Challenges

 

So many people wish life was easier, with less challenges and obstacles but without challenges, life becomes stagnant and we stop growing. 

As James Allen says in As A Man Thinketh, "Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselvesthey therefore remain bound."

Challenges help us uncover who we are and they allow us to become better people. 

 

So, let’s examine a very simple 4-step method to overcoming challenges:

 

First, state the problem clearly.  When we are faced with challenges, we tend to avoid the issue and run the other way burying our heads in the sand hoping it goes away. 

Or we may say – ok, there is an obstacle, instead of heading right to it and plowing through, I am going to look for another path and even though that is not the way I want to go – it looks easier… less headache… but rarely does that work out. 

I think of it this way: there are people who see the light at the end of the tunnel and just GO FOR IT, not paying any mind to anything along the way - kicking whatever critters or nonsense away, laser-focused on their goal.

 

And there are those who see all the critters along the ground on the way, all the obstacles, writings on the wall, etc. and they end up going BACKWARD, not even aware that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

When we avoid or go out of our way, we cause more headache in the end.  It takes more of our time, it takes more of our energy and we don’t get the end result we are looking for. 

So, take this time to understand what the challenge is. 

Ask yourself what is the question, what is asked of me, what is the main goal? Write this down on paper.

 

Second, identify what you have at your disposal – what resources are available to you to work through this challenge?

List all of these resources out. 

These should include things such as tangible assets – money, computer, books, etc.  And then what skills you have, what are your strengths to work through this?  Don’t forget others – what access do you have to others that can help?

 

Third, design the strategy to overcome this challenge.  Utilize all your assets to create a plan of action.  You may find this plan will need to be tweaked as you execute and that is ok.  Keep at it.

 

Lastly, execute the strategy with effort and determination.  Do your very best with all you have to overcome your challenge.

 

If you find that you still cannot overcome a challenge, then re-evaluate.  If your strategy just won’t work because it isn’t viable or effective, change it. Don't get married to the strategy!

If your strategy doesn’t work because you didn’t execute it well enough, be persistent and tweak your efforts, giving it more. Just think of how a baby learns - they fall from poorly executed strategies, often, and just get up and do it again after learning something from the last time & trying harder.

 

Practice this method on small challenges and see how easy it is to overcome. 

Then, try it on the big rocks! 

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