Professor Clay Christensen once said, “A good life is not one that is free from struggle, but one in which people have the tools to overcome what life throws at them.”

He said this in the context of parents who mistakenly protect their kids from life’s inevitable difficulties, but it has obvious wider permutations.

The reality is that there are struggles in life, so we must aim to overcome them, not avoid them.

Today, I want to encourage you not to pray for less stress in your life, but for the capacity to deal with stress more resourcefully.

Don’t hope that every door will open immediately, but that you will have the persistence to keep knocking.

Don’t wade in the shallow end, but dive into the deep waters.

Or as Jim Rohn once put it, “Don’t wish that life was easier, wish that you were better.”