Why It’s Important to Challenge Yourself Regularly
Are you ready to take your life experience to the next level? Start by taking action in your life and empower yourself. Recognize your strength and let it guide you through your actions. Set goals with your wildest dreams in mind. Use these dreams to influence your short-term weekly goals. Ask your community to hold you accountable as you reach for these goals. When you challenge yourself regularly your journey will be faster and more effective.
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Use your values as a lighthouse. Look to them when it is dark and you’re not sure which direction to go. Use your values to help propel you forward by thinking about what they look like in action.
The only way that anything changes is if things change. If you want your life to look differently, you can take positive action to build the life you want.
First comes willingness and then comes action. If you’re willing to make the changes you want to make, you’re halfway there.
Taking action requires commitment. Making this commitment in a way that can hold you accountable (to your community or family) is an excellent way to ensure your follow through.
The only way to get better is through continuous practice. You can achieve goals and make progress. You don’t have to be the best. The most important thing is that you gain enjoyment.
Seeing yourself get better at a new hobby is rewarding and motivating. So, set yourself up for success by setting goals and overcoming small challenges.
Building resilience happens when you challenge yourself. Challenge yourself to be more compassionate, more mindful, or more active.
Challenge Yourself by Setting Goals
The best place to start challenging yourself is by setting goals. Goals are a necessary component because they help you track progress and stay motivated.
You can start your goal setting by thinking about your wildest dreams. What would your life look like if you had no limitations?
Create some long-term goals based on what you want your life to look like. Then, set short-term goals that support and lead up to these long-term goals. Setting these short-term goals enables you to take one step at a time toward a fulfilling life.
A large part of resilience is seeing the bigger picture. Think about what you can learn and move from there.
How to set short term goals:
- Make your goal specific. For example, instead of saying, “I want to do a lot of push-ups,” you can say, “I want to be able to do 45 push-ups in 6 months.”
- Set yourself up for success by setting reasonable goals. If you set a goal that isn’t realistic for you, you’re less likely to achieve it. You can get to know what you’re capable of by starting small and working your way up from there.
- If your goals are time-oriented, you’re more likely to get moving on them. It’s a good practice to set two or three small goals each week. Your goal can be, “Make my bed 6 days this week.” If you want to have a project done by a certain time, set small goals to help you take it bit-by-bit.
- When you vocalize your goals to someone else, you’re more likely to achieve them. This is helpful because you have someone on your team rooting for you. You also have an opportunity to share your success with someone and have encouragement you when you need it.
- Acknowledge your effort. If you don’t meet a goal one week, think of it as a good opportunity to practice positive self-talk. When you achieve your goals, no matter how small, celebrate! Take yourself out to a nice dinner or watch your favorite movie. Tell your community, and they can celebrate with you.
As you think about your goals, keep your values in mind. What are the things you value most? How can you live by those values?
Challenge Yourself By Living According to Core Values
Using values as a guidepost is a great way to motivate yourself toward your goals. This is an important tool to implement because it will help during times of stress, confusion, and decision-making.
Your values help you determine the way in which you want to live your life.
For example, if you value your community, you may invite your friends over for dinner once per week. Or if you value education, you might take a class at a local community college or read interesting books.
By having a consistent set of values, you are moving towards consistency and meaning in your life. Values promote self-motivation and confidence. Your life is more fulfilling when you know what’s important to you.
Values can help light the way when you’re not sure what to do.
For example, if you apply for two jobs, and one of the jobs requires moving away from your family, you might choose the job that enables you to stay closer to family if that is what you value.
If you value financial success, you might choose the job that pays more.
Values are a concise guide to living your life.
When you’re visualizing your values, it’s important to visualize what they look like in action. It’s one thing to value kindness, but it’s another thing to use that value to help you be kind when you don’t want to be.
It may be helpful to write down various scenarios in which you might be able to apply your values.
For example, the value of honesty might look like speaking up when you’re nervous or taking responsibility for behavior. The value of safety might look like evaluating risks carefully or putting on your seatbelt. If you value health, you might get yearly check-ups and eat your vegetables.
Follow this process to determine your values:
- Begin by making a list of ten things you value.
- Next, shorten that list to 3 – 6 values and begin visualizing them in your daily life.
- Write down each value and put them somewhere where you see them each day.
- Refer to your values frequently and check in with yourself to see if you’re living up to them. If you’re astray, non-judgmentally bring yourself back to your values.
Setting your values helps during times of stress because they give you a guideline for how you would like to live. Before you make any big decisions, pause in a moment of mindfulness and consult your values. They often offer a stronger perspective.
In case you’ve just found this post on moving your bode each day to keep blood flowing to your brain and need a refresher on the 8 skills you need to live your life with inner strength and mental toughness, here they are:
- Develop your understanding of resilience and mental toughness
- Enhance your emotional regulation skills so you are in control
- Take full responsibility for your situation to grow exponentially
- Build a solid and supportive community of like-minded individuals
- Practice gratitude and forgiveness for yourself and others in your life
- Strengthen your relationship with yourself with your morning routine
- Move your body throughout each day to keep blood flowing to your brain
- Challenge yourself regularly with new skills and projects
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