“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity.” – Joseph Sugarman
Daily Nugget of Gold 1174
Accepting the Bigger Challenge
Would you like the word “stagnant” when someone uses it to describe someone’s progress? The word is very descriptive and incorporates a visual that’s unappealing on many levels. Let’s take stagnant water, for instance. Does it look good? It’s usually slimy and murky, isn’t it? Does it smell good? We think most people would find the smell offensive or repulsive. Let’s not even talk about taste! If we give it some thought, stagnant water pretty much has an assault to every sense we have, wouldn’t you agree? “What’s all this talk about being stagnant?”, you might ask.
Few of us want to embody negative terms of description about our success in life, just the same- it’s easy to fall into the trap of stagnation. All we need to do to thwart our progress is to turn down anything that might make us uncomfortable. Progress in growth requires taking on new tasks, new opportunities, and new challenges. It may seem to be a bit scary, but that is only because we are yet unfamiliar with what we’ll need to know about how to get it done.
There are good reasons to go for more in life. We feel excited and invigorated as we face the challenges and overcome the obstacles. We earn the admiration of others. We enhance our ability to bring to ourselves, our families, and our communities greater financial reward sometimes. We feel vital and important, and we have a greater sense of feeling alive and worthy of the praise we might earn.
As to the scary part of all this, don’t worry. Yes, it’s different. Yes, it’s unfamiliar territory. Yes, sometimes we won’t overcome every obstacle we face without difficulty, but these are the things that enliven the human spirit within us. Coming to our aid as we take on new roles is the emergence of better guidance through intuitive thought. We don’t need to know everything, anyhow. Others are bound to step in to help where we need help. The bottom line is, we either are growing or dying. We get to choose which path we want to be on, but while growing involves “growing pains”, dying has it’s own set of circumstances which aren’t very pleasant, agree?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What new challenges can I take on today?”
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