5 Ways to Challenge Yourself
1. Know the power of words and choose them with precision.
“Rhetoric is the use of words to change the world.” -Michael Drout, A Way with Words, The Art of Rhetoric.
2. Examples of success and failure are instantly accessible on YouTube, watch them and be challenged and inspired.
“We are today a wired nation, eager and accustomed to instant information where visions of both success and setback in all areas of American life are available immediately online.” -Patricia Grace Smith, Rockets Are Dangerous, Aware of the Hazards.
3. Life is in front of you. Life is everywhere. Drink it in.
“I’m trying in all my stories to get the feeling of the actual life across—not to just depict life—or criticize it—but to actually make it alive.” -Ernest Hemingway
4. Be bold and be yourself. It’s OK to be sensitive to the needs of others but you must know your own feelings, beliefs and mission, otherwise you are pretty much just a wimp and no one will want to follow you. People can tell by your voice and your body language that you don’t know where you are going.
“To determine whether or not you have the ingredients to be charismatic, answer the following questions: What are your real feelings about who you are? What do you believe in? Do you have goals or a mission in life? Do you project optimism? Do others turn to you for leadership? Noncharismatic people spend their lives auditioning for others and hoping they’ll be accepted. Charismatic people don’t doubt their ability to add value to a situation, so they move forward with their mission.” -Roger Ailes, You Are the Message.
5. Take up the pen. Writing is therapeutic. It is good to get your problems onto paper where you can see them for what they really are. Expressing yourself is empowering. It gets rid of anxiety that accumulates when you do not get the opportunity to share how you really think and really feel.
“There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know until he takes up a pen to write.” -William Makepeace Thackeray
by Kevin Woolsey