The “Challenging” Word by LK Tommi

How do you react when you hear the word challenge?  In life we are all on a journey, going from one place to the next while developing our personal selves. During some of our journeys we will experience different challenges or problems for us to solve before reaching our destination. This can be represented as a person driving a car and knowing which route to take to arrive at the destination. The driver experiences challenges or problems along the journey, these need to be solved so the car and person can reach its destination. Here are three scenarios that contain a challenge or problem, a solution, with the end result of finding success.

The first scenario starts with you driving your car on a straight road and the car approaches a speed bump (small challenge or problem). You need to SLOW the car down to safely navigate the speed bump. Once the car has gone SLOWLY over the speed bump (challenge/problem) you can GO on with your journey and arrive at your destination safely. Success.

The second scenario starts with you driving your car on a straight road and the car gets a flat tyre (medium challenge or problem). This can be an easy challenge or problem if you know how to fix or change the tyre. Unlike the speed bump that had us SLOW down to give you time to decide and solve the problem, this time you need to STOP. Once you are STOPPED, you can fix the tyre. If you don’t know how, you need to SLOWLY think who you can ask or call (family or friends) to help you solve the problem of fixing the tyre. When the tyre is fixed, you can GO on your way again. Success.

The third scenario has you driving a car and you come across an intersection (challenge or problem) with three roads heading in three different directions. The first road is straight with no challenges or problems and you are able to easily GO to your destination. The second road contains challenges or problems but when you ask for help from your family and friends you can SLOWLY solve the challenges or problems and GO on your way to your destination. The third road is the one you don’t know what to expect. You need to STOP and connect with what you are thinking and feeling. You must ask yourself what you’re thinking and feelings are telling you. Success.

Once you understand, you can SLOWLY choose any road knowing no matter what challenges or problems lay ahead you are able to solve them. You turn your car onto the next road and GO to your destination. Success.

Here is an activity if you would like to discover the word “Challenge” more for yourself.

Over the years, I have discovered the formula to teach people how to love and truly embrace the word “Challenge”.  It is music to my ears when young people ring me up and say I have just had the most experience as I was challenged, and this is what I did and this is what I learnt. This is the true essence of the word “challenge”.  Are you curious about the word “Challenge”?


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LK Tommi

LK Tommi helps children and families to cope with negative life experiences by teaching resilience skills.

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