Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity. Stephen Covey
The way you look at a challenge has everything to do with how you overcome it. If you have an expectation that there should not be challenges, then when you encounter one, all your energy is spent on wondering how this could happen to you.
Step 1 to overcoming a challenge is to: accept it. In fact, embrace it. Much of the time the majority of our energy is spent on wondering why the challenge came into our lives in the first place.
Life is meant to have challenges. In fact, the purpose of life is to present difficulties designed to make us grow. By putting a challenge in the proper perspective, you actually make the challenge smaller.
The perspective in which you see a difficulty makes all the difference. If you were to walk up to a wall and put your nose right against it, your whole world becomes consumed by the wall.
The wall is all you can see. It’s giant, and no matter which way you look, that is all you can see.
Now take several steps backwards and the wall gets smaller. Your perspective enlarges and soon the wall doesn’t seem so big and overpowering.
Its no different here, with the current challenges you are experiencing. You determine the size of the difficulty.
You choose. Why not choose to make it smaller?
Step 2: Tackle it immediately. Don’t give it more power. Apply all your energy directly to the challenge.
Overpower it, charge it, leave it begging for mercy. Every challenge gets bigger the longer you stand and look at it.
Have you ever gone cliff jumping? Or jumped off of a high dive? The longer you stand at the top and look down at the bottom, the more terrifying and overwhelming it appears.
If you are going to do it, just walk right out there and jump. No hesitation, no excuses. Just do it.
Step 3: Be proactive. Look ahead, evaluate your circumstances. Many challenges can be “headed off at the pass” by looking at things that you may be procrastinating right now. The act of attacking a challenge early diminishes the force of it. Any power that certain challenges or obstacles have over you, will be immediately squashed or reduced.
Step 4: Be grateful. Yep, every challenge has within it the seeds of your growth and character. With out challenges in your life, you would be only a speck of what you could become, and who you are. Who you become is all that endures. Why not be grateful for that? And the bigger the challenge the bigger you can become.
Embrace the challenges that come to you today. See them for the blessing that they are. If you can’t step back away from the “wall” far enough to see the big picture, the sure way to get there is to help some else with their challenge. By stepping outside yourself to see someone elses challenge you automatically see your own obstacles in a new perspective. And you’ll see that somehow, they got smaller.
Have a blessed day!