Quotes for
the Journey:

Challenges



You have to meet all of the
challenges, big and small.  Because
how you start is how you finish.

Bernie Mac

   

The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming.  You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.      -Jim Rohn

   
Only as a warrior can one withstand the path of knowledge.  Warriors cannot complain or regret anything.  Their lives are an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad.  Challenges are simply challenges.       -Carlos Castaneda
   
Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.      -Joshua J. Marine
   

If we do not rise to the challenge of our unique capacity to shape our lives, to seek the kinds of growth that we find individually fulfilling, then we can have no security:  we will live in a world of sham, in which our selves are determined by the will of others, in which we will be constantly buffeted and increasingly isolated by the changes round us.      -Nena O'Neil

   

To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way.  You can't accept just the ones you like.      -Mike Gafka

    

Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.       -William Bennett

  
Sometimes the darkest challenges, the most difficult lessons, hold the greatest gems of light.     -Barbara Marciniak, Family of Light

  

There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.      -William Frederick Halsy, Jr.

   
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are.      -Bernice Johnson Reagon
   

There is no Challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself.      -Michael F. Staley

   

Above all, challenge yourself.  You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.      -Cecile M. Springer

   
Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth.   Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.     -Noela Evans
   

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out; that's when I've really learned.       -Carol Burnett

   

Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.       -George S. Patton

  

The ultimate measure of a person is not where he or she stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he or she stands at times of challenge and controversy.       -Martin Luther King, Jr.

   

As we rise to meet the challenges that are a natural part of living, we awaken to our many undiscovered gifts, to our inner power and our purpose.      -Susan L. Taylor

   

Itís been a tough year. . . Someone said I should send out Buddhist thank-you cards since Buddhists believe that anything that challenges you makes you pull yourself together.      -Robin Williams

   

Every result you get in your life is the combination of the challenge you receive from the reality around you and your capacity to respond to that challenge.       -Fred Kofman

   
Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.  They're what makes the instrument stretch--what makes you go beyond the norm.      -unattributed
   

I've often thought that when something is hard for you, whether it's going to law school or anything else that challenges you, that's probably what you should do.      -Hillary Rodham Clinton

     

Opposition is a natural part of life.  Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition--such as lifting weights--we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.      -Stephen R Covey
    

Face a challenge and find joy in the capacity to meet it.      -Ayn Rand

    
Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.       -Joseph Campbell
   
Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they're supposed to help you discover who you are.      -Bernice Johnson
    
There are no laurels in life. . . just new challenges.      -Katharine Hepburn
   

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.       -Arnold Palmer

   

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.       -Epicurus

   

   
It was one of those events which at a crucial stage in one's development arrive to challenge and stretch one to the limit of one's ability and beyond, so that thereafter one has a new standard by which to judge oneself.     -Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day
  
Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times--although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them.  The best moments usually occur when a personís body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile.  Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen.  For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his or her own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage.  For each person there are thousands of opportunities, challenges to expand ourselves.     -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  
To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible.  If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant.  What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.     -the Dalai Lama
  
  
If we are not allowed to deal with small problems, we will be destroyed by slightly larger ones.  When we come to understand this, we live our lives not avoiding problems, but welcoming them them as challenges that will strengthen us so that we can be victorious in the future.     -Jim Stovall, The Ultimate Gift
  
The brick walls are there for a reason.  The brick walls are not there to keep us out.  The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.  Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who donít want it badly enough.  Theyíre there to stop the other people.     -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
  
Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you.  Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.  When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.     -Helen Keller
  
We all have our limitations. Some of them are visible, while others are not. As we go about everyday life and interact with people, we are not aware of their health problems that limit activity. Some people have accepted and adapted to their limitations, while others have not.

Too many times our limitations keep us from doing activities we once enjoyed and are capable of enjoying again. We are resistant to change. We donít want people to see us with limitations. We are embarrassed by our handicaps. We decide that we will give up.

We need to change our views of what is possible. If we modify the activity, it may be possible to once again enjoy life. There is much more that we can do if only we try. We might have to relearn it or use a new piece of equipment, but joy can return.

As we make progress in adapting to our limitations in one component of our lives, it is easier to adapt in other components as well. For example, I had to learn how to drive my van with hand controls, since my feet are paralyzed. I trained my hands and arms how to use the new controls to accelerate and brake. Other modified activities that were introduced to me, such as snow skiing, were easier for me to learn because I was more willing to take a risk and accept my limitations. I have also resumed: biking, tennis, golf, racquetball, ice skating, and horse back riding. Adaptive equipment makes these sports fit my lifestyle.

My message to you is look at your life. Look at the challenges and the troubles that youíve got, and realize that youíve got to adapt. Youíve got to look at yourself and your situation a little differently. It may not be over. It may be just beginning.

Rosemarie Rossetti
  
When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.     -Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
  
Life is made up of a series of challenges designed to bring us to fullness of growth.  Meeting them with hope in the future is the real test of the spiritual person.     -Joan Chittister
  
The key to life is accepting challenges.  Once someone stops doing this, that person is dead.     -Bette Davis
  
Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread.  It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.     -Wendell Berry
  

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