Successful people seek out challenges in business and life. Every day we are surrounded by challenges. When we are able to conquer a challenge, it leaves us with a sense of self-empowerment and success. Challenges take us out of our “comfort zone” and teach us to rise to greatness. Challenges can be big or small.
It’s important that we realize the role of challenge in our lives. Our lives are SUPPOSED to be challenging. We must accept that fact as human beings. A challenge in our lives can test our human spirit. In turn, challenges are what have created and molded our human spirit. When we cease to seek out and embrace challenges, our human spirit begins to falter. In my work with thousands of people, I have come across all to many people expecting a “Nirvana” on earth. In their view, they have paid their dues, they’ve made plenty of money, they’ve raised their kids, they’ve been good people, where’s their Nirvana? When will the challenges of life cease? This view leads to a life of frustration, depression, and emptiness. Consider the story in the Bible of the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, all of mankind for that matter, was given the “Garden of Eden”. A true “Nirvana” on earth. The rules were simple, “Trust me, I’ll give you everything you want, you will not need to seek more”. The “human” in Adam and Eve couldn’t do it though. They sought more, they wanted knowledge, they wanted challenge. We must embrace challenge and adversity, for this is what makes us human.
Your assignment for the day is to seek out a challenge out of your comfort zone. This may be habit related (don’t smoke today), health related (walk three miles), work related (stay late to finish a project), or daily life related (reconcile with a friend or relative). Write this down before the day begins. At the end of the day, write down how you rose to the challenge, or took steps in overcoming the challenge. As the days goes on, you may meet other opportunities for a challenge, which may change what you’ve written down.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.