You know what they say, "what doesn't challenge you, doesn't change you." I sometimes don't agree with what "they" say all the time, but through personal experience, "they" are completely right. We humans love to get comfortable. Sometimes we are like cattle, and we are just walking in a straight line of life. Same thing, a different day. Different day, same thing. I will tell you straight away, I am one of those people. I like being comfortable, sometimes I am scared of a challenge. Or maybe I am afraid to fail, either way- it is something I have working on and has moved up on the top priority list of my 2016 goals. I think noticing being comfortable is a challenge in itself! How can I change things if I am just moving through life comfortably? I sometimes find myself comparing my career, my education, my creativity, and my success to other people. This is where the little voice in my head screamed CHALLENGE YOURSELF. I shouldn't be comparing myself to others, because I am not like them. I am different. I am me. I may do things a little slower, I get distracted, and sometimes it is hard for me to find the drive and motivation. But those are just the little challenges I have been working on conquering every day, and I am totally okay with that!
So, what are some of my goals of challenging myself this year? Well, you are looking at one right now! THIS BLOG has been a huge challenge for me! I've watched countless videos, read other blogs, and skimmed so many different how-to articles. I've written posts, deleted them, screen shotted pictures from Instagram and cropped them to fit each post. (which is so annoying, I need to invest in a good camera!) I am figuring out all of these tech-y terms that I am not familiar with! And you know what? I LIKE THIS CHALLENGE. It's fun. My brain works in a different way, and I get excited about writing and opening up about my life and sharing favorite fitness tips.
OK, so maybe you don't need to challenge yourself creatively or you don't compare you career path with anyone else. But you are comfortable, you're just- MEH. If you are unhappy, CHANGE something! I know this may sound drastic, but if you are unhappy with your job, change it! The cool thing about this generation is that we have so many creative outlets to do things how we want it. For example, I hated my hospitality job. I have always had a passion for fitness, and with a few internet searches, I found a personal training school I could take to achieve my goal of becoming a personal trainer. My best friend was bored at her job. She challenged herself and started her own company, and has been extremely successful and happy ever since. Actually, I can think of a handful of people who have left their jobs to do something on their own, and they are doing just fine! Is changing your job just not in the equation? That is fine! I get it- but let's change your outlook on it. Your job pays your bills, it keeps you busy, and you are VERY lucky to even have this job. Are you bored at work? What can you do to work your way up the ladder? Maybe a new position within the company you can tackle? Whatever it is that is bothering you, address it, and CHANGE IT!
Is your body not changing in the gym? Are you a cardio bunny and keep the treadmill at the same speed for an hour? Challenge yourself with sprints! Do you do the same body weight exercises 2 days a week? Challenge yourself by picking up weights! Do you only do 20 second plank holds? Why not see if you can hold for a minute? Do you always find yourself saying that you are not a runner? Why don't you challenge yourself into running a 5k? Or even a 10k! You will notice you ARE a runner, you just never challenged yourself to get there. I think the "what doesn't challenge you doesn't change you" quote has a LOT to do with your body changing. Our bodies adapt to steady movement, they need to be challenged in order to change, it's science!
My last challenge for you that I will end this post on, is challenging you to take the positives out of every single negative experience you encounter. I've always been a pretty positive person, but trust me, I would always dwell on something and find myself complaining about it. Tired today? You woke up. Sitting in traffic? You have a car. Annoying coworker? You have a job. Spill your coffee? You have the money to make or buy a new one. Be grateful and positive and the energy you put out will come right back to you.
Here is your homework challenge: When you wake up every morning, say out loud 3 things you are grateful for. Today I am grateful for my health, my family, and YOU for reading this far into this post. :)