I have skydived, bungee jumped, white water rafted, jet skied, kayaked, quad biked, moved across the ocean…twice, been to Tomorrowland, completed my MBA and traveled solo to 30 different countries. These are just some of the best challenges that I have faced in my lifetime. From goal to goal, I have pushed myself beyond my limits of what I could see on the horizon. With each passing year, my challenges have increased, becoming more complex in nature and even tougher to accomplish.
With persistence, determination and tunnel vision, it is possible to achieve anything you set your mind to. Positive challenges add value, purpose and direction to your life. It offers you an opportunity to grow as an individual emotionally and spiritually. You may even meet people that have a different opinion to yours and even learn something about yourself that you never thought you could ever do.
But what do you do when life hands you a curve ball? Do you run in the opposite direction, stick your head in ground and hope it disappears, or do you rise up to the challenge, face it head on, make the mistakes and learn from it. Some of the most difficult challenges, you may recognize a few, that I have had to deal with include: negative self talk, trying to make other people happy, wasting my time on damaging habits, a brutal childhood, fear of failure, loss/lack of love, rejection and loneliness.
Successful people have found a way to jump over these types of hurdles and navigate around roadblocks, not only physically but mentally too, that would stop others completely. They take time to process what they’ve been through, deal with the event in it’s entire, release any emotions or mental blocks surrounding it and then they resume moving forward. Their mental fortitude lifts them up to seek opportunities instead of dwelling in despair.
These are some of my biggest learnings:
- live life with courage – fear has no place in the mind
- push your boundaries further each and every day
- the only thing that is consistent, is change
- true friends are few, cherish those that treat you well
- what matters and what doesn’t
- you can achieve anything you set your mind to
- you can only control your own thoughts and actions
- you are stronger than you think