An obstacle is quite different in that it blocks the road. It impedes our journey to the destination. We may see it coming or it may come out of the blue, either way, we have to stop to take care of it for the sake of continuing the journey toward our destination.
The issue many leaders fall into is working on problems that don’t really clear the way toward the mission. All the time is spent getting things done around the road but never clearing the road to move forward.
Determine if what you are dealing with is an obstacle or a problem. Then, work to clear obstacles – for the sake of the mission.