How do you view struggles, obstacles, and challenges in your life? Are they pain that must be endured? Or are they stepping stones which will elevate you to your highest potential?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford
Our experience of life is largely shaped by our perception. If you hold the perception that your struggles build up your character and bring with them great opportunity for self-growth and change then that will be your experience. You will find the opportunities for growth and change and become a better person because of your struggles.
Let me share with you an anecdote of twin brothers. Their father was an alcoholic and drug abuser. He was in and out of prison. One of the twin brothers grew up and murdered a man in a botched robbery at the age of 23. The other brother grew up and became a physician.
The first brother was interviewed in prison and asked, “why do you think you turned out the way you did?” His answer was “with a father like that, how could I have become anything different?”
The brother who was a physician was also interviewed and asked the same question. His answer? “With a father like that, how could I have become anything different?”
It is our perceptions of life which dictate our experience and thus our actions. The first brother perceived that because he had endured so much pain as a child he then had no choice but to turn to drugs and alcohol. The second brother perceived that all of the pain in his early childhood life had built within him an iron will; giving him the strength to achieve anything that he set his mind to.
Let me ask you once again. Is your life a struggle? Or is your life filled with gifts from the universe? Gifts which build you up. Gifts which make you stronger, wiser, and a more capable human being?