Growth comes through challenges. Oh, but wouldn’t it be great if it was easy? I know. But our best work comes when we encounter difficulties. As a stationery designer, I keep a book of my big ideas. The ideas hit me at different times during the day and I use this notebook to house them. There are plenty of things in this notebook that turned out to be popular products and others that crashed and burned badly. The lessons I learned didn’t come with the products that were successful, it’s with the products that failed or were hard to figure out how to produce.
It’s when we’re challenged that we really learn about ourselves and it builds our resolve to keep pushing forward. The challenges cause us to learn so many things we may not know when we started. Challenges also lead us to be more creative in how we accomplish our goals. Whether it’s a new business, a big project at work, transitioning to a healthier lifestyle or a financial challenge in getting a product created, it’s in the challenge that we figure out alternate ways to get things done. It’s in the challenges that we grow and expand our knowledge learning something new about ourselves and how to reach our goals.
When challenges come as easy as it would be to quit, don’t. Don’t allow fear, doubt or the list of all the unknowns stop you in your tracks and cause you to retreat to your comfort zone. While uncomfortable, it’s when we’re challenged that we become better. Feel that fear and keep going, everything you need will come right when you need it.