Problem or Progress?

Life is full of problems. Won’t you agree? But people often take them as obstacles in their life rather than what they are: opportunities for growth. Nobody has ever progressed in life by staying exactly where they are. It’s always after a tough challenge or a setback that people have experienced personal and professional development, which is precisely what life is all about. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moment of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”

Anyone can stay within their comfort zone and live a life of ease, but that hardly brings satisfaction in life. Self-actualization begins when people take a leap of faith in their own abilities and work hard to prove to themselves that they are not less than others. Growth begins when one steps out of their comfort zone and strives to succeed or learn from their mistakes.


But the issue stands that it’s often hard to leave one’s safe space, where one feels protected and content. However, by challenging the boundaries that people have laid out for themselves, only then can they lay the foundation for future triumphs. Changing one’s perception is often enough to allow for a more optimistic outlook toward the future, that is calling obstacles a test rather than a crisis might make all the difference for someone who feels stuck, surrounded by issues.

So, it is up to people themselves to choose whether to live a life full of problems or a life of challenges that push them to grow and progress. Finally, I’ll leave you with some incredible advice given by Paulo Coelho, “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.”