Have you ever been faced with a challenge in life, one that really pushed you to your limits? Most of us have. But let’s ponder a moment and ask, how did we feel when we came out on the other side? Most likely, the first thing we felt was relief. But then we probably felt stronger, tougher and more capable, as well.

If you want to develop yourself and expand your abilities, you must face and master challenges, move out of your comfort zone, and every now and then take on a little more than you are absolutely certain you can handle. Every advance made over the past millennia has happened in this exact way. Push beyond perceived limits, only to realize that those limits were self-imposed and not solid obstacles.

We can work up to this, by taking on little challenges every day. Set a goal to learn something, anything, new – every day. Part of the goal is making that something new also something completely outside of your “normal” knowledge base. Maybe the challenge is not just the knowledge itself, but the language used in the understanding of it. Nudge your mind to grow and you will find your comfort zones growing too.

It is not necessary to compete with other people in order to do this, although healthy competition can certainly help us sharpen certain skills. The really important competition goes on inside us, as we challenge our beliefs about where our limitations lie and how much we can be and do.

So, the next time life pushes you to your limits, why not look at it as an opportunity to grow? With this attitude, you’ll find it much easier to rise to the challenge and come out on top.

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