Challenges – They are here and everywhere

A challenge is simply defined as an obstacle in front of you that needs to be overcome to make further progress. We face them at our jobs, school, doctor’s office, bank, friends, family, etc. Especially when you are working towards an ambitious goal, challenges are a major part of achieving the goal.

Challenges could be of many types. Challenges could be immediate (in the form of an issue) or something we anticipate occurring in the future (risk). They could be simple that you may be able to solve on your own. They can be needing additional training, knowledge, support from others. Challenges could be known ahead of time or they can spring up unexpectedly.

Whether we like them or not, challenges are an inevitable part of our life. They teach valuable life lessons such as the following.

  • Being honest with ourselves
  • Reinforcing the value and strength of friends and family
  • Learn from our failures
  • Be resourceful
  • Anticipate challenges
  • Plan for contingencies
  • Be diligent to avoid making the same mistake twice
  • Strengthen our resolve to overcome challenges
  • Instill confidence to make progress

Next time you encounter a challenge, take a step back, think about solutions, consult with your friends, plan, and do your best to address them. If you succeed, great! If not, don’t despair. You have just learned a great lesson that will only make you stronger.