How Far Can you Stretch in the Face of Challenge?
Rubber bands are meant to be stretched. In fact, they are fulfilling their purpose and are most useful when they are stretched fully. Think of yourself as a rubber band, are you stretching yourself or are you lying loose on the table or in a drawer? Do you know how far you can stretch yourself? If you have been hesitant to stretch yourself further, remember the greater the challenge, the greater the victory.
Sometimes we are stretched pretty thin, feeling like we are about to break, and a storm still looms in front of us. It is at these times that we actually see what we are made of and how much more we can do. In the midst of a challenge, always keep your goal always in front of you and never forget that every storm will end. Try not to lose sight of your goal in the fog of the storm. The reward of accomplishing your goal is far greater when you had to struggle and stretch to reach it.
When training for a marathon, it doesn’t matter if it is raining, extremely hot or my body doesn’t feel like it can handle more, I know I must do what it takes to complete my training runs. While I am running marathons, despite any pain or desire to quit, I focus myself on the finish line and the sense of accomplishment I will feel when I cross it. Whether an injury at mile 18 of a marathon forced me to slow to a walk, but felt like I needed to crawl, or passing out at the Singapore Marathon at mile 20 due to the heat, I always press on toward the finish line because I know how great the reward of fulfilling my goal will be.
At Solavei, we do the same thing. We are creating something that has never been done before and it isn’t without challenge and hard work. But it’s the stories of our members who are benefitting from the opportunity that keep us stretching and doing whatever it takes to accomplish our objectives. When our members are able to buy groceries, pay for their mobile phone bill or even pay their mortgage, it is a constant reminder that we must keep stretching at all times. It positively impacts their lives, their relationships and their health because we push through a challenge, work to find solutions and create success for our members. The stories from the members are our reward and each one is far greater than any challenge we face.
Are you ready to stretch yourself beyond where you’ve been before? What are the goals that keep you pushing beyond your mental limits?