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Monday, 9 September 2013

How To See Challenges As Opportunities

“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal  or greater benefit.”
~ Napoleon Hill

Are you a person who loves challenges, or hates them? I must admit I've spent most of my life as a person who hates them. I always thought of challenges as frustrating, maddening obstacles keeping me from where I want to be. I even used to take them personally, feeling like the world is against me :(  In fact, I used to tell people years ago "I have challenges"; but now I don't do that anymore. As I grow older and (hopefully) wiser - I find my tenacious nature rising up to meet these challenges, and I'm learning to see them differently. I always say now "I have opportunities to grow". Whenever something happens in my life that I didn't expect or can't control, my thought patterns are "This is an opportunity for me to test some untapped abilities to use some skills I never used before; and this has come to draw on hidden potentials in me that I never had the chance to use."
                                      Nothing Worthwhile Comes Easy          
Most of us know that great rewards require great sacrifice and effort. You know the old saying that nothing worthwhile comes easy? In a sense that's true. If everything we wanted was handed to us, we probably wouldn't have a lot of appreciation for it. On the other hand, when we work hard for something and then see it manifest before our eyes, we get such a great sense of pride and accomplishment. We can point to it and say, "I did that. It was tough, but I did it anyway."

                                       Every Challenge Contains An Opportunity To Grow
In the Chinese language the words "crisis" and "opportunity" are the same. This is a fascinating concept and suggests that every challenge you encounter contains a powerful opportunity to grow beyond your current mindset and circumstances.  The greatest success stories are created by people who recognized a challenge and turned it into an opportunity. You'll find that every situation, properly perceived, offers you an opportunity to delve deeper into your true nature and discover new aspects of yourself. In the process, you'll feel inspired and excited about your life and what lies ahead and motivated to live at the edge of your potential.

Challenges are truly opportunities -i.e opportunities to grow and learn, to strengthen ourselves, to test ourselves and our faith. They reveal how badly we want to create the dreams in our hearts, and how hard we're willing to work for them. This is such a blessing. It may not seem that way at first, but with a tiny shift in attitude, we can see that we have been handed an incredible opportunity.