“That which does not kill us makes us stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche
The human body serves as the perfect metaphor for understanding the importance of a challenge for the simple reason that the body is built to adapt and respond to demands that are placed upon it. The stronger the demand…the stronger the response.
Physical muscles continue to grow and strengthen through the Principle of Progressive Resistance.
This principle is based on the theory that muscles must be challenged in order to upgrade and grow and that they will progressively work to overcome a resistance force when required to do so.
The opposite is also true, as physical muscles will downgrade and weaken with the absence of a challenge.
As an example, if you simply lift the same amount of weight each time out, you keep your muscles in a comfort zone and don’t provide any resistance force for them to adapt and grow. Even worse, if you stop weight and resistance training altogether, all gains become losses as muscle without challenge reverts to fat.
The Principle of Progressive Resistance…operates the same way in every area of our lives, and that is why we all NEED to be challenged.
And not just physically challenged, we need intellectual, leadership, spiritual, relational, sales, and any type of performance challenge that stretches us to grow, forces us to overcome adversity, tests our character and commitment, and which inspires us to resist the gravitational pull of the comfort zone.
When will your finest hour come, and how will it arrive?…Do you really think it will materialize without a challenge, without being pushed to your limits, without perseverance being tested, without being tormented and put through your own personal hell?
In short, for an individual, team, company, community or country to become great, it requires that they look for and rise to the great challenges that are thrust upon them.
THERE IS NO OTHER WAY and that is why you’re absolutely going to love the 100 Day Challenge!