Today’s ‘Live Better With Willie Jolley’ Tip: Growth Is Painful, But Necessary

Most people don’t live life to the fullest because they have fear. They let fear rob them of life and the joys of living. I don’t want you to be reckless and foolish, but I do want you to take chances and challenge yourself. If you’re afraid to take some risks, you will never grow, never stretch and never reach your potential. Sometimes it may be painful, but there is no growth without pain. That’s why they’re called ‘growing pains’.

What would you think if you had a baby who was three years old and had not grown from infancy? You’d take the baby to the doctor. Or suppose the baby fell down once and just stopped trying to walk? You’d know there was something wrong because you know that without falling and getting back up, the baby would never learn to walk.

We cannot stop trying just because we fall or just because it is painful. Growth is painful, but it is necessary. This is a direct quote from the families of the astronauts who died in the tragic Challenger shuttle disaster: ‘‘Do not fear risk; all exploration, all growth is calculated. Life is filled with challenge. Only those who are will­ing to go after those challenges grow. Only if we are willing to walk over the edge can we become winners.’’ Remember, all things are possible if you can just believe.

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