How many times have you chosen the easy road?
How many times have you turned away because something seemed too hard?
My answer to that question is that I’ve lost count
I’ve recently started to experience the incredible growth that we all can know by choosing to be challenged. You see, it’s not just taking a hard task as if comes before you, it’s intentionally seeking out challenges so you can learn what you’re really made of. Don’t wait for life to throw hard stuff at you, but put yourself in a situation where you have to develop new skills through hard work and repetition.
An example of this process in my own life is snowboarding. I recently moved to Lynchburg, VA to go to Liberty University. Having never snowboarded in my life, I decided to intentionally put myself outside of my comfort zone. And I’m finding the benefits to be great.
When you push past the fear of doing something different and take the first step, you develop a hunger to take on even bigger challenges.
When I put my board over the hill for the first time, I was terrified. But I resolved to make the move anyway and gravity did the rest. Sure I fell down (several times). It took me falling down to build the confidence I needed. We know all too well how that applies to so many other areas of our lives…or do we? I hope your answer is yes but if not, make the first step in whatever challenge that is hovering around you. You’re likely to fall a few times but it will be well worth it.
As you face new challenges, one small step at a time, I think you’ll be surprised by how much you really are capable of. I, myself, am surprised by how much I’m loving the sport of snowboarding. It was, and is, so foreign to me but I’m slowly making progress through the falls. I’m meeting new people that I never would have if I didn’t make the trip up that mountain. And now I’m thinking of what other challenges I have yet to take on.
What I’m talking about involves risk and it involves uncertainty but there’s a huge part of life that we miss out on when we stay, comfortably, within the familiar.
Take on a new challenge this week and tell me how it goes in the comments. I’d love to hear what the experience teaches you!