CHALLENGES

The word ‘Challenge’ is a very interesting word. Challenges bring the best out of anyone who face them bravely.All of us face both minor and major challenges in our lives. How we deal with those life challenges determines how we experience life – as a struggle to survive or as an
ongoing adventure in growth and fulfillment.

The word ‘Challenge’ has a positive connotation. The word ‘ Problem’ on the contrary has a negative connotation. If you call your friend over phone and tell him that you have a problem that might make him defensive.It might not let him come forward freely to listen to you further. The word ‘Issue’ is neutral. If you tell your friend that you have an issue he will be neutral while listening to you. Similarly, if you use the word ‘ Challenge’ your friend might even express his willingness to participate and join hands with you to meet the challenges. Still better, if you can use the word ‘Opportunity’. If you tell your friend that you have an opportunity, he will definitely be happy to listen you. Same situation- how you view and what word you use to convey the situation makes all the difference.

What if we could learn to see life’s challenges in a whole new light? What if we could learn to see  them as highly beneficial experiences, adventures in learning, or even blessing in disguise? Wouldn’t that be a welcome shift in perception?

The truth is, with the right mental attitude we can completely reframe the way we experience challenges. And asking the right questions is one of the most effective ways to do that. With a little practice we can come to view challenges as some of our most valuable life experiences.

All leaders have the courage to challenge the status quo. This has resulted in positive changes in the world we live. Have you ever noticed that every challenge also contains a blessings in disguise? If not, perhaps you haven’t been looking closely enough! Granted, life’s challenges usually seem like inconveniences when they interrupt our schedules, or get in the way of something we want to do. Isn’t that part of the reason we call them challenges?

Questions you can ask yourself when facing challenges:

1. What can I learn from this?
2. What knowledge, skills & abilities I need to face them?
3. How can I improve my knowledge,abilities & skills?
4. Do I have right attitude to get the best out of every challenge I face?
5. What behavioral flexibilities it will bring to me?
6. What and How I can make the best out of these challenges?

When it comes to facing the challenges and learning from them, our best teachers are children. We can learn a lot from children as to how they face challenges and convert them easily into a learning tool. For children, challenges are fun. They want more of them. This is the secret of their growth, success & happiness.

The only thing that is permanent in our life is ‘Change’. Great challenges change our negative beliefs and enables us  to reach our full potential. Great challenges make us strong and get rid of our dysfunctional fears.

Our environment is always benevolent and keeps providing us a lot of challenges every moment to bring the best of ourselves. I define ‘LUCK’ as the meeting point of the opportunities & challenges passing by and our alertness. Opportunities & Challenges are always present in our life. It is our alertness makes us either Lucky or otherwise. The short cut to success is grabbing the challenges coming in your way with both hands. Now I know what would be your attitude  when you face your next challenge. Go & Grab them with full courage and conviction and make success & happiness as your friends.

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