There's a certain beauty to the struggle.
The challenges in life are what provide the stimulus to grow.
And just as you wouldn't expect a tree that's only one year old to withstand a hurricane, it takes time and life experience to grow your roots and develop the strength to be able to withstand the forces of the hurricanes of life. We live in a culture that's always looking to move faster, get rich quicker, and take whatever shortcuts are available to the top. Forgetting that the journey IS the destination: what you face along the path is what gives meaning to the end result. That being said, you don't have to face it all alone. A new tree has the protection of the forest to buffer some of the harshness until it grows strong enough to be that source of protection for others. Every hero needs a guide. No one and no thing can do the work for you, but trying to take on everything by yourself will stunt your growth at best and is a suicide mission at worst. I've had to learn this the hard way. And even though the many years I spent trying to do everything myself provided me with the resistance to grow into who I am today, I realize that I could have prevented a lot of pain and suffering and setbacks if I would have only sought after and asked for help when I needed it. I was so stuck on trying to figure out HOW that I never thought to ask WHO. This was the question that changed my life: Instead of asking HOW to do something, ask WHO is already doing it (or has at least mastered some aspect) that can teach you the HOW. Once I started asking this question everything became so much simpler. That doesn't mean it got easier, but at least I knew what needed to be done to continue to grow and move forward. So my invitation for you is to look at your life and see what areas you're experiencing the most challenges in. An easy exercise you can do to figure this is out is to rate yourself from 1-10 in each of the following areas (1 being not great and 10 being great): Health - Career - Finances - Relationships - Time Management - Once you see where the biggest discrepancy is at, you can ask yourself WHO can help you improve that area. Maybe you can even find someone that can help you improve all of those areas. One person that has been a huge mentor for me in these areas is Tony Robbins. I've learned a lot of tools from him that I use in my own life and in my work of coaching others. And it just so happens that I was able to partner with his team to put on a free virtual workshop to help you in all of these areas and more. If you want to join in and receive this powerful offering, you can register here. But hurry because there's only 20 spots available and the training begins next Thursday (12/1) at 7PM EST. I sincerely hope to see you all there. The better we can be for ourselves, the better we can be for others. And from my point of view the world needs all the help that it can get. Talk soon, Nathan