Are you up to the Challenge?

Posted on: January 31, 2013

The end of the year is always a good time to reflect on events of the past twelve months.  Challenges, changes, accomplishments, wins, losses... Earning your degree is no small feat; it can certainly feel like a struggle.  With burdens of work, family and life, you may start to feel like that diploma may never reach your hands.  When the going gets tough, try a simple reevaluation of your educational journey.   Is earning  your degree a “struggle” or “challenge”?

Struggles versus Challenges:

A struggle is a burden.
A challenge is an opportunity.

A struggle is, "I can't wait for this to be done."
A challenge is, "I can't wait to see where this goes."

A struggle is being in one place, but needing to be in another.
A challenge is fully being where you are, not needing to be anywhere else.

A struggle is, "How can I get out?"
A challenge is, "What more can I give?"

A struggle is resistance.
A challenge is acceptance.

Think about something important to you that you're working on improving. A relationship, a project, a goal.

Now think about the energy around the thing you picked. Are you in a struggle? Or are you in a challenge?

On the surface a struggle and a challenge look like the same thing. They are both tough. The biggest difference though is the energy around them. Plain and simple, a struggle is a challenge that is filled with resistance.

Is there something in your life that you're struggling with? Could that struggle be turned into a challenge? 

You can do it!  And JIU is here to support you through the CHALLENGE.