How To Transform “Challenges” Into Power

Think back to the last time you were experiencing a challenge in your life…

How did you manage it?  What did you do?  What did you tell yourself about your situation? Did you come out on the other side more aware, empowered, and ready to keep growing?  Or did you limit your power and stifle your growth by blaming others and wallowing in self pity?

Times of challenge are really life’s way of “testing” us to help us grow and evolve to the next level of our own development.  Challenges are also meant to wake us up and teach us what we need to learn the most.  And it’s SO important to really understand how to handle life’s challenges so we don’t get stuck repeating the same mistakes over and over again!

In the video below, I share with you a little bit about my personal challenges over the last few weeks, what I’ve learned from them, and how YOU can use your next “challenge” as a catalyst for empowerment, freedom, and unbelievable opportunity:

So what challenges have you experienced that have impacted your life?  What did you learn from them?  Please share your thoughts, comments, or feedback down below.  I’d love to get an empowering discussion going, so all comments are much appreciated!

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Shannon Tecson July 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Aloha Katie!
I was just commenting on the same topic regarding life’s challenges and if we would “fast-forward” through it all.
I always remind myself of the quote from Norman Vincent Peale “Don’t you think life would be better if we had fewer problems?” Norman’s reply would be “I’ll be happy to take you to Woodlawn Cemetery because the only people I know who don’t have any problems are dead.”
I believe coming through some of life’s personal challenges shape us to become better. To make better decisions next time with greater clarity and wisdom. So the next time, we pass with flying colors!
In some chapters of my life, some paragraphs were extremely dark and painful and probably in those times I would’ve chosen to “fast-forward” the pages. And then I thought about “what if I pressed the fast forward button to the place where I’ve arrived?” And I honestly thought to myself “how boring that would be.” Seriously, we all dream of “arriving” but then again, that would take away all the pleasure, and experience of overcoming obstacles, climbing “our” mountain and showing up to the “winner’s circle” with a blanket of flowers on my back! I’ve learned that we have one life. And in this one life, we can achieve anything we want for the thrill, fun, and experience of it. I’ve learned to enjoy each and every moment. Okay, some moments are not that great, but when that too shall pass, it’s an awesome feeling to look back to know that I have either learned from those lessons or gained insightful wisdom to use the next time around with greater clarity. Life IS fun! And when I look at it this through this perspective, I realize that there is only good all the way around!
Great post Katie!

Your sister in self-mastery,
Shannon
.-= Shannon Tecson´s last blog ..YOU Can Be a Generational Blessing =-.

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Prem July 6, 2010 at 3:44 am

Life is a challenge , there is no Option… we need to face it and the right word is to Overcome !! “Life or Challenge” Either of it.. is true. The Later may be Temporary but the former would be Permanent… for Eternity!! Every one has faced a different one!! For Challenges Teach you to focus.. and the Focus be on the one who delivers with helping hands to share the “blessings”!
And we share it all the more with each other… For ever !!
God Bless You !!

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Elliott July 6, 2010 at 9:47 am

Welcome back, So Glad to hear your are feeling better!

Elliott
.-= Elliott´s last blog ..Keywords are an integral part of how you Make Money Online Fast in your network marketing home based business =-.

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Sallie Greenleaf July 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Hi Katie,
So glad you shared the point that so often there is a correlation between the challenges themselves. I too have learned to reason from cause to effect. Things often come in 3′s also because otherwise we would not pay any attention to it. Or at least not enough attention.
At a seminar I took part of once the lecturer told us that in advertising people need to see it 3 times before it has impact, before we will take notice. (Someone has been studying human behavior, lol.)
We must “look” for the commonality in the challenges to see what needs to be adjusted and move past it.
There are times when stuff just happens also. Even still we can grow and learn through the situation.

Live to Serve,
Sallie Greenleaf

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Marty July 6, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Hi Katie
Thanks so much for sharing this insight with us!
I always love visiting your Blog.
I have been a single father for many years now. I have a 3.5 year old daughter. I live hudreds of miles away from my relatives.
I changed my whole career path and studied hard for years so I could work from home and spend more time with my daughter.
Yes, I finaly got there! WHOOOOO
So happy.
I found that by removing the negative thoughts, impacts and asscociates i could really succeed with my dream
Marty Ware
The SEO DAD
.-= Marty´s last blog ..seo expert advice =-.

