Challenge – Something that needs great mental or physical effort in order to be done successfully and therefore tests a person’s ability.
So, this weekend my 2 adorable kids (I use that term loosely!) have their Mixed Martial Arts grading’s, and, after talking to my 6-year-old girl whilst on our walk to school, and her declaring that she sees her grading as a challenge, it reminded me of a very simple but true saying.
If something you’re doing doesn’t challenge you then it doesn’t change you!
Now, when you’re a child you face daily challenges without giving most of them a second thought. The first big challenge most of us face is walking! Although at such a young age we don’t see this as a challenge, but natural progression for us to be able to move about and go where we want just like the big people. Anybody who’s watched a child learning to walk knows how much of a challenge it is for them. First stand, find balance and then actually move about. They fall many times but persevere because walking is an essential life skill that can only improve their lives.
Ultimately that challenge has changed them and made them into a better version of themselves.
As we grow into adults we generally go one way or the other, we either become the person who see’s life as a constant challenge that we daren’t not tackle, or, we become the person who thrives on challenge, takes life head on and strives for personal growth.
Now, just ask yourself 2 simple questions –
- Which of the above person is more likely to be happy and personally successful, and
- Which am I?
If you’re the second type of person then good for you, keep pushing, challenging and growing as a person and learning from life’s rich experiences.
If you’re the first type of person, then ask yourself two more questions –
- Why wouldn’t I want to challenge myself and better myself, and
- what is it that’s stopping me?
Go ahead and write these down, think about them and see if you can come up with your answers! On paper these may seem like simple questions, but you may have to dig deep and face some realities that perhaps you’d previously not dealt with?
Maybe you’ve never even given it a thought, and this article may be the wake up call you need to help you start to make personal change, create that better you, and improve your life and the lives of those around you! (when your happy, aren’t those close to you also happier?)
So where do we start? Well, we start small!
Pick a small daily challenge that –
- you know will be accessible to you – don’t challenge yourself to climb a mountain when you live nowhere near any mountains!
- Excites and motivates you – you can’t challenge yourself to do something for the sake of it, this wont grow you as a person!
- Try and make the challenge something that will have a positive effect on people around you, either directly or indirectly!
Below is a list of 7 examples you could carry out over the next 7 days, for some all of these will be a challenge, for others, these will range from easy to minor challenges but all of these will help you start to create that better you!
- Hug and kiss your partner and tell them all that you love them everyday for the next 7 days.
- Take 5-10 minuets out of each day to simply close your eyes and relax. Concentrate on your breathing and clear your mind of all the clutter. Take time to think rather than do.
- Feed your mind. Try reading a single chapter each day of a book that may help you grow mentally. I can recommend ‘As A Man Thinketh’ by James Allen. It just so happens this book has 7 chapters and all of them 2-3 pages only, but, i consider this awesome food for the brain that will get you thinking.
- Find one thing each day that you like about yourself and celebrate it.
- Pick a negative behaviour (yes we all have them!) and challenge yourself to stop using it each day. As an example, you may find yourself nit-picking at your kids everyday just for the sake of it, next time you feel yourself about to do it, stop, take a deep breath and switch to a more positive approach.
- Feed your soul. Challenge yourself to help somebody each day. This could be something as simple as a compliment at the right time, holding a door open for a stranger (and not getting pissed with them when they don’t say Thank You!), Buying a homeless person a hot drink as its now getting towards winter, or some other random act of kindness which will have a positive impact on another human being.
- Challenge yourself to write a list of further challenges that will grow you as a person and create that better you!
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