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CHALLENGE INVITES CHANGE

Do you know what it means to be the Subjugator of Change? It means to enslave and dominate change. If you want your external circumstances to change, you'd better change the internal dynamics. You'd better change internally if your goal is to change yourself or anything around you.

I wanted to leave you with a challenge today. All of us have a job, circumstances, relationships, responsibilities, etc. In all those things, there will be challenges and I like to create those challenges as opposed to becoming victim to them. Whether you're in sales, a doctor, lawyer, or whatever career you're in, you will always get challenges presented to you. We get challenged by other people all the time and we either rise to that challenge, meet it, and then overcome, or we don't. There is no try. The word "try" doesn't even appear in most languages. Just decide to face the challenge or don't.

I'm in sales, so if I make 50 phone calls a day, let's see what happens if I make 100 calls. Let's challenge the norm. Get the numbers. Don't stop until you're done and go, "Hmm." I'm telling you, you'll create such a more valuable perspective of yourself. The activity will build you up, build your faith. I did it. I've talked on that before—the activity is the food for faith. It's a big, fat, yummy sandwich for faith. Faith gets to eat the activity. That's what it craves.

So that's my thought for you today—Challenge yourself. You will be amazed at what will happen inside you when you meet and exceed those challenges. When you do that on a daily basis, and you are constantly after the next challenge and upping the game, it'll amaze you what will happen inside and around you. I don't care if you're a stay-at-home mom, and you say, "Man, I just feel overwhelmed." I don't care if you're a stay-at-home dad, and you say, "I feel overwhelmed. I got two kids. I got to get them here. I got to do this. I got to do that." Sit down and challenge yourself to break the schedule down and challenge yourself to get two hours in that day for just you-time. Imagine what a whole week would look like where you could flip the script on being limited by, "No, that's impossible. I've got to do this and this and this and this."

Challenge yourself. Put a schedule together. See how fast you can get done what you need to get done so that there's you-time in there. When you're the stay-at-home mom or dad and you start breaking your day down like that and you start challenging yourself to get things done faster, more efficient, to spend more one-on-one time with your children, to spend more time developing yourself, and more you-time instead of always being frazzled and out there, it changes everything. When you do that, you'll start hearing others say, "God, you have such good kids. You're so lucky." Kim and I have heard it for years. "Oh, you're so lucky. Man, they're so well-behaved. So lucky, man, how did you get that lucky?" Then they'll say, "God, how do you handle so much?" You'll know it has nothing to do with luck but in your willingness to challenge yourself.

People just chalk it up to, "Oh, you just have an easy life. You don't ever have any problems." Internally I just say, "You have no idea. You have no idea the field I plowed and planted and tended and cared for. You have no idea." So you just take the comment. People see me in business and say, "You know, I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I want to be a business owner. I want to be the CEO of a company." I just laugh, internally. My inner dialogue is saying, "No, you don't. No, you don't. You don't know the road. You don't know the road I traveled to get to where I'm at." Of course, then they'll say, "Oh, God, you're so lucky, man. Your business is booming and you're making money. You’re so lucky." The funny thing is, I hear that word luck all the time. "It's so awesome, I'm so happy for you" some will say and some are genuine. Some are genuinely happy but most are just not willing to pay the price. I love the insight Andy Frisella gives when he says, “Instead of thinking how hard your journey is, think how great your story will be.” —that’s the concept. Challenge yourself. You'll be amazed at what happens.