Challenge and Initiative

February 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The word challenge is used a lot. We hear everyday about various challenges individuals, groups, communities and the greater global village has. Sometimes this word is interchangeable, some may use issues, problems or difficulty instead. Each word can evoke both similar and very dissimilar responses, such is the power of language and the thoughts, words and actions that it can bring on.

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional” -Roger Crawford

Many times the degrees of hope or hopelessness associated with ‘challenge’ can be witnessed through the empowerment or lack of action of who is affected. This can be influenced by the patterns of learnt/past experiences or attitudes overtaking the ability to face up to what’s in front of us and our connection to self and others, networks of supportive and inspiring individuals and groups. The initiative we show, that personal responsibility for decisions that drive action, creatively persevering through both successes and challenges, impacts the outcome that is achieved.

“Take stands, take risks, take responsibility” -Muriel Siebert

I have always loved facilitating challenge initiatives for participants of camp or in-school programs. Each group will explore, discover and act in different ways, providing a chance to reflect on the thoughts, words and actions of those individuals, processing where they’re at, evaluating the positive or negative consequences to the group’s success and examining more effective ways of achieving the results or goals that are being strived for. It is a learning journey that we are all on, our ability to grow our awareness and appreciation for the difference we are all able to make is ultimately up to us, through the courage to show up, use initiative and be responsible for the choices we make.

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved” -William Jennings Bryan

The students I worked with yesterday, just like all the participants I have worked with over the years, inspire me to seek new and innovative challenges to provide within our programs. The enthusiasm, energy, curiosity, team work, problem solving, communication and the list could go on, that is required throughout the experiences provides valuable opportunities for individuals to experiment and experience the quote below:

“Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts” -Winston Churchill

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