loved this post Elle 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Clare, so happy you enjoyed this one. I really like your words of wisdom here, as our heart opens up so too does our life. Yay. Let’s increase those heart openings and make every moment count. 🙂

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you Elle! I really needed to hear these clear, encouraging words today. I’m beginning to see that I’ve been “partly committed” to my practices. I’m boosting my self-love practice and committing to it for 30 days. It’s the best Christmas present I could ever receive.

    • Elle

      Hi Martine, it’s always a happy feeling to know that what I’m saying is supportive and encouraging. That’s my plan…my mission…to be the greatest encourager I can be. I have such great faith and belief in the goodness and brilliance of you. 🙂

  8. Three things stand out loudly for me, Elle – being commitment, listening and giving. Together they form a pretty good base from which to overcome our challenges. 🙂 Always a great post! Love!

    • Elle

      Hi Vidya, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. Always encouraging my dear friend. 🙂

  9. Thank you for such a wonderful message. I always get so much out of reading what you write. You have a real gift for saying such beautiful thought-provoking things.

    • Elle

      Hi Pat, I’m so grateful for you stopping by and taking the time to speak to me. Every comment I receive totally fills my heart with joy and love. I’m one blessed dudette. 🙂

  10. Love these suggestions Elle. This line jumped out at me – “If we’re sick, it’s a message. If our relationships rarely work out, it’s a message. If we struggle with money, it’s a message.” Listening and paying attention to what is really going on in our lives, plus having the desire to change, can be a big step forward.

    • Elle

      Hi Cathy, glad you enjoyed the post. It’s always so interesting to know what resonates, and what’s working in your life. 🙂

  11. Hi Elle….Lots of great reminders in this post….because ultimately it’s the doing that makes all the difference right? And while they may appear to be simple–until we embrace them with our whole heart they are only partially effective. My husband and I both came from the same sort of background of financial consciousness and it took years of working on ourselves to push through it all. If I could add anything to your list it is that–it take time (or at least it did with us) but slowly it DOES change and you can be where you want to be. Just don’t give up! I would also add the practice of gratitude to it…I’m just wrapping up my 30-Day gratitude challenge and I’ve been reminded that it is so enriching to really relish the good that is present in our lives right now! Oh, and if you have anything to add to my blog hop please hop over to the link below ! ~Kathy

    • Elle

      Hi Kathy, nice to see you again. I’m loving these challenges for the good things in life. I recently finished up a 90 day challenge to write and find joy in every day. If you missed a day you had to go back to the beginning. So you can be sure I wasn’t going to miss a day.

      Your advice and wisdom is always great. It’s wonderful that we can learn so much from one another. 🙂

  12. Love this – “Staying in touch with our authentic selves is paramount to our health and well-being”. I absolutely agree! It is much easier for me to be “me” than to pretend I’m someone others want me to be!

    • Elle

      Hi Cher, you’re so right, it’s exhausting to try to be someone… especially when it’s for someone else’s benefit. Or we believe it’s what they’d want. Personally, I prefer to assume I’m exactly who it is I want to be! 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Tia – Thanks for stopping by – ahhh yes to belief. After all we’re believing our whole world into being. It’s the foundation stone of it all isn’t it. 🙂

  13. Joseph Appaloosa

    Well done, Elle !
    Six powerful practices to keep us on track to live a Love-based life !
    What beautiful reminders to remember who we really and truly are . . .
    I’m going to savor this juicy morsel of a post for quite a while.
    Thank you !
    Write on, Elle !

    • Elle

      Hi Joseph – thanks for stopping by. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. 🙂

  14. Elle,

    I really liked the “Listen well” portion of your post. I like how you say that the struggles we experience may be messages. That’s very appropriate. Perhaps it’s a reflection of what we are thinking and how those thoughts are shaping our present reality. You would know that better than I. 🙂

    Nicely done. An inspiring and encouraging post for sure!

    • Elle

      Hi Victor, nice to see you. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, always gratefully received. 🙂

  15. Must focus. Must stop dilly dallying. And yes, and hour goes by so quickly. But most of all, I must remember to show generosity to others. Everyday. Thank you for this lovely post Elle. More insight into a happier life. So glad I met you … Cheers Lindy

    • Elle

      Aah Lindy, the proverbial nail on the head. Kindness is truly its’ own reward. All manner of wonderful things occur for us through simply being kind. As for dilly dallying…I’m actually a member of that club, sad to say! 🙂

  16. I adore your tip about being committed. I struggle with this, I have struggled with this my ENTIRE life. I find that I often give up when I’m on the verge of doing wonderful things. The prospect of what staying committed could mean would scare me. My Courage365 project is intended to help me get over that fear, or the fear of what good (or bad) can come from deciding to commit to something.

    • Elle

      Hi Jessica, like your project and can’t wait to hear more about the impact it has, cos we know it will have one. 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Vinma, always happy to hear that I encouraged! It’s my secret plan. 🙂

    • Elle

      Hi Tammy – thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave a comment. Its very much appreciated. 🙂

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