Thursday, August 5, 2010

“God! Give Me Problems, I’ll Become A Champion” – Prof.M.S.Rao

“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.” - Stanley Lindquist

The 21st century has thrown several challenges to mankind due to rapid changing technology. Complexity and ambiguity have become the hallmarks of this century. We rarely find happiness and joy on the faces of the people as life has become a rat race. If you stand and observe at the traffic jams for sometime, you find people constantly rushing here and there with lot of anxiety and tension. Is it a healthy sign or a cause for concern?

Definitely it is a cause concern. However, when we look at the positive side of it, problems bring out the best among the people making them as real champions. Let us briefly look at the prospects from problems.

Prospects from Problems:

“We all at certain times in our lives find ourselves broken. True strength is found in picking up the pieces.” - Jill Pendley

Whenever you hit obstacles, just think coolly and find out the ways and means to come out of it. Constructive and meaningful confrontations make you highly creative. In fact, problems are the prospects for people, if taken positively. Whenever the problems crop up people think in multiple directions to come out of it as otherwise, they remain in their comfort zones.

Problems bring out the prospects. Problems lead to progress. Problems transit people from comfort zone to effective zone. Problems force people to think in multiple directions. Problems provide you food for thought. Problems provide you rich experience which enhances your maturity levels. Problems enhance empathy. Problems sharpen your mental faculties. Problems promote your perseverance. Problems strengthen your mind and character. Problems polish your personality. Problems bring out the real character among the people. Above all, problems make you humble.

When a ship sails smoothly any Tom, Dick and Harry can behave like a champion. However, the real champion comes out when the ship faces the storm. Therefore, problems bring out the hidden hero with you. They tap and trigger the real leader within you. John F. Kennedy rightly said, “In a day, when you don’t come across any problems, then you can be sure that you are traveling in the wrong path...” Therefore, you must welcome problems wholeheartedly to expand and grow.

Toughness comes from facing several challenges in life. Therefore, whenever God gives you problems, think that God is testing your capacities and widening your mental horizons thus making you stronger and tougher. It is a great exercise handling difficult people and problems. Leadership involves handling tough people and problems. At times, the problems bring out the real gems and leaders. Several leaders thrive on challenges. They know how to convert their weaknesses into strengths and threats into opportunities. They are highly optimistic and look at the bright side of the picture. They enjoy facing tough situations as it gives them kick and drives them moving forward.

Who is a Champion?

“What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.” - Patty Berg

You are the champion when you come out with flying colors after facing series of problems successfully. For champions, there are no problems, but only challenges. Champions see the challenges as chances to dust off the skills. They don’t live in bunkers and don’t retreat. They move forward with energy and enthusiasm. They take every problem as a prospect. They take every problem as a challenge to tackle. For champions, there are no failures, but only lessons.

How Can You Become a Champion?

“Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” - Wilma Rudolph

As leaders are not born but made, the champions are not born but made. To become a champion, you must stay focused. Find out your natural talents. Acquire skills. Align both your innate talents with acquired skills and abilities to reach your goals.

When we look at the characteristics of the champions, they don’t look at the score, but only at the ball while playing the tennis game. They are passionate and born optimists. They often emphasize more on ideas, less on issues and least on individuals. They associate with positive and healthy people. They have both short and long-term goals and align the same effectively. They learn lessons from their failures. Above all, champions are hard workers, smart workers, wise workers and networkers.


It is rightly said, ‘when God solves your problems, you have faith in his abilities….When He doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities…”

When you handle several problems, you tend to be more confident as you know how to look for solutions rather getting worried about the problems. Problems bring out your hidden strength. Problems bring out your real character. We can know the real character of a person when he/she loses. In a nutshell, adversity brings out the best in others.

God gives problems to intelligent people not to weak people as weak cannot handle and collapse easily. On the other hand, intelligent people leverage the problems convert as prospects thus excelling as champions. Therefore, when God gives you problems, then thank Him for giving you problems as He is carving and crafting a diamond out of you.

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