3 Lessons You Will Learn from Facing Your Challenges Head-On
Most people hate a challenge. While reaching a new physical goal or finding a better solution at work might be motivating, those aren’t the types of challenges we’re talking about. We’re talking about the challenges that rock you to your core mentally, emotionally, physically, or spiritually. But with every challenge, there is a silver lining. There is always something to learn from adversity and here are three lessons you can take away the next time you overcome a challenge in your life.
What have I learned from this?
Always ask yourself what you’ve learned from a challenge. Too often we view challenges only as stumbling blocks or obstacles, when in fact they can be great tools you can learn from. When you’ve faced a challenge, you learn more about yourself. You learn what you’re made of, what you can handle, how you react to something distressing, how strong you are, or even realizing when you need to ask for help. Learning from your challenges gives you an opportunity to grow and these lessons pave the way to greater wisdom.
How could I have handled that better?
Facing challenges helps with our critical thinking. It helps us think outside the box. Sometimes you can’t summit a peak from a certain route; it takes stepping back and looking at alternate paths to get to the top. When you face your challenge, you think more critically and build up your mental stamina. Next time, maybe you’ll face your challenge from a different direction or handle it a different way. Maybe even, you’ll handle it better than you have in the past.
How can I use this to help others?
This is possibly the best thing you can take away from facing your challenges. We as people tend to view personal challenges as just that—personal. We believe they’re for our development only, when in fact we can use the lessons we’ve learned to help and empathize with others going through something similar. Challenges help build connections. When you’ve overcome something really difficult, you immediately empathize with someone going through a similar situation. Your next challenge is helping others with what you’ve learned for yourself.
Got a challenge staring you down? We encourage you to face it head on and focus on what you will take away from it. You’ve got this!