Every day, there are challenges in our lives that we must deal with. If you're like most people, you probably look down upon these challenges and just wish everything could be easy. But the truth is that challenges actually provide you with some amazing benefits. Once you come to realize this, you'll learn to be grateful for having these challenges come into your life.
Think about something in life that's challenging, but beneficial. Exercise is a great example of this. People who are overweight or out of shape tend to frown upon exercise because it makes them feel sweaty and uncomfortable. However, what they aren't thinking about is how great they'll feel after the exercise is over. Exercise can help you be stronger, faster, confident, feel better, look better, and be healthier. With all these benefits, is it really that difficult to exercise for 20 to 40 minutes per day?
You see, it's all a matter of putting your challenges into perspective and realizing the positive outcome of facing them. Don't just think about the challenge itself and how bad and uncomfortable it'll make you feel. Every challenge in life will be difficult when you face it. That's why it is called a challenge. If it were an easy thing to face, then what would be challenging about it?
When you face a challenge, try to see it as a way of testing your true potential. This could be a test of your endurance, strength, speed, wit, and/or stamina. More importantly, see your challenges as opportunities for bringing change and excitement to your life. People like to stay in their comfort zones because there are no challenges there. But if you don't face challenges, how will you ever grow as a person and find happiness and success in your life? Anyone who's ever been successful has had to face challenges head-on. You need to learn to do the same by having the right attitude about it.
Questions to Ask Yourself
When you're faced with a challenge, ask the following questions to yourself:
- What can I learn about myself from this challenge?
- Which areas of myself can be developed more from this challenge?
- Which abilities and skills do I possess that can assist me with this challenge?
- What are the benefits to be earned from doing this challenge?
Finally, you must be grateful to have these challenges and opportunities in your life. There are some people in this world who don't even have opportunities to better themselves like this. Whether your challenge is to climb a mountain, earn a master's degree, or run a marathon, always be grateful! Sure, you might feel intimidated by the challenge in the beginning, but never stop trying. As you face the challenge and invest your time and energy in it, things will get much better for you very quickly.
Look at every challenge as an opportunity to grow and better yourself. The more you practice this, the more you'll feel enthusiastic about challenges as they come into your life. Then you'll be so grateful and hungry for more challenges that you'll start looking for them yourself instead of waiting for them to find you. This is the perfect place to be in your life once you get there.
Here's a thought for you to ponder today. It comes from Chapter 7 of Wallace D. Wattles' classic masterpiece The Science of Getting Rich ("Gratitude"):
"... because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude."
Think about it!
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