Every day we are faced with challenges. Some of these challenges come upon us as a surprise, and others are foreseeable. Foreseeable challenges can cause much harm to us if we leave them unattended.

All sorts of challenges are necessary. They promote growth and improve our problem-solving skills. This fact should not encourage us to take challenges lightly. We must carefully weigh each challenge and deal with it on its merit to avoid problems in the future.

Every challenge presents itself as an inconvenience. A person faced with a challenge must take time to formulate a strategy to tackle it. Some challenges come as a surprise and give us little time to study them. In such cases, we have to think on our feet. This is a skill we must develop.

Running presents a host of challenges for anyone. The great thing about this is that we can train ourselves repeatedly until we can overcome all the obstacles in our path. I am going to talk about ways we can use to overcome any challenge.

Expect Opposition and Welcome it

Someone I don’t know said, “Attitude determines your altitude.” My understand of this statement is that one must have a certain attitude to advance in whatever they are trying to achieve. When faced with a challenge or a problem, it is essential not to look at it as the end of the road, without first understanding it. Acknowledge that a problem has occurred. Accept the reality of the problem, then you will be able to deal with it.

Some problems affect our physical well-being and some affect our mental and emotional well-being. Some problems affect our finances. Whatever the nature of a problem, always have hope that you can find a way around it. When I say keep hoping for a way around it, I am not suggesting that you should undermine the problem. You should, in a way try to find balance between optimism and pessimism. While you expect the worst, hope for the best.

When dealing with difficult situations it is no use to approach it with a defeated state of mind. You can’t expect to pass an exam when you don’t believe you’ll pass. You can start a business when you don’t believe you’ll make profit and you can’t successfully start a running program when you don’t believe that you will reach the finish line.

Do Not Go It Alone

Animals understand that there is strength and greater advantage in numbers, except when you are a hyena. A single lion can ambush and catch an antelope. Such a small meal cannot service the needs of a large pride. To ensure survival, the lions must work together. Together they can take down a buffalo who has strayed from the herd. Working together means they can acquire a big meal that is enough for everyone. Also maintaining large numbers, most of the time, keeps the hyenas at bay during a meal.

It is important that when you are faced with a certain problem, you don’t try to handle it by yourself. Ask for help. Find a support group. As a Christian I have learned that you cannot walk alone, you need others of like mind. The Christian life is not easy. Like a marathon, it is infested with countless problems. Only with the help of those around you, who are going through the same or have overcome the same problems, will you be able to pull through.

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend. She shared with me the value of having a running partner. She made me understand that a running partner will always hold you accountable and keep you motivated. Though I don’t have a running partner myself, I recommend one for those who struggle with getting started or with maintaining a running schedule.

I do not have a running partner but I do not run completely alone. I have a virtual coach. I get tips and instructions as I run. I also get running stats as I am running so I can know how I am doing and get to make informed decision to improve the current session.

Take A Step Back

Sometimes you need to take a step back and look at the problem from a distance. Take a game of chess for example. I learned to play chess in 2012, I played against my computer. Sometimes when I got stuck, I took a step back, rotate the board and look at it from different view point to gain perspective.

You would benefit a lot if you would give yourself sometime to rest and take your mind off a given problem. Get some fresh air and then come back to work on it again. You would notice that your mind would work efficiently after a few minutes of rest.

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