Life can be tough, that doesn't mean that everything we do
has to be painful.
They look alike
Challenges and Struggles have a lot in common. It's often
impossible to tell the difference when you're in the middle
of it. There are differences though, and recognizing them
early can save you a lot of frustration and pain.
The difference is in the goal
What often sets a challenge apart is a specific attainable
goal. Struggling happens when you lose focus and your sense
of direction and purpose.
The difference is attitude
A challenger doesn't give up hope, even when faced with impossible
odds. A Struggler doubts.
The difference is in the progress
Progress is measured by how much closer we move towards our
goal. It might be a lot of so little it's hard to tell. If
we find ourselves going in all different directions, that's
a good indication of a struggle.
The difference is in the results
Basically results tell it all. "The proof is in the pudding"
as the saying goes. Does all this effort pay off with an enriching
reward? It is fulfilling all by itself? Are we better for
doing it? Then the challenge is worth it.
Toon Up Your Life!
Choose something that you're going through
now; anything that takes effort. Then ask yourself these questions:
• Is it rewarding?
• Is it lofty / noble?
• Is it attainable?
• Is it enriching to myself or to those I love?
• Is the reward ultimately larger than the effort?