. . .if the challenge accepted is one to make you better.
I believe challenges should be a part of a positive lifestyle, and the most beneficial are those that we create for ourselves by ourselves. From an athletic standpoint where you challenge yourself to walk a little further each week, to cerebral, where you challenge yourself to do a new crossword every week, to of course, your overall well-being, where you challenge yourself to start living clean.
Challenges from others can also be invigorating, and we experience them from our very early years, some as bets and dares, to our lives as elders and seniors where we are challenged to a game of chess or checkers, (do people still play checkers?) I challenge myself every morning when I wake up to create and share a smile on my social networking page, and the challenge is not so much to write the inspiration, but to continue to enjoy writing it, and some mornings it is more challenging than others. (yes I have some off days too)
I’m sure we are all faced with our challenges, and some more than others, but what makes a challenge productive is if the challenge can make you a better person, is what you have been challenged to do, going to show you that you can be better or do better at a task, or is it strictly for machismo or ego. The macho thing, many years ago, used to impress the ladies, now, guys, I think the ladies you used to want to impress could probably give you a run for your money so its best to focus on you instead.
Recently I created a challenge for myself, and that was to complete series two of my books, I chose to accept that challenge because doing so would make me a better person, a better writer, and better at marketing strategies, as well as open the door to a new challenge of finishing my children’s book and my Biography (that others are challenging me to write)
I also accepted a new career path, I was challenged by change, to make the choice to change, and to accept that something new could in fact change my life. Turns out it wasn’t a challenge at all, in fact the change was a positive thing, and now, I am challenging you to accept that challenge of change, change where you shop for things, change what things you shop for, challenge yourself to start living a clean chemical free lifestyle.