Lead is a normally soft metal, yet when it is squeezed under enormous pressure, it becomes stronger.

Henry Kissinger said, “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.” He also reminded us that diamonds aren't made in a day.

Sometimes pressure is exerted externally, without our consent and that can feel difficult.

Like when a pandemic was forced on us and all the sudden we had pressures we hadn't seen coming and didn't ask for.

We are largely out of the pandemic and many people learned a lot of hard lessons through the pandemic.

I have observed that when people challenge themselves and don't wait for something externally to challenge them, they often get lots of benefits from their challenge.

Challenging yourself can increase self-esteem because you can learn to do something that you previously could not do.

Challenging yourself can increase your brain power. You may be able to grow new brain cells as you get out of your comfort zone. As your brain works a little harder and does not rely on rote memory, you may increase your cognitive abilities and become healthier.

Challenging yourself can lead to self-discovery and change your perspective.

Challenging yourself can give you a new reason to do life. It can create an excitement when things may have been a little routine.

When you take on a challenge with another person you can enrich and strengthen key relationships.

I challenge you to challenge yourself.

I can't wait to hear what you discover.