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Most personal growth comes from overcoming a challenging experience. Like the most intriguing books we read, movies we watch or stories we hear, our lives are a series of obstacles waiting to be overcome. These obstacles are what creates a deeper connection with ourselves, others and the force between us.

We trigger some of these growth opportunities we as we challenge ourselves to achieve bigger or better things, whether it’s a difficult rock climb or a new business venture. As an entrepreneur, I seem to always be seeking this type of growth and developing strategies for overcoming difficulties. I believe that living with challenges is where the optimal state of consciousness is. If we are not seeking new challenges, life is not only boring but it keeps us from living our best. Seeking out new challenges can help develop resiliency and prepare us to overcome unexpected obstacles.

Have you experienced an unexpected obstacle recently? Maybe you have had an illness, an injury, lost someone close or know someone who has been through something similar. In about a years time, I ended a long term relationship, had a major injury, my dog died and a best friend and long time climbing partner died.

Experiencing tragedies like this has done two things for me. First, it has created a greater degree of empathy for others who have gone through or are going through something similar or difficult. That empathy has created a greater connection to spirit.

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The other thing that it has done for me is to create a need for a recovery strategy. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? For example, when my arm was nearly ripped off in a climbing accident, I got very clear about who and where my best resources were to fix my arm. I left California and returned to Jackson where there was an incredible resource of professionals that I knew would do the best job.

Dedication and persistence were critical to overcoming my major challenge. My persistence came from a vision of the person I wanted to be in the future. And at the foundation of it all was the belief that I could do what I was setting out to do. As I began to learn strategies of recovery from many challenges, I decided that I wanted to forge these lessons in an ultimate experience to share with people.

So I created the Ultimate Towner Obstacle Course Race with an event celebration theme of overcoming your obstacles. While the story of that event is for another time, ultimately there are lessons in every obstacle. And the bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity to embrace a deeper connection with yourself, others and the spirit that connects us all.

About the Author

Tim Walther

 An author, speaker, an expert in team and leadership development. He is an avid rock climber and mountaineer, including accomplished routes in the Teton Range, and bold first ascents in remote corners of the globe. Walther is President of Grand Dynamics International, and experiential training and development company specializing in executive retreats, team building, and corporate events worldwide. www.granddynamics.com

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