Psychologist and author Theodore Issac Rubin said, “Happiness does not come from doing easy work, but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after achieving a difficult task that demanded our best.” I tend to agree. How about you?

Completing easy tasks does come with a certain sense of satisfaction. Anytime we can check something off our list, we feel good. But deeper and lasting satisfaction comes from completing tasks or projects we thought were beyond us. This kind of success is transformational. It enables us to see ourselves as more than we were before we achieved what we thought was impossible.

It has such a powerful affect, that we can look back on such personal accomplishments to bolster our confidence when we face new challenges. These victories help us see ourselves as someone who is capable of growing and learning, and maybe even changing the world.