I know my last post was about challenges and I have certainly had my fair share of challenges in life and right now. I read an article in Success Magazine called “Finding Joy in the Challenges” This article was all about finding fulfillment in Marketing, not necessarily as a profession just as an important entity in any business. As you may know I am in Marketing, but I want to share with you what I took from this article outside of the world of Marketing. We face so many challenges in our life, some we have no choice in the matter, others we do. The ones I speak of today are those challenges where we are given the choice.
My whole life seems to be stacked with challenges. At first I would let them get to me. But that was strange because I had a never give up attitude from the day I was born. Sure I can do this…I WILL do this. In the past year alone I have overcome so much, so much has changed, so many good challenging things are happening in my life RIGHT NOW! I don’t think I will ever stop talking about it. I mean I was ready to settle down, ready to say this is the Marc that you will see for the rest of your life. Did not even comprehend that I can turn my whole life around again. I say again because at the age of 32 I can think of 4 other times that have turned my life around. This life change I am in the middle of right now is awesome. Fortunately I am writing and blogging and quoting my thoughts as I go now. I have a new light, a new heightened sense of positivism, determination, love and gratitude in my life right now. With all this good in my life still comes those challenges. The word challenge is something I have gotten used to, something that will never go away. But I stand before all with a newer definition to “Challenge Accepted”. Don’t just find the positives in the challenges, find that spark inside you that tells you that you are doing what you love. Find the joy in your challenges. How is that joy going to grow into the next challenge you face. You cannot just put a smile on your face and say “challenge accepted” you need to put a smile on your heart you need to place that challenge on the joys of your future.
If your life is plain and boring you are not challenging yourself. Everyone has a list, be it written or in your head of what you want to do with your life. But a lot of people play the card that it is too hard, or they are just too lazy to do it. I know we are not all wired the same, but all of us should be able to find satisfaction on the road of challenges to the things we love.
I want to list a few questions from the article that I read that you should try to answer. I changed them a little to pertain to ourselves because this was an article about marketing but I think we can apply these questions to our lives too.
-What do you stand for?
-How do you add value to your life?
-What is your style?
-What makes you awesome?
-How will you stand out?
-How will you change this world?
When you answer these questions ignore the simple answers on the surface and dig deep into the drive within you to find the truest answer. Challenges enlist a certain level of creativity in your lives too. There is no one answer to any challenge. All of us were born with the ability to be creative in our own personal ways. Your creativity can show in the answers to these questions above for sure and it shows in your ever day lives too.
Our lives are not meant to be easy. The only way they are easy is if we are not pursuing what we truly want from life. Not only should you accept the challenges; you should find the joy in every step of the way through them as well.