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The Obstacle Analysis Grid

The Obstacle Analysis Gridtm is a great new tool I have just read about.

Well new to me, because the book I read it in, has been around for a few years.

Is this your current situation?

  • Are you struggling to move forward with your business idea?
  • Are you finding your will is there but you just can’t seem to take things forward and feel blocked and frustrated?
  • Are you stuck but have no clue what the problem is?
  • Do you suspect you know what the problem is  but can't articulate it?

If so, then I may have just the book for you to read and find a practical solution.

I thought it was so useful I needed to let others know about it too and share the concept of the obstacle analysis grid.










The Obstacle Analysis Grid (copyright Michael Neill)

It's from a brilliant book called You Can Have What You Want by Michael Neill, a very famous success coach for some very famous successful people, so I am inclined to listen to what he has to say about success.

The first half of the book is about creating a life that makes you go wow, which is brilliant but it was the second half of book called Obstacle Course To Success that caught my attention.

The whole second half of the book is dedicated to this obstacle analysis grid so I believe it is worth buying, begging for or borrowing a copy of the book if you can.

Essentially, it is about answering the question "What Stops You"

The obstacle analysis grid shows you in 9 boxes with 9 headings what the reasons are for you not going forward with whatever in life it is you want to do, be or have.

Now the reasons can be real or imagined but you will find, if you think back to anything that has held you back in the past, the reason for not doing, being or having will have fallen into one of the categories.

The explanation of the grid, in detail, becomes the second half of the book with a chapter dedicated to each one of the 9 problems.

As Michael says, “while most people find that while all of the categories are someone relevant, their major life obstacles consistently fall into one or two of the obstacle areas on the grid”

He goes on to explain, "people have reported using the model to help themselves overcome everything from difficult people at work to agoraphobia; from dealing with a messy divorce to starting a new career at fifty something.”

It’s the “start of a new career” that spikes my interest because I think this would be a great tool for you to use if you are struggling in any way to go forward with your small business idea.

Michael has perfected his grid into a formal model and uses it consistently for obstacle analysis and goal setting.

The Practical Application of The Obstacle Analysis Grid

In simple terms when you say you have a problem with something, does it sound a bit like this, and I am quoting right out of the book here?

Information: I don’t know what to do and I don’t know where to find out?

Skill: I don’t yet have the skills I need to succeed in this area

Belief:  This is impossible or at best unlikely to ever work or happen

Wellbeing: I am way too stressed/tired/unwell to deal with this

Other People: My boss/spouse/children/friends etc make it difficult for me or it is just not up to me

Motivation: I just don’t care enough, I can’t seem to get started, I can’t seem to sustain any momentum. I feel resistance to moving forward.

Time: There just isn’t enough time in the day

Money: I would love to but I don’t think I can afford to

Fear: I feel sick at the thought of pushing myself through this

To move forward you move into a practical exercise and are invited to ask yourself

What Stops You Moving Forward

  1. Give yourself a score from 1 to 10 in each of the 9 areas where  1 is an area of total weakness and 10 means an area of total strength
  2. Think of your specific problem or challenge you are facing and identify which of the 9 obstacle areas seem most relevant,

 For example

  • You don’t know what to do? (Information)
  • You know what to do, but don’t feel capable of doing it? (Skill)
  • You don’t believe it can be done (Belief)
  • You are too stressed out to do it (Wellbeing)
  • Other people stand in your way (Other People)
  • You just don’t seem to care enough (Motivation)
  • You don’t have the time (Time)
  • You don’t have the money (Money)
  • You are scared (Fear)

3. When you have identified the problem you go to the relevant area of the book to read the chapter and help yourself become unstuck.

Each chapter goes into detail about how to address the problem and how you can move forward.

And in detail too, the problems are not just skimmed over and sometimes he can be quite controversial too.

So if you want to read more and benefit fully from the obstacle analysis grid, click on the book cover below to go to Amazon.

If you want to take a course on this topic and read more about Michael Neill you can see more at his website...

If you are feeling like you are on a piece of elastic and each time you go forward, you end up being snapped back, then perhaps this book might help you see a way forward

Happy Reading, I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

Want to listen instead?

I know some people prefer to listen instead of reading, myself included so here is an 8 minute podcast regarding the 9 obstacles read in brief by Michael Neill.

Enjoy listening, I hope it adds something to your commute...