Challenges and Opportunities
With each new day, we may be faced with many challenges and obstacles. Yet what if we were to rethink these challenges and see them as opportunities for our emotional, physical, and spiritual growth? How would our lives benefit?
I understand some challenges may seem too difficult to overcome, but when we get to the other side of these struggles, we will come away stronger and more confident. Some struggles tear at our heart, some cause us to question who we are, while others will force us to dig deep to find the strength to keep moving forward.
As we work through these challenges, we are shedding layers of the person we were, allowing the person we are meant to be to develop. Just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. When we face our challenges, we become stronger and wiser. Learning what we can from these experiences, then moving forward toward our goals.
Challenges become opportunities when we take the time to step back and ask ourselves what we are meant to learn from these experiences. Within us is the inner strength to overcome our challenges. We will then benefit from the lessons we have learned.
There is a saying that goes “We are never given a challenge we cannot overcome.” This would mean that we have the tools within us to conquer our difficulties. Yet, we must silence our self-doubt and ignore our negative self-talk before we can unlock our toolbox.
When I was framing houses for a living, I developed the habit of mentally breaking down the house into small parts. This made it easier for me to focus on the task at hand. The same practice can be applied to life. By breaking our challenges into small bits, it will be easier for us to prevail.
We often forget the work we have put into the life we are now living. We see the “Highlight Reel” but we often overlook the hard work that got us to where we are today. For some reason we remember the challenges but can’t remember how we turned them into opportunities. All we can remember is the difficulty of the challenge, not how powerful we were to turn it into an opportunity.
We can not go through life without facing some type of challenge at some point in time. How we handle these challenges will determine the outcome of our life. If we choose to break the challenge into small pieces we will learn what we need, and then move through the challenge smarter and stronger than before the challenge arose.
The challenge can also stall our forward progress, but if we want to live to the fullness of who we are, we must see the challenge as something we need to overcome. Because we know that who we are meant to be in this life is on the other side of that obstacle.
We can never predict what will happen in life, but we can learn to see challenges and obstacles as opportunities to become stronger, wiser, and healthier.
Can we shift our focus and see challenges as opportunities?
Let me know what you think, leave a question or comment below. I’m always open to exploring the subject further.
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