I really liked this graphic (but can’t remember where I found it). But it speaks to the point of what we need our characters to do in our stories; to develop.
In a twisted way, its our job, as authors, to push those characters to their breaking point, even beyond that point, because its through that we evolve.
They need to suffer a bit, just as we do in Life, to see where those strengths lie. Without conflicts, we grow complacent. Characters need the battles, the strive, and the struggles.
Without conflicts, there is no story.
Writer’s Prompt: Consider your own struggles. What of the three things did you choose as a result of that struggle? Did you overcome, grow stronger, fall apart, retreat, or did you find yourself defined?