Solve Problems and Change Your Life by Meeting Challenges

If you have been drowning and depressed by PROBLEMS (with capital letters), one of the quickest, easiest ways to change that is to redefine your “PROBLEMS” as “challenges.”

When you redefine problems as challenges, it changes your focus. A challenge is a contest, and the dictionary talks about challenging someone as “calling on another to do something requiring boldness.” I don’t know about you, but I’d like to think of myself as being capable of boldness.

Of course, when I’m faced with a challenge, I typically feel anything but bold. Nevertheless, if I’m able to face it, I remember that challenges call for some kind of action. The implication is that there is something we can DO. People get stuck LIVING WITH problems, but we MEET challenges. To me, the word “challenge” suggests that obstacles will be overcome.

All of us face challenges everyday. Our challenges may be as minor as a broken shoelace, or as major as cancer. Whether the challenge is major or minor, it calls on you to muster your resources to DO something to handle it.

Anytime you are faced with a challenge, you are faced with an opportunity to create a different life. Challenges, whether minor or major, upset our equilibrium. We’ve been going along quite nicely, and life throws us a challenge (or lobs a grenade). Usually the challenge is something that upsets us–something that we would like to be different.

As strange as it may seem, when we are dissatisfied with how things are going in our lives, we have an opportunity to change things. The timing is right to create a different way of doing things. When we are challenged, we are usually highly motivated to make things different. When we are satisfied with how things are going, there isn’t any motivation to change them. When things are fine, there isn’t any motivation to grow. Challenges put us (often unwillingly) into a situation where we can either stay stuck and miserable, or face our challenge and figure out how to change things for the better.

When faced by a challenge in your life, think about the door it opens for you. What could be different in your life as a result of facing this challenge? How would you like your life to be different? What’s the first small step toward making it different?

When you meet the challenge by doing something, “problems” get solved and new opportunities are created. This article challenges you to change your thinking about problems and create the opportunities that will make your life change for the better.

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