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Gabriel July 8, 2010 at 1:19 am

Katie! First off, I’m glad you’re fine and I’m sorry you had to go through those rough times, but like you said (more or less) those moments should be reflected upon and accepted. I have a story to share with you and anyone else who would like to read it:

Once upon a time … Wait, maybe that’s a little bit too much. Let’s start again (True story) …

Big Red

She was beautiful and all I could think about. I had finally found the car that I had wanted for a long, long time. I had no idea how I was going to get her. All I knew was that I wanted her and that I was going to get her no matter what. It was a Red 1999 Chevy Camaro SS (Nothing too fancy, but to me it was a dream come true). She had everything I wanted and then some (all that and a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos!). So I found her on autotrader and yada, yada, yada, I got a great deal and before I knew it the transport truck was pulling up to deliver my beauty. I was happy beyond words. I decided to name her (silly, I know) Big Red. Well, I fueled her up with the best fuel and changed the oil (full synthetic) often. I washed and waxed her at least once a month. In short, I was obsessed with my new found love, Big Red. I would get up in the middle of the night to see if anyone was outside trying to tamper in any way, shape or form with her. I would park far away so as to avoid dents and such. I would park where there was shade and I never drove in adverse weather. And I worried about her ALL the time.

One day everything changed. It was a terrible experience. I was driving home from work and had to take a short cut since there was construction going on that day on my regular route. So I was waiting behind a car at a stop sign when all of a sudden I get a terrible feeling at the pit of my stomach. To my left a large pickup truck was pulling out of it’s drive way. And it was heading straight for the passenger side of Big Red. I quickly pushed on my horn button, but no sound came out. I closed my eyes and then … BAM!! He put a hole in that door and dented the rear fender. I was furious!!! To make a long story I didn’t drive her for three months. That’s how long it took for the insurance to go through and the body shop to patch her up. At first I was upset beyond words. Then I realized I did it to myself. I had caused the situation because of my fear and obsession. It’s a lesson to everyone.

I still have my car and the years have taken their toll on good ol’ Big Red. Looking back I am grateful for the experience. I became obsessed with an object, a physical object. I worried myself sick wondering if my car would be ok. It was just a car. And the car (and my ego) was put in it’s place. When I think of the things that are really important my car pales in comparison. Family, friends, it’s the people in our lives that we care about that are really important, not material things. I’m grateful the lesson was not a harsher one. Anyhow, I bet if you think about this story a bit more you’ll find more lessons in there somewhere.

The End

By the way, thanks for sharing your story, Katie. I would have been sad if anything really, really crazy would have happened to you. You have a kind and positive nature about you. And not to mention beautiful eyes and you’re … uh oh. I think I have a crush *blushing*. Have a great day, Katie. (o:

Gabe

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Curt Bizelli July 8, 2010 at 6:35 am

Hi Katie, I’ve really seen you grow over the past 1 1/2 year and I can see why. You’re learning 365, soaking it all up, doing the “right things” … God Bless You Girl!
- Curt
.-= Curt Bizelli ´s last blog ..Promoted Trending Twitter Topics – Did You Lose Some Power Over What is Trending in Social Media Who Calls the Last Shots =-.

