Always challenge yourself~

How often do you really challenge yourself? This could be in your career, personal challenges, physical challenges, or any combination. For those of you that have been reading my tips for some time, you remember that I was persuaded by a good friend to sign up for a triathlon two summers ago. I loved the experience and was very proud of my commitment to the process.  For me, life is not supposed to be a complacent and safe ride. My father has always challenged himself and explored new things, a wonderful quality that I hope to continue in my own life. I think it is important to raise the bar and surprise yourself every now and then with achievements that you would not normally give yourself the opportunity to try. Life becomes very hum drum and monotone if you don’t venture out every now and then. I would love for each and every one of you to take a good look at your life this wee k and determine if there are opportunities to push yourself a bit. If you feel the desire to spice things up a bit and try new things, there is never a better time than the present.


1. Is life monotone?
     Is your life monotone? Is there little excitement or challenge? Do you feel an urge to try new things? Are you becoming restless? Admitting this is the first step in embarking on new things. Just ask yourself if you are ready to push yourself a bit.

2. What is calling out to you?
     Have you always dreamed of running a marathon? Have you thought about tackling a fourteener? Are you itching to put your name in the running for a promotion? What have you considered in the past that you have never given much thought to? Write down some ideas to get you started. Now place a star next to the one that is calling out to you the loudest.

3. Move forward
     Now that you have an idea of the challenge that you might want to embark on, it’s time to take action. A goal is pointless if you don’t detail and move forward with the action portion. Even if it is baby steps, you are doing something that you weren’t doing before. So, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t move at a fast pace. Just list the steps that you would need to take to begin your journey.

3 Responses to Always challenge yourself~

  1. I like to challenge myself in my personal and business life. I do this by using my time to the max and try and get as much fitted into a day as possible. To some my challenges may be small but to me they are big. With a business you are constantly working on new things and never know where they are going to take you. I think it is important to keep on going.

    • Thanks for your reply Naomi~ I know how crazy life can feel at times when you are juggling work and family. I do believe challenging yourself keeps things fresh, keeps you moving forward and helps you evolve as a person. Have a great day!