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Taking on Life’s Challenges

challengeJust like anything in life, sometimes we succeed and sometimes we fail to take on challenges we come across with. That’s why almost every one of us is afraid of encountering challenges even though we know for ourselves that we have the capacity to prevail over them. Most of us focus on being afraid of a challenge rather than think of the valuable return we get once we overcome such challenges. Whether we win or we lose, we always come out with more wisdom because of the experience. It all boils down to how we can turn these challenges into opportunities.

In life, there are two kinds of challenges we have to take on. These two are the “Reward Challenge” and the “Nirvana Challenge”. Everything we do in our daily life can be categorized according to these two challenges. And once we are able to fully comprehend them and incorporate these trials into our being, we will overcome the fear that comes when facing life’s roadblocks. All we have to do is give our best in every undertaking which is the proper and healthy way of living.

We take on the Reward Challenge right from the day when we were born. These include all our endeavors which are meant for gaining success in life. From learning to talk and walk, going to school, participating in sports, building and nurturing relationships, and any other activity that can give is something in return when we succeed.

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On the other hand, reward challenges, as the name implies, meant coming across certain challenges with a rewarding end. This leads us to keep on trying and striving against more reward challenges. While there’s a possibility of failing when taking on any challenge, it always helps to look at the bigger picture and see how failures and successes will help you become a better, wiser person. The lessons you get from such experience opens our eyes to new perspective, giving new meaning to your life.

As for the Nirvana Challenge, what we get in return is something bigger than just the satisfaction of receiving something. Facing this type of challenge enlightens us and helps us gain a better perspective of our true selves. It can awaken our ability to let the four parts of our being which consist of the body, mind, soul, and subconscious to work in perfect unison in order to achieve greatness.

Once we fully understand how to handle these two types of challenges, we will have an easier time facing trials, overcoming challenges and solving any problems life throws at us along the way. We will be able to have a clearer perspective of every experience we go through. This will give us the courage to go up against any challenge whether big or small. We learn to accept that challenges are a part of life. This principle will help us take on any situation with more confidence. We just need to bring out the best in us and we will succeed against any challenge.

By: Jeffrey Slayter

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One Response to Taking on Life’s Challenges

  1. Joyce Kawasaki

    Jeff, glad you are posting articles like this, explaining that we all are afraid when we face a challenge because one of the options is failure. Then telling us we can change our focus away from failure and see the big picture of how it made us a better person and what we learned.

    I need more clarification on the Nirvana Challenge. It’s not about receiving, so it must be about what we are giving and contributing which provides such satisfaction that it puts us in Nirvana. Is that right? Thanks for you answer in advance!

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  1. Joyce Kawasaki says:

    Jeff, glad you are posting articles like this, explaining that we all are afraid when we face a challenge because one of the options is failure. Then telling us we can change our focus away from failure and see the big picture of how it made us a better person and what we learned.

    I need more clarification on the Nirvana Challenge. It’s not about receiving, so it must be about what we are giving and contributing which provides such satisfaction that it puts us in Nirvana. Is that right? Thanks for you answer in advance!

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