“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”
How easily we understand the need to change our body by challenging it with difficulty. We get up early, we go to the gym, we push out just one more repetition on the bench press. We know that by challenging the body we become stronger. Embracing the suck is what we do to get stronger physically. It’s easy to do because we have a goal we are striving to accomplish.
It works the same way with mental difficulties of course, but those aren’t as easy to embrace. I’m not talking about learning new things and seeking new knowledge, that’s different. I mean the times when life is challenging us, when things aren’t going our way. Those difficulties aren’t as easy to embrace as strengthening opportunities, until you set aside emotions and personal pride and truly seek to learn from whatever challenge life has thrown your way. That’s when the breakthroughs happen. That’s when we get stronger…