Life is interesting and life has many challenges, just when we think we are starting to gain some ground another obstacle seems to get put in our way. We often wonder if this will ever be overcome and if the challenges will disappear.
Think carefully, would you really want the challenges to disappear? A simple answer would be ‘I would love everything to be smooth and without challenges’, but if we are really honest with ourselves that is not what life is about.
I have realised that success comes from being consistent and that means that we must continuously work at our success. There are no shortcuts and success is more about consistency than an ultimate goal.
Consistency is realising that every lesson prepares you for the next challenge. The reality is you often receive your next challenge before you have completed the last one, and it is your choice of how long you are going to take to complete a challenge. Here are the questions you will need to consider: (Write them and the answers down on a piece of paper, try to answer one question at a time without thinking of the other questions – often when writing you will discover new thoughts and solutions)
What are the challenges I am currently experiencing?
Why have these challenges come my way?
What are my excuses, why am I thinking I cannot face these challenges?
What am I expecting to learn from these challenges?
What will these challenges prepare me for?
How will this make me stronger?
What if I take my time on a challenge or do it quickly, will I get different results?
You know yourself and what happens when you commit to something. With that in mind, what are you going to do differently?
Remember don’t just answer them in your head – write them down!
For this to be more personal and relevant I am going to give you an example. I am wanting to start a new business and I need $100,000 capital to begin. Raising the capital is a huge challenge and the thinking process can be adapted and applied to almost every challenge that comes your way.
What is the challenge I am currently experiencing? I know I want to do this business and I will need to work to raise the capital myself. I don’t want partners and I want to prove to myself that I can do this. I have given myself three years to raise the $100,000.
Why has this challenge come my way? I may be successful in some areas, but I believe I can improve in other areas. I may suffer from low self-esteem, perhaps I believe I am good at doing things for others, but not myself – therefore I need to prove to myself that I can be successful. It could be that I never stick to something long enough and that I want quick results.
What are my excuses, why am I thinking I cannot face this challenge? I have never done this and what if this goes wrong? What if this turns out to be a waste of time, could I be using my time more effectively?
What am I expecting to learn from this challenge? I am wanting to show myself that I have the ability to be successful, that I can focus on one thing and achieve the results that I want. I will also prove to myself that I can be consistent.
What will this challenge prepare me for? I need to learn how to think like a successful person. It will prepare me for whatever comes my way, one success leads to another and I believe that I can do this – I can raise the capital I need and because of that success, I can go on to build a successful business.
How will this make me stronger? I know that this will teach me that we never really achieve success and that success is just milestones we accomplish along the way. If we stop and think we are successful, we must realise that we have now achieved much and that we have more to learn. This will teach me that I can never stop learning.
What if I take my time on this challenge or do it quickly, will I get different results? Taking time will only delay the process, each month still has expenses and if I take too much time I will not have enough to put towards the goal of raising $100,000. therefore the quicker I do this the easier it will be to raise the money. However, I need to be consistent and work at this every day. I have to do something each day that will get me closer to my goal. The more I do the better, but doing nothing will result in me getting further away from my goal.
You know yourself and what happens when you commit to something. With that in mind, what are you going to do differently? I will not allow excuses to cause me to lose focus, I know that I have to be consistent and I will make a promise to myself that each day I will do what I need to do. Every day, without fail, I will do what I have committed to do.