I remember when I was a kid, playing with building blocks and creating staircases that led to nowhere. Each block was built on the foundation of the block below it. Without that foundation, the blocks would fall.
In many respects, our lives are much the same. Without our foundation there is no way we can challenge ourselves and grow. That’s why I want to encourage you to passionately embrace the challenges that surprise you on a daily basis. I don’t mean to go out of your way and look for trouble or create drama that doesn’t exist, but to accept whatever comes your way and then deal with it. If a problem pops up at work, or a letter from the I.R.S. arrives, or your identity has been stolen, or a relationship is teetering, the worst thing you can do is ignore it.
I know it sounds counterintuitive to jump in with both feet and greet your problems with smiles, but what really is the alternative? Sure they can be a pain, and the timing is always horrible, but you already know problems won’t go away on their own. And while they can be down-right frightening at times, you can ask a friend for help, or go to a legal group, or find a relationship expert and request assistance. You don’t have to resolve your problems by yourself. In fact the sooner you take action, the quicker resolution can occur.
Here’s something else; kind of a side benefit. Every time you conquer a problem, you add to the foundation of your own building blocks, increasing your awareness of what you are capable of doing. Conquering challenges in one discipline or area gives you the confidence to seek results in other areas of your life as well, it’s natural.
I have been blessed with lots of problems, all kinds of problems, business and personal. As a result I have a staircase that reaches to the stars; lucky me.