How To Turn Any Obstacle Into Opportunity


This simple step is the key to success..

Circumstances happen to all of us.


But it’s how the most successful people play the hand they’ve been dealt that really counts.


I suffered what could have seemed to others a ‘career crippling setback’ 3 years ago when I lost my ‘dream job.’


But instead of getting down on myself, I chose to look at things differently.

God used that setback for a setup..

I took a step up!

And life has never been better.


So, how DO you turn “garbage into gold?”

It’s all in the eyes.

In other words, it’s how you SEE your circumstances that counts.


Q: When you look at your life, do you see burdens or blessings?


When you make the simple choice to see the world from a different perspective it makes all the difference.


If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Dr. Wayne Dyer


Right now you’re probably thinking.. “Ok.. Justin. This all sounds great and warm and fuzzy.. But HOW in the world do I DO that?!”


It’s SIMPLE.. Practice!

If I told you it’s not some gift that I was born with but rather a skill that even YOU could learn, like driving a car or ridging a bicycle, how would that change things?

Remember learning to ride a bike?

You didn’t jump on and run the ‘Tour De France” right away.

You started slow..

With training wheels.

You started simple.

And you practiced.

Practice makes perfect.


Eventually, those training wheels came off and you were flying!


So, how do you learn to look for the “Opportunities in the Obstacles?”



What if you start to shift your focus on what you already have rather than what you lack?

Look for the basic blessings in your life and practice gratitude. Give thanks.

If you’re able to read this right now, you have something to be thankful for.

If you’re not reading but listening to it, you do too!


See, the bottom-line is, we ALL have something to be grateful for.

If you’re still breathin’ there’s a reason!


Want to go a little deeper?


You’re in the right place!

Do this..




Write down (3) THREE things in your life RIGHT NOW that you’re grateful for. 





What were they?


No need to thank long and hard.. Just go with what pops in your head instantly.

Then, let them sink in.

REALLY feel the sense of value for them. What if any ONE of those three were lost?

Treasure them.

FEEL it.


How does that feel?


Pretty amazing right?


What if you could do this more often?


You can!


You’re ready for the next step.


Practice gratitude DAILY. 


Make it a habit. Engrain it into your lifestyle.

Just like brushing your teeth or bathing..

You don’t even have to think about those things anymore because they’re so much a part of your life. (at least I HOPE they are!)


Here’s a great way to do that. 


  • Every morning, sit down and write it down. List (3) THREE things your most grateful for.

It will dramatically shift your focus for the day. Instead of waking up with worry, anxiety, or lack for the day, you can simply choose to shift your focus to gratitude and abundance.

  • Every evening, before you go to bed, sit down and do the same thing again. But this time, focus on what went well with your day. Celebrate your wins! What worked, went well, or even just that you made it through!

Again, when you look toward the good, you can’t see the bad. And when you do this just before bed, you’ll find you sleep better and even wake in a different mood.


Want bonus points?

  • Pray


“Ok.. NOW he’s lost it..” You’re probably saying!

But no.. Not at all. You don’t have to be religious to pray. The act of prayer is spiritual, but it also has amazing power on the mind. It helps you shift your focus. And re-wire your brain.

Now, what do I mean by prayer?

Do you remember giving thanks?

Back in the “old days” people would sit down at the table together and someone would “say grace.” Which really means a blessing.

It was as simple as “Dear God, thank you for this food and the hands that prepared it.”

So simple, yet so profound.

But why don’t we do that anymore?

Who knows for sure. And it’s likely a combination of things.

I don’t really know. All I DO know is that if you start giving thanks for your food at every meal, you can build your gratitude muscle even quicker.

And that muscle helps you hold that focus.

Which in turn, makes all of the difference when it comes to being able to see the opportunity in EVERY obstacle.

Giving thanks for our food is such a basic practice of gratitude. It’s so easy to do.

But like Jim Rohn said, what’s easy to do is easy NOT to do..


It all comes down to choices. I can show you the path but will you take the steps?

Only you can decide..

YOU have the power!


Cheers! To YOUR “Life on Purpose”


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Justin Barclay


Phone: 616-536-1717 (Yes! I answer!)

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