Each of us is born with both strengths and weaknesses. Numerology looks at life as if it were an educational process that is meant to bring out and enhance our talents, and turn our weaknesses into strengths. This serves to complete our being.
The job of becoming whole is one in which we must face our weaknesses and consciously work to improve ourselves. There are four Challenges to be faced during our lives. For many of us, the same challenge is repeated, while others have four distinctly different lessons to learn.
The Challenges on your life's path provide specific lessons that you must attend to, and, in order to inspire and help you, life will place you in situations that require the specific characteristics of your Challenge numbers.
The four Challenges you are required to overcome during the course of this lifetime will influence you during different periods of your life, except for the Third or Main Challenge, which lasts from birth until death. The Challenges are fluid periods of your life, not confined to specific years so much as general periods. All of your Challenges are present at birth, like actors standing in the wings.
THE FIRST CHALLENGE
The duration of the First Challenge usually lasts from birth until approximately the age of 30 to 35.
Your First Challenge is 3
Paul, you are your own worst critic. You suppress your individuality and creativity. Each time you want to make an impression, you doubt yourself beforehand, and criticize yourself ruthlessly afterward. Your criticism of yourself is far more severe than anyone else's.
As a result, you tend to play it safe by staying on the surface, indulging in superficialities. You rarely express what goes on deep inside of you; instead, you cover up your feelings with humor or perfunctory remarks.
You often feel alone and lonely.
Paul, your fear of social interaction causes you to strain conversation by making too many jokes and forced joviality.
It may help you to find a creative outlet for your imagination, possibly through writing, painting, singing or dance.
At the bottom of the challenge is an effort to bring out your true self. You will learn to truly value your own creative talents above anyone else's judgments. This must be viewed as a process of individuation, in which you become a whole human being, independent and free of the need to conform to others.
THE SECOND CHALLENGE
The Second Challenge usually lasts until the age of about 35 to 40.
Your Second Challenge is 2
Paul, you are overly sensitive and too aware of other peoples' expectations. You suppress yourself to avoid feeling conspicuous. You can be overwhelmed by self-consciousness. You fear gossip about you. As a result, you become inhibited. All of this results in a suppression of your own individuality and uniqueness. You yearn to blend into the crowd. You let your own feelings and emotions play too big a role. Your hypersensitivity causes fear, timidity and lack of self-confidence. And you experience unnecessary fear and emotional turmoil.
Little things seem disproportionately difficult to overcome and sometimes have a paralyzing effect. Jealousy can cause much pain and misunderstanding.
These negative aspects of the challenge actually spring in part from positive characteristics you possess, especially your acute awareness and intuition. You are an antenna for other people’s feelings; you know before a word is spoken how they feel.
Paul, you lack the inner strength to maintain your own center, and try to conform to the prevailing emotional atmosphere.
This challenge makes you understanding and compassionate; you have an enormous empathy for the inner turmoil of others and can do much good for people with emotional problems.
This Challenge carries much weight and will be felt throughout your life. For that reason, it is also called the Main Challenge.
As you master this challenge, your life will come more and more under your own control. You will incorporate the positive aspects of the challenge into your character. This is its purpose in the first place. Therefore, there is implicit in the challenge a chance for great reward.
In short, this may be the secret to your success.
Your Third Challenge is 1
You must learn to be independent. Paul, you will be forced to stand up for yourself and your rights. You will be faced with situations in which you will have to choose between standing up for what you think is right versus giving in to another person's demands. You will have to struggle to strengthen and know your own will power.
You will have to learn to be firm and trust your judgment. Don't run with the crowd, be an individual. This whole lesson represents the frontiers of your consciousness. Therefore, you will have to experience much trial and error, sometimes exploding with bursts of aggression, other times being intimidated and letting frustration and anger build within you until you are ready to act on your deepest instincts.
Paul, you will learn your own set of values; you will develop into an individual with original and innovative ideas.
If you have 1s in your core numbers or in your Hidden Passion this challenge will not be as difficult to learn, or as strongly felt.
THE FOURTH CHALLENGE
The Fourth Challenge in your numerology chart is most strongly felt during the latter part of our lives, beginning at the age of approximately 45.
Your Fourth Challenge is 1 (This Challenge is the same as the Third, as described above.)