On Effort And Overwhelm

We risk being overwhelmed by life’s challenges whether we try too hard or not hard enough, but only one of these options can lead us beyond our difficulties to success. Life will not always be easy. We will struggle. At times, we will be overwhelmed by decisions, challenges, and setbacks. This is true whether we…

The Challenge Of Growth

When things that once challenged us no longer do, we can either choose comfort in routine or growth in new challenges. There is nothing wrong with comfort in itself. We all crave it in some way. After all, growth and progress are not sustainable without some time for rest, recovery, and reflection in our lives….

Our Difficulty

Doing the easy thing now does not make the difficult thing go away. The best time to address difficulty is as it presents itself. Waiting will not make it go away. Time does not make that which is difficult easier to deal with. Ignoring a difficult problem, task, or truth in favor of comfort, convenience,…

But Not Unnecessarily

While we should not turn away from difficulty purely for the sake of comfort, we also should not seek out difficulty unnecessarily for the sake of itself. Sometimes, things are difficult for no reason other than that they are difficult. Not all difficulty is meant to be faced head on, moved through, or overcome. Some…

Choose Difficulty Over Comfort

If comfort is our standard for behavior, we cannot grow. The essence of evolution is adaptation as a means of overcoming difficulty. If we spend all of our time and energy avoiding difficulty, we are simultaneously denying ourselves the opportunity to grow and to change. By choosing comfort over challenges, we are also choosing stagnation…