Free essays about overcoming obstacles in life

One circumstance, obstacle or conflict in my life that I felt was important to overcome was a boxing match with another individual. This was the first time that I had to fight another person in an actual match. Not only that, but this person also had a lot more experience, age, and size then I did at the time. By facing this challenge, and overcoming it, I was able to change as a person in a positive way, and grow to face new challenges. Therefore, this fight presented a representation of the importance of overcoming problems as we face them.
This obstacle presented a boundary for how I viewed myself and how I faced the problems and fears that I had. By confronting this conflict, I was able to also confront many other issues that I faced in my life through the use of skills, such as being focused, overcoming fear, and confidence in myself. By using these skills I was able to improve as an individual through the persistence of overcoming these problems.
The specific instance that I saw as an obstacle in my life was the time I had my first boxing match at a gym against another fighter named ” Martinez.” Not only was this individual more experienced, but they were also older and bigger. This was a difficult competition for me. The reason this was an obstacle was the other boxer’s experience, which was much more than what I had at the time. Not only was the other boxer older than me by 5 years, at the time I was sixteen, but he also outweighed me by about twenty pounds.
This problem was overcome by utilizing the inherent abilities that I obtained through the trials that I had to face. By facing the fears that I had before getting into the ring and pushing past the barriers to confidence, I was able to achieve the skills and resources that I needed to resolve my problem. This was the main problem, that is, the lack of confidence in facing an older and more experienced fighter who, at the same time, outweighed me.
The key to getting beyond this confidence barrier was the implementation of courage. The reason this took courage was because I had been boxing for two years at the time and finally gotten the confidence to fight someone else. This courage was inherent, but needed to be nurtured through the confident approach that I ultimately took. By moving forward, despite the doubts that were in the back of my mind, I was able to discover a new possibility, which showed that I did indeed have the courage and ability to fight this individual.
While I was really very nervous at the beginning, with all of the other trainers looking at us box and I was even defeated the first round, the next two rounds I began to try much harder and began to feel as though I could actually win. In the end I was able to defeat my opponent, and overcame the fear that I had in facing him. This presented me with a new frame of mind.
This changed me by making me more confident in confronting new things. It seems as though the more issues like this I face, the more confident it makes me. In this way, I have been able to grow into my own definition of what makes a person a man. That is, a person who confronts the issues they are faced with and are able to use them to grow.