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Wendy Hewlett July 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I was wondering where you went? I’m happy to hear that you are healing and feeling better. Personally, I believe that the challenges we face in life make us stronger provided they are dealt with in a healthy and positive manner. I keep telling myself that God must want me to be a very strong person – lol.
I’ve been through a lot of challenges in the past 6 years. I was on and off work a lot due to 3 back surgeries in the past 5 years. I went off work again last July with severe back pain again and abdominal pain with it. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was having severe galbladder attacks. I had galbladder surgery in September 2009 and went back to work on October 13, 2009, only to be told that I was being permanently laid off due to downsizing and restructuring after 13 years of service. I knew layoffs were coming, but I really didn’t expect to be one of the ones laid off. I worked harder than most of my peers and did a better job (no disrespect meant to my former peers). But, when you look at the time I had been off for surgeries, I can see why I was targeted.
Instead of being upset about the lay off, I looked at it as a blessing. I figured if my boss didn’t appreciate the effort that I put in to my job, then he didn’t deserve to have me :)
I still suffer from severe chronic low back pain, so I was interested in finding a way to work from home. At first I was looking into computer programming and computer repair. Then I was introduced to a product that has made a huge difference in my quality of life. That product led me to network marketing and the rest is history. If I hadn’t had the health issues that I have, I probably wouldn’t have been introduced to that product or opportunity.
The lesson for me was that I wasn’t meant to be working for that company. I was being given signs that I was going down the wrong path since 2004 – it just took me a long time to figure the message out.
Now I am much more aware of the messages coming to me, I’m stronger as a result of the challenges I’ve faced, and I’m much happier not having to deal with the negative influences of the job that I was in.
Thanks for sharing your challenges with us Katie and demonstrating that the best way to deal with them is head on,learn from them, and grow from them.

Wendy Hewlett
.-= Wendy Hewlett´s last blog ..Napoleon Hill Wants To Be Your Mentor =-.

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Karen Marrow July 9, 2010 at 6:17 am

Hi Katie,

Thanks for this great video and advice. I totally agree that when something happens in our life, we can perpetuate it by our resistance to it-talking about how bad it is over and over again to other people. I see this every day.

I have learned to do what you suggest, to bring up the emotions and let them go as soon as possible.

Like you said, our resistance is what causes us more pain, so by letting it just be there, we shed our light on it and it dissolves.

Always enjoy your content. Have a blessed and prosperous day, Katie!!!

Karen
.-= Karen Marrow´s last blog ..How To Market On Twitter-Top 10 Tips From Jonathan Budd =-.

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Baker July 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

Hello everyone,
My name is Baker. It is great to meet all of you. I am now following Katie on Twitter. I have a personal development blog where I write about my personal life philosophies and uplifting the consiousness of the planet during this shift in energy that is happening currently. I enjoy blogging and have a passion for expanding and blowing minds away. :)
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Justin Glover July 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Excellent points here Katie!

There are two sides to every coin and two ways to look at every situation…

Thanks for sharing!

Justin
.-= Justin Glover´s last blog ..Article The Importance Of Driving Traffic =-.

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Ryan Biddulph July 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Hi Katie,

I am happy to hear that everything is OK with you. Nothing is more important than your health!

I like how you laid out the process of transforming challenges into power in step by step fashion. Accepting what happens and owning the feelings are the vital steps toward healing. Until you own the situation you can’t release it.

I’ve had some interesting business and personal situations over the past few years. Each has taught me to experience the uncomfortable feelings associated with the challenge so that I could move on to find the seed of equivalent benefit.

As you noted if one doesn’t accept and find the benefit of a tough situation they are sure to receive another lesson from the universe, rather quickly ;)

Thanks for sharing your insight.

Ryan Biddulph
.-= Ryan Biddulph´s last blog ..God Whispers Silent Counsel To All – Listen =-.

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Jon Alfredsson July 12, 2010 at 12:18 am

Hi katie, nice post. Thanks for this very valuable post that you shared with us. I really do learn from each of your posts. Got so many challenges in my life, family and being as an internet marketer. These challenges helped me grow maturely inside and out. Challenges are part of our life that we need to grow with. It is something that could help us learn more. Thanks for the positive thoughts with us.
.-= Jon Alfredsson´s last blog ..Blogging For Beginners – Initial Tips On How To Blog =-.

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Gerald Gigerl July 13, 2010 at 3:08 am

this video just cleared my mindset that challenges are here to learn from them!!

i experienced pretty bad things in my past, about 2 years ago that are catching me right now! its not easy at all to deal with it, but they are here to find a solution to act properly and make out the best of my mistakes!!!

this post really helped me get back on track! thank you so much!!
.-= Gerald Gigerl´s last blog ..Phone Your Blog =-.

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Jeanette July 14, 2010 at 12:24 am

O my god! Thank you so much for sharing this! I love the topic and I think it is important to talk about it, because it is so easy to forget and only see challenges as challenges and give up! And what a wonderful mind you have! You have a winning mind so keep on rocking and take good care of yourself! You are helping me and so many other people! Thank you so much! Enjoy your next yoga!:)
Jeanette

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Celeste July 14, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Hi, Katie!

