Rich Fettke

The Joy of Challenge

"The first step to doing something is saying you’ll do it — preferably to someone else. The next step is thinking you’ll do it, then believing, then taking the action." -Hans Florine, Author of Speed Climbing and world champion rock climber

Think of the last time you took on a good, healthy challenge in your life. Maybe it was a physical challenge – like a long hike or run – where you really had to dig deep in order to stick with it. Maybe it was an emotional challenge – like asking someone out for a date or asking a business prospect for the big sale. Maybe it was a challenge where you left a job, moved across the country, or enrolled in school.

How did you feel when you were going for it? How do you feel now when you think back on that challenge?

My clients have shown me, time and time again, that when we have a compelling goal that challenges us to give our best it brings an incredible feeling of exhilaration and passion to our lives.

Life’s greatest rewards are often found when we reach just a little higher. When we are growing, that’s when we are really living. As I write this I am looking at where my life has become habitual rather than experiential. I am asking myself the question "Where have I slipped into a comfort zone and what is my next exciting challenge?"

What about you? What is the next big challenge for you and when will you go for it? As you take on your challenge you will be rewarded with more ambition and drive. And on the other side of your challenge will be a fantastic feeling of exhilaration and accomplishment. Isn’t that worth taking the leap?

What is the next big challenge you’ve been thinking about taking on? Give it some thought. Get clear, take action and then enjoy the high.


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