Posted by: amylamb | February 20, 2012

Choosing the Challenge

The easy way out leads to the land of mediocrity.

Every day, we are faced with a choice: the challenge or the cop-out. Let’s face it: most of us choose the cop-out without realizing we’re doing it. It’s usually disguised in a pre-established method, instinctual approach or even behind the facade of “this is how we do it around here.” Dare I say, some may even call it “efficiency.”

Granted, the easy way out achieves the normalized results we typically seek. But when we take the easy way out, we desensitize our intuition and lock away our creativity. We sacrifice the very parts of us that make our work worthwhile.

Perhaps a precedent does not exist for the method that will propel your project into previously uncharted success. Maybe it’s not the most efficient way to do it, but there’s only one way to find out if it’s the most effective. Growth is inevitable when we’re in way over our heads.

Whatever you’re working on today, take the risk of choosing the path of most resistance. You will be ridiculed for doing the unnecessary. You will be unsettled, at times, by the tide of the resistance. But you will also be awakened to see the true nature of things when you seek them for what they truly are.

Let the challenge stir up the depths of your creativity to unleash the momentum you need to go where you haven’t been before. Somewhere along the way of the road less traveled by, you’ll encounter the undefiled beauty of the unknown and the indescribable reward to which it leads.

When you’re faced with the choice between the challenge and the cop-out, don’t forget that it’s the crazy ones who change the world.

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