Improving Through Our Struggles

None of us is immune from the struggles of life.  No one gets a pass.  Challenges, difficulties, and troubles are part of the deal.  We do not get to control how they come at us, when, or in what quantity.  Their timing is never convenient.  When it is our time to struggle, it is simply…

A Problem’s Opportunity

When faced with a problem, or multiple problems at once, It is important to always look for the upside. This may seem cliché, but that does not make it any less true. It is easier to find solutions when we are focused on what is possible, not what is impossible. The solution to our problem…

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…