When thinking about the weak ahead, I started to get an all too familiar feeling-worry. Worry seems to be that creeping feeling that follows us around when we are trying to be positive and face challenges head-on.
I’ve always envied those people who are able to greet challenges with a smiling face. They seem to jump into any opportunity or situation that comes their way with a great attitude and a plan of action. As I’ve gotten older, and especially through my chosen career, I’ve learned to develop skills that enable me to think less pessimistically about challenges, and more optimistically about how I can handle it. However, please understand, it is never easy.
That brings me to the quote for this week: “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all”-Helen Keller. Now to me, this means “If you aren’t being challenged, what’s the point?”
Although challenge can be scary, intimidating, and frustrating, it often has the ability to bring out the best parts of us. When I reflect on my life, every challenge that I have been most anxious about has turned out to be one of my greatest experiences and a pivotal reason why I’ve grown as a person. For example, enrolling in college, learning to drive, starting my teaching career, and even starting this blog. All of these things absolutely scared me to death when I was facing them, yet once I was on the other side they made me a better and more knowledgeable person.
As a teacher, I’m always talking to my students about growth mindset. Yet, as adults, do we display that ourselves? Are we okay with failure, disappointment, and making mistakes, or do we only feel comfortable doing things that we know we will be successful at? Here is my challenge to you this week-do something that makes you uncomfortable! Face a challenge that you may not succeed at, but will be better and wiser for the experience. Let your experiences shape you into the person you want to be. Show the people around you that challenge is a natural and healthy part of life.
I promise that when you set aside feelings of fear and self-doubt, you will reach greater heights than you could ever imagine. And if you fall, just know, I’ll be right there to pick you back up and keep on going.