Have you ever been through a hardship phase in your life when you are growing up? If it was me, I was not the kid who gets bullied all the time. I’m the kid who sits in the middle between the bully and the victim. So, yeah my life is pretty normal. No need to overcome challenges in school days.
But now, after graduating and finding out my life’s task. This is where hardship and overcoming challenges starting to wheel in and I must confess that it’s been hard these past 2 weeks. I buy and read books a lot until I almost running out of money and still doesn’t found my life’s task. Probably, my last trial and error would be creating viral email marketing business. If it is still not, I am going to the library and read some books. One thing i know, I am way out of my comfort zone.
“Suffering has been stronger than all other teachings and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but – I hope – into a better shape.”
― Charles Dickens.
One day while watching YouTube, I found a great motivational YouTube by David Goggins and he said in the video that to grow you must suffer. Below is the video. Click the play button to watch.
“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.”
― Roy T. Bennett.
To overcome challenges, hardships and setbacks you have to be aware of this process happening to you and to encourage yourself to go as far as you can with your doubts, your reworking, and your strained effort, knowing the value and purpose of the frustration and the challenges you are facing.
I always think myself as an explorer because I will not find anything new which my life task if I am unwilling to leave the shore filled with comfort and security. How did I do it? I maintain an openness and looseness of spirit.
For example, in a moment of great tension, I usually go out for a run. I allow myself I called it the “moment of release tension”. Engage in activities outside your work (Sherlock Holmes and Einstein played the violin), or think about something else, no matter how trivial.
Just like what David Goggins do in the video. He pushes himself through hardship with rigorous training, pushing past his limits and resisting the easy way out. I think this is the best way to neutralize our hardship or setbacks and overcome challenges which are to cultivate a kind of pleasure in pain. Only then you will grow so much more than you can ever imagine.
“You learn something valuable from all of the significant events and people, but you never touch your true potential until you challenge yourself to go beyond imposed limitations.”
― Roy T. Bennett