A challenge isn’t easy, it isn’t meant to be. That is why terms like ‘get outside your comfort zone’ and ‘break out of the box we put ourselves in’ are bandied about a lot. We know how good we feel when we reach a goal and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with it. Often the more difficult the challenge or even the more attempts we have made at it, the greater the sense of achievement during, and afterwards, especially when we have tried our best.
Challenging yourself can be extremely motivational. Below are some tips to help you challenge yourself.
1. Don’t Give Up
Keep going. If you have too, adjust your expectations. Reset your goals and focus on short term achievables. Compete with yourself. Show a ‘never give up attitude.’ Together with some patience and perseverance it is often more than enough to take you a long way.
2. Have Both Short and Long Term Goals
After you are satisfied with your accomplishments, move the goal posts. Improve your performance or aim for something higher. That way you will always be trying to go beyond your current achievements and progress. It keeps you fresh, eager and enthusiastic about life and the journey we are all on.
3. Stay Positive
Whilst difficult, challenging ourselves isn’t about suffering! We can always control our mental outlook in different situations. Being cheerful, focused, positive and happy overcomes many problems. The tiredness of the body, mental doubt or others resistance to change. Make sure your preparation has given you self-confidence and self- belief. Use your inner strength, determination, resilience and fortitude to overcome hurdles you come across. Remember enjoyment is necessary to stay positive,so enjoy the struggle!
4. Surround Yourself With a Good Team
You learn, improve your performance and have more fun. Good teams bring out the best in you and add to the social or professional aspect of your chosen job or sport. Use team building techniques to bring you and your friends or colleagues closer together.