I just wanted to tell you that I love your site! You’ve become my “blogging idol” – I love what you write and talk about and am working my way to helping people the way you do (though I have a long way to go as I have just started blogging – or learning about blogs – this last November). Take care and thanks for all the great info!

Celeste

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Bryan Scolaro July 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Looks like I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to take a minute and say thanks for the great lesson.

Bryan
.-= Bryan Scolaro´s last blog ..How Do I Get Started =-.

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Brenda Freeman July 18, 2010 at 12:17 am

This is the first time I have been on your site Katie, and I would just like to say I really enjoyed this post and video. Especially the points you outlined in transforming your challenges into power. Thanks again and i will be back.
.-= Brenda Freeman´s last blog ..Simple Steps to a Fulfilling Relationship =-.

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Sukie Baxter July 19, 2010 at 1:59 am

Nice to see your shining face and so glad you are okay after your car accident! Challenges are, indeed, a fact of life. I once heard a successful entrepreneur say that instead of asking “why,” we must learn to ask “what do I do now?” Let go of the why and figure out how to move forward with ease and grace, as you so beautifully did for yourself!
.-= Sukie Baxter´s last blog ..How to dig deep and figure out what you REALLY want in life =-.

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TJ Chambers July 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Hi Katie. Glad everything is ok. Be careful of the sunblock you use, some have ingredients that are known to cause skin cancer.

Problems are opportunities for you to conquer. Thats I how look at them also. Learn and get beyond and grow.
.-= TJ Chambers´s last blog ..Jul 14- Network Marketing Consultant for MLM Help =-.

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Rick Waypoint July 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hi Katie

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What’s described in there may have something to do with your car crash, flu and minor case of skin cancer.

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The stronger, more intelligent groups are always going to fight with us, use this.

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Rick Waypoint December 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Hi Katie

Just an update. Let me know if you need anything. You can contact me at rickwaypoint@yahoo.com.

We now have more evidence that we can use against those described here:

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So just let me know if you need anything since I can generate so much more noise than what I already am and they know how it damages them.

With all the evidence that we’ve acquired we can now defend and attack whenever we want. They can’t even fight against what we’re saying since it then says that they have such shame factors on them and they don’t want to do that. If they just agitate us we can cause serious damage so let me know if you need anything else.

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Linda G. Cox August 31, 2010 at 6:46 am

Katie~
You said one of my favorite quotes: “A situation will be presented in many forms until it is learned”! I have learned this lesson too! I teach it to my children regularly! I tell them when they overcome a situation, I know God is looking down on them and saying, “You’ve done a good job!” then it will be in short order, another challenge and and I tell them it’s like God saying “Now what about this?” and the same type of learning will be presentented in a different form. It is the stuff life is made of!

You say it so beautifully in your movies! I am grateful that you set the example of how to share these lessons with the world!
~Linda
Linda G. Cox´s last blog post ..Multiple Sclerosis- It’s All In Your Mind

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Livia Taravella September 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

Katie…I love your insights…
This is great info!

Livia

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Luis September 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Hi Katie,

What can I said is amazing what we can learn from you
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Carlos M. October 4, 2010 at 10:37 pm

this is awesome Katie.
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Kelvin Treichler October 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I truly appreciate this post. We need a lot more people today like you bringing value to the community. Can I put this post on my blog? I’d give you credit and link back of course.

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Elena Forbes November 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

Thank you for sharing! Challenges and set backs are definitely experiences in which you can grow from and make you stronger. Your mindset (why is this happening to me again) of the immediate challenge or setback really shapes how you emerge from that experience.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your posts and content matter. It really is of great value to all.

Elena

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Jenn December 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thank you for sharing Katie! I have been sick with WNV- West Nile Virus for 3.5 years now and there have been many lessons learned. To listen to my body and do what it is telling me before it crashes. There was a period where I went through the same cycle until I finally listened, learned, and took action.
Happy New Year to you!
Jenn´s last blog post ..Revelations of Transformation and Business

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