Challenges come in all shapes and sizes, some are good and some we could do without. Many challenges we bring on ourselves by the choices we make; new jobs, furthering our educations, and succeeding at a relationship. Others are thrown on us, often against our will - companies downsizing, accidents, and health scares.
Often we will look at people and situations as being challenging, but with every challenge there are still elements where we have input. We have the ability to make our own choices and manage our attitudes. There are those who will always see the glass as half empty, but I've never been part of that group. Like many, I've been dealt my share of challenges, but I've also overcome them. That doesn't mean it will always be easy, because that generally never happens. But lessons learned and growing stronger aren't things that can just be handed to us on a platter. We need to take ownership of them and work for them.
Try taking a different perspective. Don't look at a change or a challenge as necessarily being a bad thing. Look for the good that can come out of it, learn from the situation, and become stronger because of it. Years later you'll look back at the obstacles you overcame, the cancer that you beat, the skill that you mastered, and the lessons you learned as being good things.
What's been one of the biggest challenges you've learned from or overcome?