A kid on my son’s basketball team asked, “Why is it harder to succeed than to fail?” The answer seems obvious however the question is valid. Very few people set out to fail. This young man wants to succeed but he’s distracted by negative influences so he struggles to stay on track. He can choose to please the people around him in the short run or struggle to make choices that will lead to happiness in the long run.
His challenge is everyone’s challenge. How many people wish they could lose 10 lbs? How many people wish they had a better relationship? Success requires discipline, determination, perseverance, accountability, and focus. It’s hard to succeed but the reward is increased self-esteem, confidence, and joy. The struggle is what makes the accomplishment so great.
And, by the way, if you think you’ve found success without any challenges along the way, maybe, just maybe, you didn’t set the bar high enough.