Now that my great north run (GNR) is behind me and as I struggle to do something as simple as walk down the stairs. I reflect on why I have put myself through this challenge, and I remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
The more you challenge yourself, the more you learn, develop and grow if you think you are stronger scientific test show that you are in fact stronger. When you succeed in a challenge the greater, your confidence is in your ability to survive and thrive the next time. Challenges help you grow your skills and knowledge and more importantly challenges give you the experience to believe that you can do it.
Being safe and comfortable within your known limits will never force you to strengthen the muscles you did not know you had. To avoid lethargy, you must always have something going that stretches you. Whether the challenge is personal or professional, the result in building self-belief is the same. To sweat mentally and/or physically wondering if you will succeed or uncertain of the result ratchets up the intensity and you will train yourself to thrive on challenges. It is like working a muscle to get stronger and more resilient to cope with a greater load.
What do You Learn from Challenges?
Seeing challenges as opportunities enable you to harness your personal power to believe you can survive whatever the situation. You will find people that will challenge and inspire you so putting yourself in challenging situations will grow your confidence because this is where like-minded people hangout.
You cannot stop challenges from disrupting our life and your business if you embrace the challenge the opportunities to learn and grow will present themselves.
When unexpected obstacles get in your way, often only then are you forced to look for alternative strategies to accomplish our goal. You may uncover a better way to achieve your goal. The benefit of the challenge is to open your mind to alternatives that would not be considered otherwise.
Other people watch the things you do, they will model your behaviour. If you refuse to let challenges get the better of you, you might inspire and motivate others people to do the same when they face challenges of their own.
Whether, in life or business, challenges will come your way, you must continue to exercise our coping mechanism. This means you have to be in uncomfortably unfamiliar situations to learn new experiences that will become more comfortable and familiar over time.
So the next time you think, ‘it is not worth the effort’, think what you might be missing. I may not be able to walk downstairs today but I have connected with some amazing business people. I have soaked you the memorable atmosphere from strangers cheering me on and I have raised money for Cancer Research charity. I am fitter and stronger for the experience. I know 20 years after I first did the GNR that I can do it and, therefore, there is no reason I cannot do it in 20 years’ time.
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