The worst mistake we can make is stop challenging ourselves in all areas of life.
We´re all meant to thrive, to grow, to be better every day and the only way to keep growing is by challenging ourselves. The moment we stop challenging ourselves and we get comfortable we stop growing and we start going backwards.
We need to keep pushing ourselves and probably we´ll hate those moments, we need to get out of our comfort zone and most of us are afraid of the unknown or the pain we need to go through physically and mentally, we don´t want to feel any pain, we don´t want to work, we are lazy by nature but if we accept this we will fail over and over, we´ll never accomplish anything worthy and all our potential we´ll be lost.
Setting goals and plans and going through challenges is hard especially when you´ve lost confidence in yourself. Believing in yourself, self-confidence and self-esteem are key when you face challenges, the bigger the challenge the more confidence you need to have in yourself, but what happens when you´ve lost all that confidence and you don´t believe in yourself because you´ve failed before? This is why starting with small challenges is important, if you start with big challenges probably you´ll fail, not because you´re not capable but because of your mindset.
A life without challenges is a boring life, challenges are what make life interesting especially if you love or enjoy what you´re doing, I´m sure you can remember a time when you were facing a challenge, anyone it can be building Legos or a puzzle even, it can also be challenging yourself in the gym focusing if you can hit a certain number of reps with a certain amount of reps, I´m pretty sure you were really concentrated on what you were doing that time passed more rapidly and when you finished you felt a sense of accomplishment, you felt great, your confidence increased, you felt like a champion.
Now, most people doesn´t want to go through all the struggle of facing a challenge, they prefer the comfort and security of a 9 to 5 job, they prefer to be where they are instead of doing the hard work needed to get somewhere or something way better. Most people live this way in comfort and security, but if you look at their lives closely you´ll see it´s quite boring.
Living in comfort and security is not actually living, I´m not against a 9 to 5 job if you are willing to challenge yourself, learn and do whatever you need to do to be the best at what you do, if you´re a secretary what do you need to do to be the best, if you work in a bakery what can you do, what do you need to learn to bake the best and most delicious pastries, donuts, cakes, etc? If you´re a teacher what skills do you need to learn to become the best teacher?
If you really want to live you need to face challenges, life is difficult and the moment you decide to take charge of your life and start living you will start facing challenges that makes life exciting, to make sure you´re going on the right direction you need to be clear on what you want to achieve otherwise when you get faced with an obstacle or challenge you may be paralyzed not knowing what to do, you might make the wrong choices or you can give up, when you know what you want it´s easier to make choices and know what you need to do, what´s going to move you forward to you goal?
We all are capable of going through any challenge we jus need to believe in ourselves and have the confidence which is what small challenges do, starting small is always the best road to success, it builds confidence and the mentality you need to go through bigger challenges and keep growing.
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