Many times we become comfortable in our daily routines. Like many others, I have a goal of constantly improving myself in all aspects of my life. In order to improve yourself, you have to challenge yourself daily. I have realized that our ordinary daily routines can sometimes stand in the way. It doesn't have to work that way!
If you want to constantly improve yourself, you must challenge yourself daily, whether it be large or small. Make it part of your daily routine. As your day ends, decided what your next day's challenge will be, and hold yourself to it. If it is a habit that you would like to develop, set a reminder to remind you each day. For your larger challenges, schedule time to plan, and break the challenge up into smaller stages if possible. If your challenge is small, JUST DO IT! Most of all, if you have difficulty motivating yourself to start or complete a challenge, write it down on your list of goals, and tell your friends and family that you are going to do it. Not only will it put you on the spot, but it will give others a chance to help you or even join you in your challenge. If you want even more motivation, give yourself a deadline and tell everyone about that as well. It's amazing what peer pressure does for your motivation.
So what kinds of things can you challenge yourself with? Well, think of all of your goals. Write them down, and choose one or two at a time. Do you want to exercise daily, wake up earlier, eat healthier, or learn a new language? Do you want to improve your relationship with your wife, your children, or with Jesus? Do you want to start a new habit or break an old habit? Daily challenges will get you started in the right direction.
In future posts, I will talk more about my past and future challenges. Hopefully, you can learn from my past experiences, and you can help hold me to my future challenges. Until then, get started on your daily challenges! At the least, pick a small challenge an run with it. Have fun with it, and please share your progress and ideas below in the comments.