Life’s challenges can quickly become overwhelming. However, when you have the right support in place, you can not only overcome these challenges, you can learn to embrace them. You don’t have to let day-to-day difficulties get in the way of living a happy, purposeful life. Here’s how you can learn to say “challenge accepted.”

Making the Decision to Embrace Your Challenge

The first thing you need to do is decide that you’re going to embrace the challenge. It’s like choosing to exercise. You know nothing happens until a decision is made. So, you have to make the conscious decision to embrace whatever obstacle you have in front of you at the moment, or what obstacle you will have shortly. Make the challenge your intention. You have to intentionally decide to embrace that challenge.

When a challenge comes up, our humanness wants to run the other way. We have to make a decision to stop ourselves from running and embrace that challenge because it won’t happen otherwise.

Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

We have to be comfortable being uncomfortable, and over time, you’ll get there. It sounds counter-intuitive, but life is full of things that are uncomfortable, it’s full of challenges and difficulties. You have to learn to become comfortable with this stuff because they’re a part of life. They’re never going to go away. The more you make the decision to face life’s challenges, the more comfortable you will get with being uncomfortable. You just get used to it, and it makes it easier to meet new challenges and difficulties in the future.

Surround Yourself With Supportive People

The other important thing you can do when learning to embrace life’s challenges is to surround yourself with the people. Surround yourself with people that are going to support you while you’re embracing your challenge. They’re going to help you embrace the fear that when you want to give up and they can keep you grounded when you want to run the other way. You need to have a group of people like I have to say, “No, Renee, you’ve got to keep going, and we’re here for you, and we’re fighting for you.”

I love to be part of a team that fights for me, and we fight for each other. I think being part of a team that I respect and can get behind is so important. That’s what it’s all about. When you’re facing tough challenges, your team can get behind you and help you through those difficulties that you wouldn’t be able to make it through on your own.

Learn to Say “Challenge Accepted.”

To learn how to say “challenge accepted,” you need to do what I heard a preacher say recently. He said, “Go back to the place where you don’t want to be so you can give birth to the purpose you’re called to.” So if you’ve run away from a challenge and you’ve said, “It’s uncomfortable, I didn’t want to do it,” you need to go back there. Go back to that place so that you can give birth to your purpose.

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For example, what if a woman decides she doesn’t want to embrace giving birth. What if our mothers decided they didn’t want to take that challenge on, where would we be? It’s a lifetime of challenge if you’re a mom or a parent, isn’t it? Think of your challenges the same way — where will you be if you don’t embrace them? I’m grateful for my challenges because they push me to be better than I ever could be without them. You can have gratitude for your challenges too.

Today, think about what challenges you’re grateful for because that’s what it’s all about, that’s where we grow. Think about how today, you can say, “challenge accepted.”