One of the things I’ve noticed is that when ‘challenged’, most people tend to rise to the occasion. Have you noticed that too? Although they may grumble and struggle at first, or have some kind of initial ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ response, most people actually find a way to get the job done. And, once the task has been completed, the challenge overcome, any grumbling or fearful response is replaced by a feeling of excitement. Exhiliration! Glee! Because, of course, realizing that you ‘can do’ what you once ‘thought’ you couldn’t – changing your mind by changing what you do – is one of the best feelings there is. So, if you are a leader, or a coach, and you shy away from challenging people because you’re worried you’ll be burdening or stressing them, please think again. It’s your job to help people become the best that they can be. To grow so that they can reach their potential. And that means challenging them so that they have the opportunity to ‘rise’ to meet that challenge!

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