It's taken me many years to reach this conclusion:

Life is not easy.

Note that I did NOT say Life is not Fair.

Fairs are for children who want to ride roller coasters, eat cotton candy and try to win a stuffed animal or goldfish.

I've read numerous books about human psychology, engaged in lively discussions in college classes and over kitchen tables, dipped my research ability into neuroscience and neurobiology, spoken to religious leaders such as priests, ministers, a rabbi and a few seminary professors, and more.

I have a faith rooted in Christianity through the Catholic religion and was blessed with a family that encouraged me to ask questions and find answers.

It's through these questions and my own life experience that I can honestly state:

in order for me, as a human being, to grow and change and be better…I must be challenged.

And, when I have accepted the challenge? That is when I succeeded.

Whether it's in my relationships with people or building a business, the only way I've learned and grown is by taking on the challenge.

The Challenges of Life?

  • To do something differently.
  • To ask for help.
  • To risk making a mistake.
  • To survive a medical diagnosis that others have died from.
  • To rely on someone else to make a decision.
  • To make a decision that involves commitment.
  • To commit to something that results in strained relationships.
  • To grow up.

Of course there's more.

But for me it does boil down to this one statement: Life is not easy, and it's not meant to be.

Helps me to stop the whining and get to doing.

Helps me to ‘suck it up buttercup'.

Helps me to stop hoping for a life of ease and accept the challenges that come my way.

What about you?



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0 thoughts on “Accept the Challenge and Succeed

  1. For me – I take the word challenge and turn it into “opportunity” … Now I can look at all that is going on as an opportunity – Feels lighter to me. 😉

    Thanks for sharing…

    1. Ellie – I know a lot of people change ‘challenge’ to ‘opportunity’. I tried it myself but found that I respond much better to the word challenge. I need to have something to overcome. Don’t know why, stopped analyzing it and just simply accepted that I’m more like an athlete (albeit a back seat one). I appreciate your point of view and thanks for stopping by.

  2. Charlene, Thanks for another great post. Though not a child I have to say I do like fairs at least in the sense you stated in the beginning.

    Life gives us moments to be present or not, challenged or to see opportunity.

    It is simply about what works best with our subconscious mind.

    Keep up the great work.

  3. Great post Charlene, instead of saying the word problem, I reframe it and say challenge instead. Eliminating words like this can really make a true difference on our mindest.

  4. I love this line “Helps me to stop the whining and get to doing.”

    I find that my biggest ‘growth spurts’ with my life have come from challenges. When things get too easy, we sometimes get complacent.

    As much as I may have not liked them at the time, I can appreciate all my challenges.
    Thanks for the uplifting post. 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by Tamara. You’re right – the biggest growth spurts have come from challenges. And I fully agree that it’s after that fact when I can appreciate the challenge. During the challenging times I will say “thank you for the challenge I know I’ll grow from this” but it’s not often said with cheer.

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