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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Accepting Challenges

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I work for a community collage and my youngest son just started his second year of Culinary school.  So a new school year has started for both of us this week and our fall routine is quickly taking shape. 

One of the values of education is experiencing new things that often take us out of our comfort zones.   Creating situations where we challenge ourselves.

Every year my sons and I continue to be challenged in both school and life.  Taking each 'challenge' that comes our way, accepting it, learning from each one and growing in many ways. 

So this is a perfect time to share another Great post by my friend Mark Ford; adding a little of my own input and favorite quotes.  
“Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” ~ General George S. Patton
Now from Mark Ford @ FFG Consulting, LLC

Many times we get "comfortable" in our lives and forget what helped us get to where we are in life.

Only recently did I begin to realize that the key thing that has helped me grow in my personal and professional life is challenge.  It could have been a challenging situation that caused me to learn a new skill or to step outside my comfort zone.  Many times those situations presented themselves through work or involvement in other organizations, and I was "forced" to step up and meet the challenge - and to grow.

I work with many people who have forgotten that many times those "challenges" in their lives helped them grow too. We all tend to get comfortable with who we are and with what we have in life - and may even work now to avoid challenge and change.  I work with many of my clients to recognize that if they want to continue growing in their personal and professional development that they need to begin challenging themselves.

This week:

If you've lost a bit of the "fire" in your life as far as your passion for the direction in your life, challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone a bit and begin associating with people who might force you to stretch or to think about life in new and exciting ways.  As John Maxwell says, "Passion is contagious. Get around some people who can infect you."
Make it a GREAT week!

Mark Ford
FFG Consulting, LLC
"Passion is contagious. Get around some people who can infect you." ~ John Maxwell
This quote is such good advice.  I learned last year what a great influence it is to be around positive people who accept challenges and have passion for what they do in life.  First by hearing a speaker named Silver Rose in November.  At the end of a great presentation from a woman who has accepted challenges in her life and made her life Awesome.  She asked her audience "Who's life is Awesome?"  No one raised their hand.  She then said, "Well why not?  Life is too short to Not to be Happy and have the life you dream of!  She was absolutely right!

Soon after that I met an amazing person who has real passion for his career and life.  He accepts challenges everyday with a positive, upbeat attitude.  He inspires me to go outside my comfort zone and follow my own passions and dreams.

These people changed my life forever!  I can never thank them enough.  I hope I can inspire and encourage others to follow their hearts, pursue their dreams and most of all to be Happy!  

"Find your passion, accept challenges and make your life Awesome!"
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  1. :) you are an inspiration to many out me .. .very good post ....

  2. Thanks for this. Great advice and inspiring post!

  3. a great post. It's easy to sit rather challenge ourselves. We know what we have but frightened of what might be, failure, neg. emotions. we have the issue that we don't learn as much because we stay stationary. rose

  4. thanks for this. Now I just need to know how to make what I want happen. That's the hard part.


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