There are so many different ways of defining the real meaning and purpose of life. One way of defining it accurately is by acknowledging the real challenges of life and accepting them fully. Now, why is it important to understand that life is a series of challenges? Why is it important to look at life as one great challenge?
The reason why we need to look at life as a challenge is it helps us to put things in the right perspective. When we forget to acknowledge the sheer amount of effort it takes to achieve anything, we will be forgetting the challenges that we need to face ahead of us. By fully accepting that life is, was and always will be a challenge, we will be ready for what has to come.
The single biggest mistake we can make when pursuing a great dream is to be complacent. Complacency is a natural phenomenon. We are not naturally designed to constantly keep fighting the battles of the mind. Human beings are designed to explore, experience, and enjoy life and when we are tired we simply rest. The mind and body are designed to exert themselves only in short bursts. Rest is what our mind and body crave for.
Since rest is the natural desire of the mind and the body, it is extremely easy to find certain comfort zones and settle into them. When we get into our comfort zones we forget the challenges ahead and become complacent. Complacency is the killer of all great dreams. Greatness is simply a quality of constantly fighting the complacency of the mind and the body.
Now, you will be able to put things in perspective. When you look at life as one big challenge, you will know instinctively when you are becoming too relaxed and complacent. The idea of challenge will help you to constantly look for problems to solve. Life is a long exercise in problem solving. As long as we are solving our problems, we will be moving forward. The moment we stop looking for, or stop solving problems actively, we lose the knack of dealing with situations.
Let us fight this natural instinct to relax rest and be complacent. There is a lot of difference between positive relaxation to keep the mind calm and being idle. We should never mistake relaxation for idleness. When relaxation is chosen with full consciousness and awareness for short periods of time, it is good. The same relaxation when it becomes a means for laziness and idleness, it has to be fought.
Whether we accept it or not, the fact remains unchanged. Life is a series of challenges. The one who has understood this knows that being in a state of problem solving mode is a very natural thing. By looking at life as one big challenge, you are setting yourself up for a great adventurous journey of solving problems, and making your life and the lives of people around you better.