4 Benefits of Facing Challenges

Get this. Challenges are part of every great journey. Whatever you endeavor to build, you’ll face your share of challenges. From time to time, things won’t go as you planned, and you’ll have to handle unexpected situations.

The question isn’t: Will you face challenges? You already know the answer: you will. The better question is: How do I deal with challenges when they arise?

The first thing you must do is stop seeing challenges as problems, but start seeing them as opportunities. If you had a choice, you would probably seek to avoid challenges. However, despite your best effort to avoid them, challenges arise and threaten your journey; you must handle them. Although difficult, challenges do offer benefits.

1. Challenges Call for Creativity

Challenges force you to tap into your creativity to come up with ways to overcome them. Some of the best ideas are conceived when you’re feeling the pains of a challenge. Without the challenge, you would have never thought about that creative solution.

When obstacles stand in your way, consider them as opportunities to find creative solutions to surmount them.

2. Challenges Make You Stronger

To build physical strength, you must apply a bit of resistance to your muscles. Challenges produce resistance, which develops inner fortitude. As you go through challenges, you become stronger and stronger.

Challenges are an excellent opportunity for growth. They test your resolve and commitment to your goals. And when you overcome them, you develop emotional and mental strength.

3. Challenges Keep You Humble

Challenges remind you that you’re human: you don’t know everything; you can’t foresee everything; you can’t get away with everything; you have limitations; you have weaknesses; you make mistakes. Challenges remind you that you’re fragile. The appropriate challenge can protect (or cure) you from becoming prideful.

4. Challenges Amplify Your Achievements

When you have to overcome multiple challenges to reach your goal, you appreciate your achievement all the more; these challenges serve as amplifiers for your success. Certain accomplishments wouldn’t feel as valuable if they were less challenging.

Like climbing Mount Everest, certain goals get their luster from the challenges you must overcome to accomplish them. In fact, most significant goals bring their share of challenges; hence, few people can reach them.

When facing challenges, remember that they’re opportunities that carry with them benefits: they call for your creativity, make you stronger, keep you humble, and amplify your achievements.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.