Stick your hand straight out in front of you and put your index finger (opposite hand) about 6 inches in front of your nose. Now focus on your finger, and what do you notice about your hand? It goes all blurry. Now focus on your hand, and what do you notice about your finger? It’s all fuzzy, it almost disappears.
Here's the metaphor: your hand is the goal, your finger the obstacle. When you focus on the obstacle, your goal is all fuzzy, but when you focus on the goal, the obstacles seem to vanish.
Obviously, to accomplish anything we're going to have to address and overcome some challenges along the way, but too often we put all of our attention on the reasons why doing something will be hard. And we can talk for hours about all the time, the money, the energy that we don't have. It can be so discouraging that we don't even bother trying.
Whether you're trying to complete a simple project or change the way that you live, focus on what matters most and clarify your vision of success. Focus on the goal, not the obstacle, and you’ll be better able to overcome whatever is holding you back.