Quote of the day:
“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” – Bernice Johnson Reagon
Think about that quote and what that means in your life. What have you learned about yourself in the past that has been brought to light by a challenging situation?
What are your current challenges? How will you rise to meet them? Are you able to make a small change in your behavior or attitude today to help you make a change for the better or fix your challenging situation?
The core focus and goal of completing the “Greatest Generation Challenge” is to become the best version of you for yourself and for the world. How do you show up when the times are tough? Are you willing to sacrifice your comfort zone to improve? Or, are you angry at your situation and fighting it in the wrong ways? Are you making it more difficult for yourself and others?
If you look back at the original Greatest Generation, they were thrust into WWII after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. The nation rallied together to send troops to war. Women at home took up jobs in the factories to help the war effort. Food was rationed. The country implemented “Meatless Tuesdays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays” in order to save food supplies to send to soldiers overseas. Changes in lifestyle, behavior, and attitudes were necessary to accomplish all of these things. They looked at the challenges they faced, figured out what what was needed and then found ways to show up.
How are you showing up? Let’s start small by taking a step back and evaluating your own personal challenges to find ways to improve them. Today I’d like you to take out a piece of paper, or start a journal, and jot down challenges you face regularly..
Challenges you face could be things at home, work, personal or professional relationships, financial, lack of sleep, health problems, etc.. Whatever is a struggle for you right now, write it down. Try to think of at least 2 challenges you deal with regularly. You do not need to know how to fix your challenge and no challenge is to small to write down. You could have a stressed relationship with your boss because they constantly belittle and underestimate you. You could have a challenge of asthma, which makes working out and going to the gym difficult. You could have an autistic kid that makes it impossible to get things done around the house as they require 24/7 supervision for their safety. You could have a time challenge, because you are working 2 jobs to make ends meet. You could have a challenge of a lack of motivation start your to do list as it’s overwhelming to you.
Whatever your challenges are, just write them down. No judgements here. We all have our own issues and struggles. Just acknowledge the struggle by writing it down. Becoming aware of these challenges we are facing regularly can help us focus on them and find ways adjust our lifestyles, behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes to either fix or accommodate the challenges.
I know not every challenge can be fixed or should be fixed. I have 6 year old nonverbal autistic daughter who needs 24/7 supervision. There is no way to “fix” her, she is who she is. However, there are ways to change my lifestyle, behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes to accommodate the challenges of raising her. Fixing the challenge isn’t always the goal. Changing ourselves to rise to the needs of challenge is sometimes the necessary route and it requires focus and attention to get on the right path.
Tomorrow we will revisit your list of challenges you face. We will try to work through ways to improve your lifestyle, behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes to either fix or better accommodate the challenges in your life.