Ten seconds. Ten seconds is all it takes to continue when you feel like quitting. Surely, you can hang in ten seconds more. When those ten seconds end, continue for another ten seconds, then another ten seconds. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back and thinking, ‘Wow, I did it. I didn’t quit.’
“Physical muscles build up by facing the challenge weight. Mental muscles too grow stronger as we challenge them. According to Barbara Fredrickson, a leading positive psychology researcher, “in life there are situations where you have to perform in areas where you are weak, and it is those situations that may bring the most pride and the most lasting sense of confidence, achievement, and strength as well.” ~ Source
NOTE: Think back to your greatest successes, those that brought you the deepest satisfaction. More likely than not, you overcame significant challenges on your road to success. You faced difficulties and didn’t shy away. The result was success and an inner feeling that you did something special. You felt good about yourself. Don’t fear challenging situations. You knock them down and keep on going. Bring it on is your motto. You are confident.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou
NOTE: Life challenges to become stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable. When we rise over and over again, we gain strength, confidence, resilience, and the ability to endure the toughest of times. The base foundation for gaining strength and resilience is the meaning in our life. When we have meaning in our life we can accomplish most any goal and conquer most every challenge. What meaning in your life drives you today?
NOTE: There is no easy way. Once we accept that fact, life takes a decided turn for the better. It focuses our mind on being strong, patient, and resilient. All of which, like a hardy soup, combine to give us endurance to tackle the toughest of challenges. You’ve already got the stuff to endure. Face your challenges with courage, hope, and the confidence that you are tougher than anything they can toss at you.
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”
“Take charge of your own growth. Growth, it’s been said, is the only evidence of happiness. Every day you always have a choice–you can either step forward into growth, or step backward into safety.” Source
NOTE: Playing it safe is the easy road, but not necessarily the best road. it’s the easy road. Taking the tough road requires discipline, patience, and endurance. It’s the only way to grow. When we test our limits we enter into an “uncomfortable zone.” It’s not easy but it provides us with opportunities to gain confidence, test ourself against the unknown, and the opportunity to look back and say, “I didn’t quit. I did it!”
“The most important three words you can say to yourself: Yes I can!” Denis Waitley
We’ve all seen it. When someone puts their heart into doing something, he/she does it. They don’t quit. They eat up obstacles the way folks in south Texas eat barbecue. When you face a challenge. Say the three words, ‘Yes I Can’ over and over until you meet the challenge.