C is for Challenge
“Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine-
To evolve, we have to challenge ourselves. To grow, we have to push a little further than last time.
To see expansion in our lives, we have to do one more push-up, one more rep, one more mile, one more minute, one more page, one more sentence, and one more brushstroke. Whatever it is, one more will get us where we want to go.
As humans, we are made to adapt. Look no further than nature and the seasons to see how we can adapt from brutally hot temperatures to frigid cold.
Humans have been optimized to do this since the beginning of time. Just like a muscle that we rip and tear for it to heal and grow more extensive, we can do the same to succeed in any area of our life.
Sticking with the example of one more push-up, we can quickly see progress in this challenge.
If we add one more push-up every day (while taking Sundays off), within one year, we will be doing over three hundred push-ups a day.
Now, if we tried to go from zero yesterday to three hundred today, we probably wouldn’t do it again tomorrow. But, if we stack one day upon the next the way a bricklayer stacks bricks to build a house, we can build muscles and adapt to the challenge.
The human body will only go where we take it, and it can go much further than we think.
It can adapt to anything we throw at it. There is more inside all of us than we are putting out. So even when we are at the limits of our physical expansion, we can always push it to one more.
So what is your challenge? Start right now, and whatever it is, do one every day!
Check out alphabet soup for the soul vol.1. “C” is for Creation.