Do you step out of your comfort zone to meet new challenges? Don’t stay on the sidelines of life! Facing challenges takes practice
I don’t know about you, but sometimes challenges make me nervous. I get into a comfortable routine and then I encounter a challenge. It can be a natural human reaction to choose the easiest way around the obstacle, but that is not always the best way.
There are times when I really love a good challenge, but I have always had a hard time stepping out of my comfort zone and pushing my limits.
My uneasiness with challenges has to do with my perception of myself: sometimes I don’t think I have what it takes to climb that mountain and conquer it. I am a perfectionist (recovering!), so I don’t like the idea of failing and I tend to avoid doing things I think I will fail at.
But I realize that the barriers in my own mind have sabotaged any rewards that may come from victory. When I am faced with a challenge and I start to doubt myself , I remind myself to rise and meet the challenge before me. I don’t have to face every challenge all at once, I just have to focus on the mountain right in front of me at the moment.
I have found that dealing with challenge and difficulty in a positive way comes with practice, and what better way to practice than to face challenges! My prayer has often been “God, help me rise to the challenges set before me”!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist