The problem is not the problem; the problem is our attitude towards the problem. – Captain Jack Sparrow.
Have you ever come across the couplet, “Life is not a bed of roses, but a route of thorns”? Every now and then we all come across challenges at different stage and time in our lives. Challenges are meant to shape us for good and serve as a stepping stone for us to reach a greater height.
Great men and women are great because they overcome challenges and never run away from them; they see challenges as exciting and face it with enthusiasm.
Here are general rules to every challenge in order that you win over them; that you grip them by the root.
1. Know The Simple Truth.
The simple truth? I know you will be wondering. The simple truth is this – “obstacles are designed to be pounded; hurdles to be leaped over and the stumbling blocks are there to serve as stepping stones to greater achievements.” You must come to term with this basic assertion if you want to move far in life.
2. Work On Yourself
All challenges are inside. The solution to every problem is within; and so is the cause. You shall therefore always look within long before you look without. Every victory always demands that you work hard on yourself before the dawn of triumph.
3. Know The Facts
You must study, analyze and understand the true nature of the challenge; what it demands. You will then write down your findings. This action alone quickly puts you in charge. It puts you in action; and the challenge, in inaction. It dilutes the venom in the challenge and concentrates the drive in you.
4. Don’t Be A Coward
You must never attempt to run away from the challenge, as, just like a wild dog, it would run straight after you, and approach you with vicious intentions. You are born a champion. Only cowards run away from challenges.
5. See The Benefits
You must never curse the challenge, as every challenge, upon victory, hands you several benefits of equivalent magnitude. Challenges come to strengthen. This you must acknowledge. Great storms make oaks take deeper roots.
6. No Blame Game
You must never blame anyone, your peers, the teachers, your parents, the school, the government or your God for the challenge. Complaining, blaming is not the method of winners.
7. Be Responsible
You must take total responsibility for every challenge and for the outcome of every contest you pursue in life. You must arrive with conviction and passion. Only as you stand on your feet can you grow in stature.
8. Don’t Set Yourself Up
You must never cry, blame yourself, pity yourself or say “why me?” as you confront the challenge for this will serve to suspend the thinking process necessary to overcome the challenge.
9. Be Of Good Courage
Challenges are known to fear the bold person. Courage must be your weapon of attack. You must therefore bring optimism and audacity to bear on the challenge.
Knowledge is light. It’s a great idea to contact the library or bookshop to get books written by practical men and women, who have had similar challenges, to learn how they won. You shall read such books and profit from their wisdom and then win over your own challenge.
11. Never Walk Alone
To go far, go in peer. You need other people just as they need you. Find a fellow human being, who now faces a challenge similar to yours; you must work hard with empathy and help him or her to overcome the challenge. And just by a miracle, your own challenge shall shrink, dissolve and disappear.
12. Find A Mentor
Mentors are the people who had being there before; they have experienced what you are going through or rather been in situations similar to yours.
You need to find a mentor; an experienced and trusted friend and adviser. You shall table the substance of your challenge before him or her, and humbly request for guidance. Your teachers and parents will qualify for this role. Your friends or classmates, even though well-meaning and loving, because of their meager experience, shall not qualify.
If you are already a parent or out of school, an expert in the very field that brings forth the challenge shall constitute a credible mentor. Friends, in-laws and neighbors, except they be broadly experienced, will be unfit to mentor.
13. Keep On Keeping-On
When it rains, it pours: by this you shall realize that challenges, like blessings, often arrive in multiples; they march with siblings. You must therefore take heart and never give up, even in the face of the toughest tribulation. You must appreciate that just as the night is darkest shortly before dawn, difficulties often attain their hardest bite at the brink of their decline, only needing a little extra persistence from you to unveil the multiple blessings they always hide. This blessing shall ultimately become yours as a fair reward for your faith and perseverance. You shall remember that there is always a solution, no matter the magnitude of the problem. You must therefore always persist until you achieve.
You shall pray to God for victory over the challenge. You must have faith in God. It is important that you present the nature of your desire, the contest before you, and the challenges standing in your way before the Almighty God. God in His infinite wisdom shall answer in any of three main ways (a) No, (b) Yes or (c) Wait.
a. God rarely says ‘No’ He does this only when victory over your challenge, when the actualization of your desire will fetch unforeseen harm to you and others.
You will therefore do well to trust God and surrender to His will at all times. This will grant you incalculable peace of mind and serenity.
b. God always say “yes’
You shall know that only a worthless blessing is ever got for free. For a gratifying achievement, God will always demand that you qualify for the merit. Such blessings shall always come wrapped in a blanket of challenges.
A big blanket must necessarily contain a big blessing. You shall go to work and remove the blanket in order to earn the mighty blessing it contains. This is the way of all champions in history. You are born to win. Therefore, you must merit every favor.
You must give praise and worship to God at all times as you overcome every challenge. Not only must you be grateful for what you achieve, you should also be grateful for what you escape.
c. God may also say ‘wait’. You will therefore profit from patience and perseverance at all times. You must know, like the farmers that you cannot sow and reap the same day.
Wrap it up!
You’ve been equipped with fourteen tips to overcome every challenge that comes your way. Now is the time to go out there to smash, and pound every challenges and obstacles standing on your way to greatness.
Over To You
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