Challenges are bound to surface from time to time. This is a characteristic feature of our existence and the ability to overcome challenges is a diagnostic feature of humans. Of course there are multifarious ways of overcoming challenges and we have in previous posts been following a trend of action as the fundamental way to overcome any kind of challenge. F4; a tested and trusted formula will round up the series.

            We have discussed what challenges are and why they come, identifying the source, putting our characters right as the only thing needed to change any situation. The following needs a bond to complete its structure and function. F4; Facts+Faith+Focus=Future.

We have discussed facts that is identifying the source of the problem and getting facts about it. Next to facts about our challenges is our faith. Faith drives out fear and gives focus that the challenges will only last a while. We should walk by faith and not by sight, “what our eyes can’t see, faith can see. See the future with faith and keep your sight on it.” The way we see the future of our challenges; either by faith or by sight becomes an antecedent to what it produces. We need to keep fuelling our faith over a challenge that we are capable of overcoming it with our character.

Beware of doubt!Image

Doubt is a poison; it kills the mind’s idea

Doubt brings fear, fear makes you see failure

Fear of failure makes you fail but…

FAITH gives you FOCUS and HOPE

Focus gives facts about the future

Facts give focus for the future

Your focus gives you faith to be fervid.

DISCLAIMER: We need to understand that neither faith nor hope is a strategy to overcome challenges but they are stiffeners that help bind our strategy (mainly our character) together.

The steps to overcome challenges from facts, to the strategy (character), faith and focus have to be in progress and good progression because the level of our faith tells the strength and durability of our character. Doubt needs to be eliminated in all our strategies and decisions to ace past our challenges.

The only way to get rid of doubt in our challenges was well thought of and supplied by W. Clement Stone; an author and positive mental attitude advocate when he asserts that you “keep your mind off the things you don’t want by keeping it on the things you do want.” We all do want to come out victorious from a problem and rejoice, so the best way to get going when facing challenges is to put our minds off the obstacles and keep seeing the reward thereafter. Faith in our strategies gives that stick-to-itiveness needed to overcome a challenge. KEEP THE FAITH, DON’T THROW IN THE TOWEL, THE CHALLENGE WILL SOON BE OVER.


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When faced with a challenge our character should be our primary concern and not the problem.Image Our character is the only one thing that matters when facing a challenge, all other things become irrelevant. The strength of our character determines the length of our challenges. If we keep concentrating on our problems and leave our character unchecked, our problems proliferate. Our character will develop an attitude that will determine the altitude we can go in facing our challenges. “A man’s character is his real self. The depth of the character of a man determines how far such can cope with life and how far he can go.”

          When a challenge arises to test our knowledge of how much we have learnt in life and to proceed to the next phase of it, it is our character that prompts our attitude to react towards the challenge. The attitude towards the challenge; whether positive or negative, determines the outcome of the test. There is a dichotomy between character and attitude. Characters are in-built and seldom change while attitude is determined by character and fluctuates frequently.

There is an unequivocal need for the acquisition of the skill, intellect and mind-set that will transit us from one level of life to another and until these attitudes are developed, we will see the stage of our transition as a problem which has come to crush and flush us lieu seeing it as a challenge, use the opportunities in it, overcome it and move on to the next phase. Every challenge is an opportunity for great minds. Great minds look for the opportunities and lessons in a challenge and not the silver linings.Image

          If our character is solid, we won’t have problems facing our challenges and it will be difficult for our problems to have us; making us at will dance to whatever tune they play. The only thing we have is our character, not our problems. Our characters remain but our problems become ephemeral by the virtue of our character. An American expert author on leadership and a life coach, John C. Maxwell understands that character is superior to challenges, problems or circumstances when he asserts that “while your circumstances are beyond your control, your character is not.” The point in this is that we don’t have control over our problems but over our character which have control over our problems. The only challenge we have is our character; character and attitude towards life. A wrong attitude supplied by a wrong character towards our challenges makes life awkward but there are some characters needed to tackle our challenges; these are character s characterized by creditable characteristics (C4).  Parts of these are faith, focus, facts, courage, grit etc.

          A tested character formulation designed as F4 to help in overcoming challenges will be introduced in our next post. We are looking forward to having you check back then.

We hope this helps you and don’t hesitate to drop your comments. They will be highly respected and considered.



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Apparatus to overcome challenges

Our post last week was about dissecting problems/challenges and we strongly believe that it has served as a foundation for us to see what we term problems look like.

This week’s post as promised will be on apparatus needed to dissect and overcome these problems. problems in the course of this post will be used inter-changeably with challenges because through them alone can we move to the next facets of our lives. A challenge is a better name to call our problems so far we have the understanding that they have come not to ruin us but to make us stronger and release the genius in us.

There are three apparatus/instruments we will point out today that will guide us to overcoming any challenge whenever they arrive.

Identifying, Character and Faith is all we need to overcome our challenges. In order to drive out the cogent points in each of this we will take these apparatus one after another.

The first thing one should do when faced by a challenge is to identify the root(s) of the challenge. There are different kinds of challenges.

If you can’t identify, you can’t nullify. There are various challenges on our ways but the ability to identify(know the source, root and type) of challenges they are gives us the equanimity to arrange them in order of exigency. There are short-term challenges and Long-term challenges.

Each of the type of challenge needs and requires different approaches. Short-term problems are problems that starts not long ago and you can point to when they started. This type of challenges require fast and quick approach in tackling them.

“If a problem doesn’t start from you or with you, it will be very impossible to solve the problem without studying the problem.” This is the case of long-term problems.We need to get down to the roots of our challenges to know where they started from and where to direct our vitality.Image

These challenges might be hereditary and you need to know their Modus Operandi before you can confront them.

Coaches don’t go into games without a concrete knowledge of their opponents, warriors don’t go into battles without knowing who there enemies are. If anyone likewise dares confront a challenge without a good knowledge of how it works and then device a strategy to combat it, such will fail woefully. If the identity of a challenge is not known one spends time doing the inconsequential and leaving the real challenge.

Imagine walking into a room with a mob of people and shouting ‘Hey!’, ‘You!’ i’m sure no one will respond because you have not addressed whom you desire to call by his/her name.

Don’t face a challenge you don’t know anything about. It will end up in a sham and just a chase of shadows. Know your challenges so that you can call them by name and send them packing.

The next apparatus is CHARACTER. After IDENTIFICATION, comes a very viable bulldozer of challenges; The Character. Character as to be used in overcoming challenges will be what we will examine in our next post. Make it a date with us.


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