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Look Forward to the Challenge

Posted Apr 21 2013 4:58pm


What’s the difference between a problem and a challenge?  Perhaps you have wondered about this distinction. One day i made a decision to think of  what I called “problems,”  challenges. It was a great decision but at first it didn’t quite seem natural. After a while I became more comfortable with that distinction. Whenever I was facing what I had previously considered a problem, I began calling it a challenge. It took a while but I began noticing that my attitude changed. It didn’t seem so daunting. I even began to took forward to the challenges ahead. I have pretty much eliminated the word “problem” from my vocabulary. If I’m concerned about a circumstance in my  life, I wonder what it’s going to take to make it work for me.

With some new perspective I began seeing the opportunity in each new challenge. Complaining about it doesn’t help the situation.

Because I saw the possible opportunity I was more motivated to design a strategy and to implement it. Quite often it would take longer than I had anticipated, but I stayed with it. Because I had a clear purpose why I was involved in the particular endeavor, I was able to stay focused in the midst of the uncertainty that I would experience from time to time.

At some point you begin to experience  a tremendous sense of fulfillment for not only staying true to your purpose, but for a job well done.

Each of us has our own unique way of handling the challenge.  Have an honorable intention and move forward with that in mind. Yes we will still have those twists and turns as life continues to unfold,  but we also have an opportunity to experience joy and love as we experience the journey.



Mark Susnow, is an executive-life coach and recognized thought leader who inspires others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery. His enthusiastic and inspiring keynotes on change, leadership and connection thoroughly convey this message to his audiences. A former trial attorney for 30 years, he integrates what it takes to be successful in the world with the inner wisdom unfolded to him through years of yoga and meditation. He is the author of Dancing on the River: Navigating Life’s  Changes and Discover the Leader Within.

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