Battle Challenge: Do You Challenge Yourself Enough?

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Battle Challenge! Do you challenge yourself enough? Maybe the two most fundamental reasons people don’t achieve as much success and personal change as they want are that they don’t think big enough and they ‘play it safe.’

Battle Challenge!: No Challenge; No Success

If there is no challenge, then there is no success.  It is really tempting to stay in the ‘safety zone.’  You know, keeping it safe, thinking safe, acting safe is… comfortable.  If you don’t challenge yourself, you can’t fail.  You can’t be embarrassed.  If you don’t fail, no one is going to get on your case, but no one is going to think you are trying to better yourself.

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In fact, we are all trying to better ourselves.  You are, and I am.  I woke up this morning and I wanted to do better.

I wasn’t satisfied with where things were. Perhaps you felt the same?  If I were satisfied, that would imply that yesterday was perfect and couldn’t be improved upon.

Battle Challenge!: What is playing it safe, really?

No one lives in that kind of perfect world.  Thinking safe saps you of your inspiration.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, was ever achieved in life by remaining safe.  Sure, sometimes things are lost, but nothing was ever achieved by playing it safe.  You are receiving this information because you want to change some aspects of your life.  Again, everyone does.  But it takes courage.  The alternative is to stay safe.  But what is safety really?

It is not challenging yourself.  It is a refusal, or at least a reluctance, to embrace your life purpose or your human potential, and really, it is a refusal to contribute to, craft, or create your potential future, the future you could have.

Battle Challenge!: Think Bigger!

Give yourself permission to think bigger, allowing your potential to erupt into life-affirming creativity.  Be dissatisfied with where you are, and make the decision to do better.  In any area of your life, these are the drivers of human change or success.

Thinking safe is death by suffocation; but commitment to change has a certain power that is without question.

Battle Challenge!: No Excuses!

Many people would say, “But I can’t do it! I don’t have the resources or the means to do what I want; I can’t achieve my goals without them.”  These are excuses, and all excuses are lies.

They are lies your brain tells you.  You may not have what you think you need, but you have creativity, resourcefulness, means, and methods to get it.  All you need to set the ball rolling is the vision – the vision to work towards acquiring it.  If you do not yet have the tools to achieve your goals, then make it your first goal to acquire those tools.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques Every client that comes to me would say some variation of, “I can’t do it.  I can’t cope with it.  I can’t manage.”  But after experiencing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques (CBT Therapy) with me, then they say: “I can do it.  I can cope with it; in fact, I can change it.  I have power.  I have agency.  I have the means to change my life!”

Battle Challenge!: Challenge Yourself Everyday

Let’s work to move out of the ‘safe is good trap.  Every day you must challenge yourself to do better, or risk the “safe is good enough” trap.

Now, that means different things for different people.  It doesn’t mean criticise yourself as a failure and give up.  That is not doing better.  It does mean you embrace a life-change goal and work towards it.  If that alternative future looks bright and worthwhile, then simply taking small steps towards it is almost a guarantee of success.

Do it and do it now… today.  Be bold, because boldness has magic in it. The author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is often cited as writing:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

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