How often do you get a tight slap across the face by your dear but dreaded friend, “the Wake-up Call”? The same one that jolted you from your seemingly comfortable life with this one thought: “What the #$%^&# am I doing with my life?” And in response you promised yourself that you will change yourself to be in a better position “Next Time”.
This Wake-up Call can be in any form. Bypassed promotions, missed deadlines, forgotten commitments, disappointed spouse, unhappy kids, failing career, and sometimes even no job or no life at all. These are the horrors and pains of what I like to call a haphazard, reactive lifestyle.
And how do we catch ourselves in these moments of pain and horror?
The Wake-up Call.
Think about this: Everyone has two choices:
- Live ACTIVELY—take initiative, create discipline, make an effort, change and grow beyond your imagination. Navigate these horrors successfully to be the best you can be,
- or Live REACTIVELY in some bubble of false security, your comfort zone around you waiting to burst. Oh, and it will burst, and let me tell you from personal experience: When it does, the pain is a bitch.
I wholeheartedly agree, that changing yourself is not an easy task. It takes a lot of courage, patience, and time. The best way to bring this about is to dare yourself to change, to challenge yourself.
I can give you reasons to fear the consequences of not changing yourself, but perhaps it is better to explore the benefits of challenging yourself to change. So here are
11 Reasons Why You Need To Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself
It helps you identify your personal and professional goals.
- Every challenge needs a target. When you want to change for the better, you seek a target that aligns with your personal and professional goals. If this helps you take even one small step in the right direction, it will be a meaningful success.
It helps you establish your priorities.
- Identify what is important to you and cut the crap out of your way. Binge-watching Game of Thrones to keep up with your friends might seem a very important thing to do now, but it will never be at the top of your priority list. Unless, of course, you are preparing for a GoT fan club competition with lucrative prizes.
It motivates you.
- “I dare you to do it!” Remember this game? There was no better motivation to do something absurd. When it’s your future on the line, how can you not get motivated?
It expands your mind.
- It fuels your thinking process. When you learn new things, meet new people, change old beliefs, and discard useless thoughts,it exercises your thinking power to the extreme.
With every successful change, you get gratification, a sense of contentment.
- How can you not feel smug and gleeful when the scale shows 10 -20 pounds less than it had for a long time?
With every unsuccessful change, you learn something new to use in the next challenge.
- Thomas Alva Edison once said, ” I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” That’s a bit extreme, but the learning is the same. Don’t look at failures as setbacks, but rather learn from them. Analyse what you could have done better and use the learning in your next challenge.
It triggers creativity.
- Challenges are meant to push you. You will often find yourself pushed to the limits of your time, patience, and capacity. Creativity will be your best friend in times like these and will help you prevail and come out on top.
It will expand your social growth.
- You cannot grow in isolation. At times you will be required to meet new people to help and seek help from them. The right mindset with these meetings can give a huge boost to both your confidence and eventually your social status.
You get rid of the boredom, the drudgery, and the unhappiness.
- Nothing more to say. You will experience this yourself.
You will lose the fear of the unknown.
- Challenges will motivate you to embrace any curveball life throws at you. It will become second nature to navigate the challenges life gives and come out a winner.
It will help you achieve that big, audacious goal you have dreamt of, one small challenge at a time.
One word of caution: Don’t wait for things to be perfect or for your wake up-call to kick you out of your comfort chair.
I chose to change, to challenge myself, to grow. It was after several such “slaps”, but better late than never. I am challenging myself using the guidelines in The 12 Week Year, a book by Brian P. Moran. This is my first serious and dedicated step in the world of productivity research and implementation. I will be sharing more about this system, the findings, the results, and even some tips to customise it for yourself.
Take one small step at a time. As the famous productivity coach Kevin Kruse (leadX.org) says, “Aim for 1% changes you can make to improve daily.”
Here is your 1% change for today:
Write a comment below about what you stand to lose if you do not challenge yourself to change yourself today.
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