HOW TO BE CHALLENGED TO GET BETTER
Get a new friend
I remember one of the biggest changes when I graduated from college and moved out of my college town was that I suddenly didn’t have all of my friends around. Since I’m not all that outgoing, it’s more of a challenge for me to make new friends, and it really forces me to put myself out there.
It’s so worth it though! Every time I have put myself out there and made a new friend, I’ve been so grateful that I did. It can be a lot of fun to make new friends who have similar hobbies or interests.
Seek for help
Asking for help is scary for a lot of people. Maybe you’re like me and you’re a perfectionist, afraid of admitting to someone that you can’t do something just right. Or maybe you’re afraid of looking stupid, or afraid of putting yourself out there and talking to someone new, or afraid of bothering someone with your problem.
There are so many reasons you might avoid asking for help, but most of us do find a reason. I challenge you to ask for help next time you are struggling with something!
Start a “thank-you” list
Starting a gratitude journal was a challenge for me! First of all, I thought it was kind of a dumb idea. I really didn’t think it would have any effect on my outlook on life.
But even more than that, sometimes you’re just in a mood where you want to be negative. You want to focus on the things that are going wrong. And challenging that by forcing yourself to look at the GOOD is uncomfortable.
But writing down things I’m grateful for has actually had such an amazing impact, and it can turn my bad mood right around.
Make a vision list
At first glance, creating a vision board doesn’t seem like something that you challenge you. But you’ll figure out that it really is!
That’s because creating a vision board requires you to do a couple of uncomfortable things. First of all, it forces you to actually create a vision for your future. If you’ve just been letting life lead you rather than leading your life, it might be scary to create a vision for what you want your life to look like.
Second, creating a vision board forces you to face your big goals each and every day. But by creating a vision board, you’re constantly reminding yourself of that goal and daring yourself to take action on it.
It’s honestly a way of tricking yourself into going after your big scary goals!
My final words on this:
There are so many fun ways you can challenge yourself to grow as a person, even without seeing it as hard work. And the great thing about this list is everyone can find at least one thing on it that sounds like something they can do! And bonus points for doing a bunch of them!
As someone who has always been reserved and had a small comfort zone, I’ve tried to challenge myself more as an adult to expand my horizons and come out of my shell a bit.
It’s made such a huge difference for me, and I know it can do the same for you!