11 Reasons Why You Need To Challenge Yourself To Change Yourself

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:

  1. Live ACTIVELY—take initiative,  create disciplinemake an effort, change and grow beyond your imagination. Navigate these horrors successfully to be the best you can be,
  2. 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

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. You get rid of the boredom, the drudgery, and the unhappiness.

    • Nothing more to say. You will experience this yourself.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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34 Comments

  1. Great advice. Im always setting myself new goals. I think it is a great way to evolve into a better person.

  2. I love this, personal growth is so important, we need to really challenge ourselves at times!

  3. I believe we can control our own destiny with our thoughts. When you think positively, positive things happen. The converse is also true. Great post.

  4. This post just came right in time! OK, so here goes:

    I challenge myself to publish at least 2 blog posts every week @ http://www.myfavoritelists.com

    Thanks for writing this post. 🙂

  5. I agree 100%. If you aren’t living, you are dying. I recently left a 22 year career and decided. This isn’t as good as it gets, and I live a wonderfully blessed life. But I have more dreams and desires. So I made some major life changes, like stopped eating and drinking all forms of sugar, started blogging, and taking online classes. I am WOKE. I am going to get 12 week a year book. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • That decision is awesome. Way to go. I too have just completed my first implementation of 12 Week Year System. Please do let me know in case you have any doubts or need any help with it’s implementation. and please do share your blog too. Would love to check it out.

  6. Very great tips. I can particularly relate to losing fear of the unknown. Great post!

  7. This is really true, I totally agree with this article. These tips help me more to encourage myself more. Thanks so much sharing this post.

  8. Honestly, there is a great deal that I would like to change in myself, I guess we all do. But I am a person to whom change doesn’t come naturally. I found your post very motivating that ways. May be this is the year of change for me! 🙂

    • I am glad you liked this post. I personally believe that change is an inevitable part of life’s journey. You either make it on your own or the world will change you forcefully.
      Please let me know if you need any kind of help with bringing change in your life. I have a great system to ensure that derailing from my path is minimised if not nullified.

  9. Great post! Inspiring and full of advises and positivity. This is timely especially for those people looking for reasons and push for change.

    • This list comes out as a way to convince myself. ( and a few friends) so I could not let it go without helping my readers even if by a little bit. I am glad you liked it. Please do let me know if you have any question regarding your goal setting or following up 🙂

  10. I think we are always a work in progress. We are not growing if we are not looking for ways that we can grow and change. I love this list.

  11. Great post, I’m a firm believer in taking action when you feel uncomfortable or unhappy with your life. It’s all about moving forward and staying positive

  12. I often get to hear the phrase “when was the last time you got to do something for the first time” and my answer is this week very often, so I guess I do challenge myself more often than the usual, still my challenge for today is to be the best happy mommy for the rest of the afternoon while trying to work at the same time.

  13. Its funny I should read your post this morning. Last night I was not in a good place and as my life is changing hugely at the moment and unexpectedly I need to change with it. I have started but then I halt and get scared again. I think fear is a huge factor in the change process.

    • I too think you are absolutely correct about fear. It’s the fear of starting that stops us and it’s the fear of failure that keeps us going. But only we can decide which fear prevails.

  14. Hey! Thanks for sharing such useful post. I agree with all the reasons you have mentioned here. Gret work!!

  15. I used to get so down on myself if I wasn’t successful at things I wanted to change. Once I started seeing them as a way to learn, it was so much easier. The reality is this idea is so very true because sometimes we have things in our lives that are there to challenge us an maybe even push us in a different direction all together x

    With every unsuccessful change, you learn something new to use in the next challenge

    • These are probably the same lines that have kept me going on in life and are one of my favorite all timers.
      Please do let me know in case you need any specific help in setting up or working towards your goals. Would be glad to be of help.

  16. I do like #11. I can so oh so relate to that one. By being willing to take those One challenges/steps towards that big goal that I have I cannot help but to feel a sense of accomplishment even if I do not reach it I am so much more closer than before.

    • That’s so true. We waste time trying to be perfect in our success and failure that we forget that even one step closer to the Big Audacious Goal is a success in itself. I am glad you could relate.
      Please do let me know in case you need any specific help in setting up or working towards your goals even if one more step. Would be glad to be of help.

  17. So true, I believe in living actively and for that I try to have my goals set in and indulge creatively with them. Its a high time, we need to challenge our comfort zones.

    • That sounds so great. I hope you continue achieving your goals. Please do let me know in case you need any specific help in setting up or working towards your goals. Would be glad to help

  18. Reading this makes me feel exhausted. Why can’t we just lean back and just roll with the punches from time to time?! Why not just accept things – and ourselves – the way they are for a moment?! I’m very keen of keeping a good and healthy life-work-balance and become more zzzzen.

    • Very interesting point of view. I guess it’s each one to it’s own kind of story. While even I would love to just lean back and roll with the punches but with every responsibility on me,it becomes a necessity to fight back those urges.
      I hope my future articles will be more useful to you. Please let me know If you need help with anything particular in your productivity.

  19. You are right, we all need that wake-up call from time to time. I think I needed it today, to be honest. I love challenging myself, it helps me grow and learn.

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