“Challenge yourself to be more.”
Throughout our lives, we start to build expectations based on our experiences. We look at what we’ve done, what our skills are, what our deficiencies are, and all of them begin to fill a cookie cutter image of ourselves. While these experiences and habits have a tremendous impact on who we are, how we behave, how we think (etc), they are not the upper end of what we are actually capable of. We are capable of so much more, and although the tendency is to stay with the status quo, its challenging ourselves to BE more that opens up a door to really making the most of our time, our lives, and who we ultimately are.
Our lives will provide opportunities for challenging ourselves in two ways…sometimes we get lucky and find ourselves with an opportunity, other times we must seek them out ourselves. Where an opportunity lands in our lap, our first instinct may be to step away from it. It is new. It is different. It is not what we are used to. We may doubt our capability, our capacity, indeed, our ability to even handle what’s in our path. Before we can seek out an opportunity, the same doubts and insecurities can get in our way, and as comfortable the status quo can be, it doesn’t really offer a chance for growth.
But the moment we surrender ourselves to the familiar, to the status quo, to the unchanging, we lose the motivation to accept the challenge, and thrust ourselves into an entirely new experience that will offer us a chance to learn, to grow, to become more. What we fail to realize is that the status quo is always there. We can always fall back on it. What we fail to realize is that there is a difference between accepting ourselves, and denying ourselves the chance to be even better than we currently are. Because the extension to the “Accept yourself” argument is simply this: “Accept yourself…but admit you can always be more.”
We can always improve. We can always strive to be more. And at all times we should be ready to heed the call of self-betterment. The human condition knows few limits. Do not impose them yourself.
There is no greater satisfaction in life than to look back, and see how far you’ve come. There is no greater joy in knowing that the things that were once seen as dreams, are now a reality. Challenge yourself to grasp them.