Embracing Opportunities to be Challenged

Embracing Opportunities to be Challenged

Photo Credit: Graphics by David Garibaldi @garibaldiart  Text: By Erika Glenn

Photo Credit: Graphics by David Garibaldi @garibaldiart
Text: By Erika Glenn

Let’s face it; challenges never come at a convenient time. They always seem to come when we do not want them to come.

A few months ago, I launched my career as a Solo Practitioner and ever since then the challenges have been non-stop. Each day I am challenged in a new area of life (i.e. business, confidence, relationships, friendships, spirituality…etc.) and I have to make a decision to either run towards the challenge or run away from it.

I deeply desire to be the best at what I do; therefore I’ve been running toward the challenges.   Two of the greatest challenges have been managing relationships and developing greater confidence when speaking Spanish.

First, let’s begin with managing relationships. One experience that I believe all new entrepreneurs go through is the changing dynamic of friendships and relationships. THEY CHANGE…and often, without warning. You begin to gain new friends and you lose a few old ones.  You also learn that boundaries must be set within existing friendships and relationships, and that can be a difficult task to execute.

Next, let’s talk about developing linguistic confidence. Though I have studied Spanish for many years, lived in two Spanish-speaking countries, and consider myself to be fluent, I am nowhere near an expert. I constantly meet clients who use words that I am unfamiliar with and I hear accents that are new to me. When these situations occur, it can be challenging because not only do I have play the role of a problem-solver, I also have to try to decipher what they’re saying at the same time. Once I’ve accomplished those two tasks, I have to figure out how to convey the answer in Spanish.   There are days when the answers and words seem to roll off my tongue like butter but there are others when my mind feels fuzzy and I simply feel at a loss for words.

Throughout each of the above-described situations, I must make the decision to overcome the challenge or allow the challenge to overcome me.

At this point in life, I realize that my future and my goals are worth every challenge. Therefore, I decide to push through the challenges. I recognize that my future and my goals are worth facing each challenge with confidence and with the knowledge that I can overcome each one.

Today, I encourage each person to know that nothing in my future or your future is worth running away from. Every challenge you face today is worth the future you desire to have.

God has given each of us the power to overcome and be victorious. The only things we need to do are remember where our help comes from, and rely on it instead of ourselves each day.

Today, be encouraged to embrace your challenges. Your goals and your future are worth it.

Scripture: “No one can comprehend the height of heaven, the depth of the earth, or all that goes on in the king’s mind! Remove the impurities from silver, and the sterling will be ready for the silversmith.” Proverbs 25:3-4.

Love,

 ~ETE

 =)

2 Comments
  • Roselyn
    April 30, 2014

    By facing our challenges, we get our greatest testimonies. When we walk away from our challenges, we deprive ourselves of the greatness of God. When we move in the direction of overcoming them, God is honored because we allow him to be glorified by showing us and others of his mighty work. Philippians 1: 6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”. Challenges prepare us for the reward ahead. The more we practice by shooting at the target the better we become at hitting the target!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      April 30, 2014

      So true and so real! I realize that now more than ever! No running away over here! =)

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