Where did we get the notion that life should be one smooth glide down Easy Street? Never has been, never will be. Life is full of struggles, times of discomfort, and challenges.
Growth only comes from the struggles and challenges. What we call “stress” is what gives us strength. We rise to a challenge, learn new skills, and get ready for the next challenge.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not encouraging you to chase after struggles and challenges. You don’t need to, since they will come your way.
The question is what you do when a struggle DOES come your way. Do you duck-and-hide, proclaim “life is unfair,” or do you take it on as a challenge? A challenge is something to move through, overcome, learn from, and grow into.
And THAT is the power of a struggle or challenge.
Life is an episode of: Discomfort ==> Change ==> Comfort ==> Discomfort (and repeat). We have periods of comfort, AFTER we have moved through the discomfort, the struggle — UNLESS we avoid the discomfort (or try to). Then, there is no growth, there is no new capacity, and really no comfort.
When the discomfort comes, will you take it on as a sign that it is time to grow?
Learn how in this week’s podcast episode.
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