What is my biggest obstacle?


Fire within meThe Time to Play Foundation’s BExtraordinary™ program was invited to be the benefactor for the 7-in-heaven Casino Night fundraiser held last night.  The goal of BExtraordinary™ is to remind and to inspire people to know they ARE extraordinary and to bolster self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth and self-love.  I thank Gail Adams very much for her support of the Foundation’s goal to provide resources to help a million people enjoy life and to Stacy Gertz, one of the foundation’s amazing and inspirational coaches, for attending the event with me.  #peoplehelpingpeople

During the event a gentleman, who later disclosed that he spoke around the world about critical thinking, asked us what was our biggest obstacle.

I don’t believe at this point in my life that I have any specific personal obstacles.  OK, well, I might have one… to make time for exercising lately, which I really don’t think is an obstacle, but more of a choice about priorities.

He then asked me if I made lists and goals.  Thanks to Jerry Siegel, an amazing member of the Foundation’s Business Advisory Board and an amazing coach, I have learned the importance of these functions to create more calmness and efficiency in my day.

He further asked me and Stacy if we feel positive every day.  I have learned that it is MY own choice, no matter what pops up, for how I let things affect me.  Something I truly have realized in almost 50 years of being on this earth is that I am the only person who can make me feel whatever way I want to feel.  So, if I feel sad, I choose to feel sad.  If I feel frustrated, I choose to feel frustrated.  An incredibly important thing I realized is that if I recognize I am feeling a certain way, I, myself, have the choice to allow the way I am feeling to continue or to change the way I am feeling.  Stacy agrees with me on this.  We believe that it’s most important to recognize how we’re feeling at any given point of the day and to make our own choice to change our direction.  I have learned, through working on the time to play project, that emotions are our guidance system.  Hey – I’m totally not 100% perfect on this.  And, sometimes I might actually choose to be in a mood that may be less than perfect.  BUT, something I’ve learned is that every day and every moment is a gift, and that it is our choice for how we want to use it.

So, back to obstacles… I think the creation of obstacles in our world is a really important topic. Anything can be an obstacle if we allow it, and, I believe we can create mountainous obstacles for ourselves or by ourselves.  In my professional world, people may perceive that I may face MANY obstacles.  The other day my husband and I spoke about the goals behind the Enjoy Life Community project.  He said he didn’t want to use the word “impossible”; but…

In my heart, I don’t think it is impossible to bring a community together so EVERYONE can work together to enjoy life;  so people can share the good work they are doing; so people can feel needed, wanted and included; so people don’t feel alone; so people can truly care about each other.  What’s the obstacle?  I don’t believe there really is an obstacle when the end goal is to create “hope” and “community”.

We can achieve anything if we work together.

On May 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy, in a speech to Congress, announced his goal to put a man on the moon.  On July 20, 1969, it happened.

Perhaps, bringing a community together is nothing short of putting a man on the moon.  Perhaps, looking at the statistics on life enjoyment, having people work together for the goal to enjoy life is nothing short of putting a man on the moon.

BUT, I believe there is no obstacle too large to be overcome through the power of people.  John F. Kennedy and his team certainly proved that.

I believe that it’s time for us to enjoy life…  It’s time to play.



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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit corporation inspiring everyone to enjoy life.  Please see www.timetoplay.com for more information.

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