Martin Luther King, Jr once said, “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.”

Have you ever wondered just what it is that makes the most driven people accomplish the things they do? What gives them the drive and the energy to continue to work hard at times when most others just give up.

I believe it’s not just a strong desire to accomplish a specific goal, it’s also a desire to develop the kind of personal character that goes with that kind of accomplishment. It comes with knowing and deeply sensing the kind of value that comes with pushing through a difficult challenge. Not only do you accomplish your goal, you change who you are in the process. You become an accomplisher, an achiever, and a new depth to your personality will develop. You will become an inspiration to the people around you.

This world offers us many things to do that take almost no effort from us at all. The benefits of these things are as temporary as they are immediate. It’s easy to turn on a TV, watch a movie, or listen to good music. But the reward is only the fun you experience at that moment. When the show is over, it’s over.

It’s difficult to put in the hours needed to be successful at something that is a challenge. But the rewards are great. The biggest reward is not only the satisfaction of accomplishing something difficult, but also the type of person you become by stepping up to a difficult challenge. You become a person who can accomplish difficult things. You become a person who can endure challenging times. You become a person who CAN.

So, the question isn’t just, “What do you want to accomplish?” It is also, “Who do you want to be?”