When the mighty Jim Rohn stated:
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom”
He was giving us all permission to be great.
It’s so easy to wish things went smoother, the way you want them to; hassle free. I know I certainly have those days when all I seem to wish for is an easy ride. But as the quote points out, my energies would be best placed in wanting to be better. The better I become the more I can manage, mentally, physically & emotionally. Why wouldn’t I want that?
And so striving to be our best selves will help build our ability to do more with ease.
Problems; who needs them? I think it is fair to say most of us wish our problems away. But the truth is they rarely if ever, disappear. In fact, my experience has shown the less effort I put into tackling problems the bigger they become. So it makes sense to develop the skills to tackle problems head on. Be more decisive, know when to ask for help and be strong enough to ask for it. Don’t put off the things that need your attention, dive in and do what is necessary. Have the conversations necessary, become a better communicator; it matters.
What skills do you want to develop to make problem handling less of a chore?
And finally, challenges. Life is full of them and actually, I love them. Challenges are an opportunity to flex your knowledge, your strength, your know-how, resourcefulness and confidence. Without challenges where would we be and how would we grow? If you want to get good at facing challenges find ways to challenge yourself. I love doing fitness challenges and whilst they may predominantly help with my health & wellbeing, they also serve as a reminder that challenges are no more than an opportunity to grow. And I like to grow…
How do you deal with challenges? Do you take a positive stance, believing you can ‘get through them’ or do you go into negative gear using language that fails to serve you (I can’t, I’m not sure, I don’t know how to…)
Such a simple quote yet filled with so much wisdom. Stop being enough, be all of who you are; be your greatest self…