Today is a profound day. Today is the day that you will see your struggles, the obstacles in your life, experiences of rejection and everything that leave you feeling inadequate and frustrated in a new light.

Would you agree that as utopian as an easy and comfortable life sounds, it would never inspire you to find out what your true potential is? In other words, you would never really know how strong you are, how smart and creative you are or how unique you are?

A perfectly easy life will never lead to growth or improvement. I dare say it might even lead to apathy.

An opposite force is needed for progress. Even seeds need gravity to grow. How else do they know where is up or where is down?

Those things that feel like they are holding you back is actually the very things that will be part of your victory story. It is the opportunity to get you going. It is the catalyst that will compel you to go to the next level.

Take rejection for example. It is not fun. Neither is it healthy. But it has one remarkable benefit: If rightly handled, it compels you to refocus your life and your priorities and even constrains you from continuing to live in an unhealthy/dysfunctional space.

In nature rejection can be seen as a normal process. Birth is the process of one entity rejecting another and vice versa. At one point a mother’s body rejects the baby and the baby rejects the mother’s body. It is simply the end of one season and the beginning of another. We can take that experience of rejection to refocus on who we are and live more authentically.

The obstacles you face are part of living. Living life is a choice.  Just like physical training and doing weights are your choice, your thinking and speaking are your choice – no matter the forces around you. Inadvertently, the strength and fitness of your body are also your choice and in the same way the strength of your mind and heart is up to you.

Life is not easy, but it is worth it. Have courage. Just like a challenge faced head on an overcome, it is the stuff that legends are made of.

  1. K. Chesterton put it like this: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”