I used to look forward to a life of ease, one without any problem, where things are just perfect for me and the people around me. In my childish innocence, I saw a world where I could do whatever I wanted and to become whoever I wanted to become. Of course, I have repented from those thought after I was repeatedly jolted to reality by life’s hard knocks that has come to be my companion from childhood.
To think of avoiding life’s heavy punches is to live in fairytale land. Life is not and will never be a bed of roses for anyone of us. The earlier we realize that, the better for us. This is a basic mindset of every successful person; they are never surprised when challenges show up. They seem to be psychologically, mentally and even physically prepared for it, in fact they unconsciously look forward to it.
Living without expecting challenges is living like a student who is not expecting tests, assignments and examinations; how does he expect to graduate? A life without challenges can never produce a phenomenal champion.
Someone was surprised when I share my reason for exercising every morning, he couldn’t believe that I use it to prepare myself and keep physically and mentally fit to respond to challenges; I consider it to be one of the multifaceted lifestyle commitments of a champion.
I have also come to realize that since the day I started seeing challenges as a welcome development, I have won more battles, solved more problems and acquired more skills than I ever thought I could. The secret is to embrace challenges as a normal part of the process of growth and development.
I consider them my wings for my flight to the top. I see them as stepping stones to greatness. My challenges make it difficult for me to stay in the same position for too long; they keep me focused from slipping into a life of ease that keeps people away from greatness. They help me to always express creativity and genius in my endeavors.
Challenges are like the refining fires that help you to turn your potentials into a tangible success story. They serve as the engine rooms that refine your talents, gifts and tendencies into finished products. I am not trying to say that challenges are ever fun, not at all. Challenges are always bitter and hard.
The good thing about them is that they force us to grow and learn; they force us to find a way out, to invent solutions and to take calculated risks. Challenges are not really designed to finish us or to defeat us, they are designed to improve us and help us to use our gifts and talents better; this is how I have decided to see challenges.
So when life throws its best punches at you, when you get knocked down, knocked over or even completely knocked out; remember that you have the information needed to help you get back to your feet and decide that every challenge only polishes up the champion in you.
Rise from the dust and continue to give life what it deserves; a hard fight!
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