1. Look at the Facts
Whenever an obstacle comes your way, the first thing you should do is look at the facts. This will quickly tell you whether an obstacle is worth your time. The facts include any relevant information that is true and not related to your emotions. For example, legal implications, requirements, or hard statistics all include facts of the obstacle.
Take for instance that the obstacle in front of you is getting your degree. The facts related to this obstacle include financial requirements, class requirements, etc. Consider all of these facts to determine whether or not getting your degree is worth it.
In the instance of your degree, the obstacle will likely be worth it. There are instances when you will find that not to be the case, though. For example, joining a cult may not be worth it if it involves giving up your financial independence.
2. Consider Your Emotions
In addition to the facts, consider your emotions. Though you need to keep your emotions and the facts separate, you certainly shouldn’t ignore either. Your emotions play a heavy role in your life. Ignoring them will likely cause you to make the wrong decision or pursue an obstacle that’s not worth it.
For example, let’s say that your partner has taken a job across the country. Your options are to move with them, break up, or stay in a long distance relationship. In this obstacle, it is important to evaluate how you feel about every option.
For many people, moving or being in a long distance relationship is not emotionally worth it. Even if the facts allow either option to play out, your emotions may tell you that it is time to break up. Listen to your emotions to see if things are emotionally worth your time.
3. Look for Alternatives
Finally, the third way to determine if an obstacle is worth it is to look for alternatives. In other words, is there a simpler solution than the one you are pursuing? If so, definitely go with the simpler solution if it accomplishes the same task.
For example, let’s say you want to have a higher income. You come to the conclusion that the only way to get a higher income is to get a better job, but you don’t have any degree or experience.
Like most people, you assume you need to get a college degree, but you actually aren’t interested in going to college in and of itself. The obstacle may seem surmountable. Instead, you should probably look at trade school because it accomplishes the same task but it isn’t as demanding as a four year degree.