Why You Must Run Towards Your Challenges


Are you facing difficult circumstances? Hang in there.

Why should you? I understand you are hanging by a thin rope and you might feel unable to cope with all that life is currently demanding of you.

Sometimes, it’s easier for people to tell you why you should be patient. Do they really understand? I guess you are bored with their moral platitudes already.

But the reality however is that you must stand up to your problems. What if you can begin to think that you have what it takes to rise above your challenges.

Would it make any difference even if you don’t have what it takes (or so you think), that you can possibly build it through the circumstances you are facing?

This is what life is all about. As a popular author wrote, the obstacle is the way. So it is possible and usually is that your obstacles, challenges can be the way to your wisdom, inner strength, fortitude, resilience and personal power.

Let me remind you that nobody prays for difficulties. I don’t like them myself. I secretly love ease and I want life to be predictable and not too tough. Nothing could be further from the truth.

So recently, I’m learning to embrace difficulty, to endure it and grow through it. Why? I recognize that who we become through those circumstances will shape our future, depending on if we allow them make us bitter or better.

The truth is that our biggest challenges have not yet arrived no matter how imposing our current mountain is.

If we grow through our challenges, we will have enough strength to face the next one, for there is another one coming. Surely there is. Conquering one challenge qualifies you to face a bigger one.

For this reason, I seek succor from these words

“If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small” …Proverbs 24:10

“It is a good thing when you are young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take….Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.” Lamentations 3:27 -30

“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.” – JIm Rohn

Through this phase, resolve to grow stronger. Don’t try to rush out of your problems. Let it do the work of maturity, character development and wisdom in you.

I can’t promise you life will be easier but it is always possible for you to be stronger. Problems, challenges are not a matter of ifs but when. It is always possible for the fight in the dog to be bigger than the dog in the fight when they arrive.

This time you need all the motivation you can get. However, Motivation is never a tool that solves all our problem which is why most of us are cynical about motivational speakers.

Motivation is merely to help you keep a good attitude while we go through them. As humans, we are often known to make our problems worse by our own thinking about them.

More importantly, solving our own problems, surmounting our own challenges gives us the courage and tools to inspire and help others do the same.

I’m sure you want to share the story someday soon on how you overcame your challenges and thrived in spite of them. So be strong. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Blossom where you are.


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