Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a motivational speaker who can cover the topic of being proactive and choosing your own productive and positive challenges at your next business event. Contact us to check availability. The full transcript of the above video is included below.


Full Video Transcript:

Hi and welcome to another edition of Strategic Business Insights. Today we’re going to talk about the challenges in your life and whether or not you choose those challenges or if you wait for them to come to you, and the reality is that most people sit back and wait for the challenges to come their way, and those challenges push them down and they become victims. They complain about this challenge or that challenge that came into their life. They didn’t ask for this challenge, it came to them, now they have to deal with it and it’s pushing them down. And quite often people use those challenges as excuses why they don’t achieve the things they should be achieving. They always have an external reason why they’re not making progress. Meanwhile, other people are proactively going out and choosing the challenges that they embrace in their lives. You have that ability. We have the control to go out into life and say, “I’m going to pick this challenge. I’m going to pick that challenge.”

And it’s all about being passive versus being proactive. Most people are passive in their lives. They sit back and they wait. They only do the things that they’re forced to do. Other than that, they just relax, they watch TV, they eat a lot of food or drink or do whatever they’re doing. They waste their time and wait passively for challenges to come into their life.

Don’t do that. Go out and proactively pick the challenges that you want. Pick the challenges that push you up instead of waiting for the challenges that come to push you down. That’s about being proactive. Be proactive in your life. It’s about being empowered. It’s changing your mindset. You can pick the challenges that you have in your life. And when you pick the challenges you have in your life, what does it do? It’s invigorating. You feel empowered. You don’t feel like a victim, you feel victorious because you’re doing the things that you’ve chosen to do. You’ve chosen a challenge that you want, and so you go out and you embrace it.

And even if you don’t succeed, it’s okay because you picked the challenge. We only have 24 hours in a day. You can go out and pick challenges that consume all of your time and you won’t even notice the challenges that come to you on their own because you’ve defined your life in your own terms. You’ve defined your challenges by the ones that you want, the ones that will push you forward.

At the end of the day, passive challenges are the bad ones and proactive challenges are the good ones. Passive people are victims, proactive people are victorious. Pick the challenges you want. We all have that power. We all have that control. So change your mindset and pick the challenges that you want in your life.

Thanks for watching this video. My name is Patrick, reminding you as always to think bigger about your business, think bigger about your life.

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a keynote speaker who has spoken at business conferences in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.