Transform Your Life with Simple Challenges

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Transform Your Life with Simple Challenges

The truth is, most people get stuck in a rut now and then.  Life can feel boring or humdrum at any moment.  It's much easier to go with the flow than it is to try something new.  The result, though, is that life becomes dull.

When dullness overtakes a person, it isn't necessarily a job change or expensive vacation she needs.  A shift can occur through a process as simple as incorporating simple positive challenges into life.

What are Positive Life Challenges?

Life can become richer when a person takes on accomplishable challenges.  Accomplishable means something that is doable quickly. Climbing Mount Everest would be a challenge, but might take a lifetime to get to do.  Walking an hour a day, on the other hand, is more doable.

The benefit of including small accomplishable challenges is that they change a person's paradigm or way of viewing life.  We often benefit from having a jolt to our thinking.  Putting yourself in a new place or doing something new might be the key you need to refresh your thinking. A simple day trip may do the trick.  Sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes.

Bravery and Facing Fear

A challenge is associated with bravery when it involves facing a fear or trying something daring. That daring thing may be as simple as speaking in front of an audience, or as daring as skydiving.  It might be associated with a test, such as a test of strength or stamina like running a marathon.

The introverts face fears when they step out of their comfort zones.  Their challenge might be as simple as getting off their couch to visit a friend or relative across town.  The transformation may be that after visiting someone, they will feel more alive inside.

The Transforming Affect

The desired result of most challenges is to add richness to life.  Individuals want to come out of challenges happier, more knowledgeable, or changed for the better in some way.  The transformation that takes place isn't always obvious as it may take place during the experience in a person's mind.

A good challenge involves discipline to complete.  The payoff can be even more rewarding when a tough challenge is met.  The humdrum life is stirred the participant does something worth bragging about.   

Challenges become invigorating when there are treasures unearthed during the encounter.  When a person learns something new, or exceeds his own expectations, the result is joy and new enthusiasm.  When a challenge enables a person to look at life differently, it's been successful.  When a challenge broadens a person's world, it aids in the creation of new relationships, or assists a person in developing new interests, it's worth every minute. 


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Less Dramatic Benefits

Some less dramatic challenges can still be profoundly transforming.  A challenge may merely give a person new clarity, set her in a new direction, or help her see a new solution to a dilemma.  A less dramatic challenge might involve a transformation to the mind or body.  Fasting, for instance, is a discipline involving abstaining from food or even refraining from something like spending time on technology, with a goal of using that time to pray, meditate, or cleanse one's body system. 

Taking a "day of rest" can serve as a time of refreshment when refraining from common activity or work for the purpose of resting the soul, body, and mind.  In today's fast moving technology-driven society, people push rest aside, yet it can be so vital to a person's ongoing transformation.    

Challenges as Goal Setting

Life is more satisfying when there are goals to achieve.  Less daring challenges that contribute to life satisfaction might include things like reading a certain number of books within a set period, visiting as many public gardens or art galleries as possible, or hunting for the best red velvet cupcakes in town.

Challenges come in all forms, but have the power to add vitality to life.

Tips for Choosing Challenges

If you are interested in setting up an invigorating challenge for yourself, here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Choose a challenge.  It sometimes helps to connect your challenge with an area you'd like to see movement or improvement on.  To really challenge yourself in a certain area, you may want to find something that includes setting a timer, crossing a finish line, winning a trophy, or gaining some type of certificate.  It might be something you do at a steady pace, or it might be a one-time event.

2. Set a time range for your challenge.  It might be something you do over 40 days, or it might be something you do for four hours.  Give your challenge a beginning and end.  Answer how you will know when you've accomplished it.

3. State your challenge.  Outline how you intend to focus on it and the desired results.  Declaring your intentions publicly to a friend, professional, or on a social networking site solidifies it a little more, making you accountable.  However, there's nothing wrong with keeping it private. 

4. Do what you say you're going to do and consider telling someone you're doing it. Blog, tweet or journal about your journey either for personal or public reading. Report to others how it went and what you learned.

5. When your challenge period is complete, celebrate.  Look for the transformational effects, and consider reporting your results to others.

Choosing challenges throughout life and seeing them through gives us a sense of accomplishment and delight.  It's important to challenge our thinking and mindset from time to time.  Even small changes that we prompt ourselves to make can reap great rewards.

The next time you find yourself falling into a rut, think about how you can challenge yourself to do something new worth bragging about.


About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or bcarroll@pivot.com.

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