The idea of a challenge is a concept that appears to everyone differently. Some of us, when we encounter a challenge, immediately experience distress and unease as a result of the appearance of something new and foreign, while others welcome challenge, seeing it as an opportunity to conquer a new feat.
Personally, I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle on the challenge reaction spectrum. Depending on the severity of the challenge, I may react positively or negatively, and I imagine many of us can relate to this stance.
While I recognize that my reaction to a new challenge can vary, I’ve been trying to shift my perspective of challenges as of late. This shift has been prompted by the limited use of my dominant hand, but nonetheless, I think this change in how I perceive a challenge is a positive thing.
Attitude can have such a tremendous influence on how we go about our daily lives. Think about it; if we are faced with something foreign and intimidating, it seems natural to react poorly. But what if we were to react positively, and see this unfamiliar concept with a different outlook that welcomes change and improvement as opposed to insecurity and hesitation?
Change and challenges are two inevitable elements of life itself, hence why I think it could be significantly beneficial to alter how we handle them when they appear. Is it easy to shut down and reject a new challenge? Absolutely. Is it constructive? Not exactly, depending on the logistics of the circumstance.
The next time you’re faced with something new and intimidating, take a moment to adjust how you are internalizing the situation. You may be amazed by how much a shift in attitude can alter the outcome of a scenario, and said shift could prove to be rewarding in the long run.