6 Ways To Challenge Yourself

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Challenge is good. It is important to challenge yourself. Without challenge, there is no REAL growth. Challenge helps you grow. It strengthens you. But challenging yourself requires you to do things differently. Here are some strategies that will help you do just that:

Ask questions: asking great questions, not good questions, allow you to see things in different ways. Great questions are provocative. Great questions are stimulants. Great questions lead to more questions, not to more answers. Great questions yield more questions, not more answers. E.E. Cumming said, “Always the beautiful answers who asks a more beautiful questions.”

“Always the beautiful answers who asks a more beautiful questions.”- E.E. Cumming

“Great questions yield more questions, not more answers.”- E. Bright

Take risks: you cannot succeed without trying new things. You cannot succeed without getting out of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is not a comfort zone, it is a “dream killing zone“.Get out! When you have the courage to try new things, you are taking risks.It is better for your growth, to try new things than to remain doing the same thing without adding values to your life.Take a calculated risk, and you will never be the same again. The great Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.” Yes, nothing will happen unless you try. You are your own driver.Wherever you drive yourself to, there your destiny is. If you don’t try, you won’t know whether or not it will work. Just try!

“Your comfort zone is not a comfort zone, it ‘a dream killing zone’.”

E. Bright

“Nothing will happen unless you try.”-

Maya Angelou

“Only one who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”- T.S. Eliot, essayist



Motivate yourself: self-motivation is what you need to succeed. When you can motivate yourself, you can succeed in anything. Because their is no bachelor in self-motivation. It is either you have it or not. Mark Twain said, “Anything you are good at contributes to happiness.” A job well done motivates people more than anything else.

Do extraordinary things: if you really want to challenge yourself, do what others are not doing.Do what others are running away from. Do things that are hard to accomplish. Why? Because they will stretch your mind. But if you continue to the things you already know, or have already done, extraordinary growth will not happen. Extraordinary growth comes from stretching your mind, not from relaxing your mind. I am not saying you should abandon what has been working for you. If it works well for you, continue to do it. If not, it is time to change your strategy. Yesterday’s strategy was designed for yesterday’s problems. Today needs a different strategy. If not, you will be left behind. W.Clement stone said, “Aim for the moon, if you miss, you may hit a star.” To add to that, in Orison Swett Marden’s words, “All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”

“Aim for the moon,if you miss,you may hit a star.”- W.Clement Stone

“All who have achieved great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”-

Orison Swett marden

Take responsibility: not everybody can take responsibility for their own mess. If you can do it, it makes you stronger, not weaker. The ability to take responsibility for your own mess is what makes a great person, a great leader, and a great life. Abraham Lincoln once said, “You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”Winston Churchill, another great leader, said,” The price of greatness is responsibility.”

“You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”- Abraham Lincoln

“The price of greatness is responsibility.”- Winston Churchill

Challenge the status quo: status quo means doing the same things over and over again, even if there is no progress.It means “same.” If you have the courage to challenge the established ways of doing things that are not working, innovation and creativity are the results. You cannot find status quo in the company of creativity and innovation. Also people cannot be creative in a company where doing the same thing over and over again is the norm. According to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Taking a new step, uttering new words, is what people fear most.”

“Taking a new step, uttering new words, is what people fear most.”-

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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