If you are looking to improve yourself, it is up to you to make changes that will change your everyday life. Putting in hard work is necessary if you wish to grow yourself and pave the way to a more successful future. This might be the sign you were waiting for in order to start challenging yourself in order to improve certain areas in your life. The personal growth challenges you choose to follow can be bigger or smaller. Regardless of that, they are always a great place to start and can help you discover a lot of things about yourself. If you need help finding the right challenges to get started, here are some ideas you can use.
1. Set a morning routine for yourself
One of the biggest challenges you can set for yourself is following a certain routine every single morning. Many people struggle to find a way to start their day that will make them feel awake and motivated. This might be a good chance for you to start such a routine and enjoy its benefits. A simple and measurable goal is to start eating a nourishing breakfast every single day.
The important thing to remember is to start slow. You do not need to start waking up earlier and doing more things immediately. Take it one step at a time and only add new things after you are able to easily keep up with each day’s schedule. This way, the morning routine won’t become a chore and you will enjoy every part of the process.
“If you win the morning, you win the day.” – Tim Ferriss
2. Make little notes with positive affirmations
A great way to challenge yourself to grow is connected to the way you talk to yourself on a daily basis. Change comes through positive situations and using positive affirmations can help you feel happier and more confident. You can start this challenge by putting your favorite affirmations on post-it notes and placing them around your house. Some great affirmations you can learn and challenge yourself to repeat daily are the following:
- I am worthy.
- I am enough.
- I don’t sweat the small stuff
- I am capable of change.
- I can do anything I set my mind to.
Repeating these affirmations on a daily basis can help you remind yourself of how worthy you are of good things to come your way. Change might not happen overnight, but believing you are capable and worthy of it will make things a lot easier.
3. Declutter your house and working space
If you tend to let things clutter around your house and working space, this is the perfect challenge for you. Keeping your house clean and tidy surely requires energy and time but leaving it cluttered will impact your productivity. You can break this challenge into smaller goals and make it a lot easier for yourself to keep up.
For example, you can start by setting up a system to take out the trash every day. Along with that, you can try to always return things to their spot after using them. These simple steps can help you set up new habits and ace this challenge without any issue. At the end of the day, the more organized your personal space is, the more productive and positive you will be.
4. Read a book every month
Something that can truly change your life for the better is reading more books. Books have so much to give you and it is very sad that fewer people seem to devote time to reading. Books can help you find a productive way to spend your time, offer you the knowledge and help you expand your vocabulary and way of thinking.
Thankfully, technology has helped us make this challenge a lot easier. Services such as Scribd and Audible give us access to thousands of audiobooks. If you have a hectic schedule and can never seem to find the team to read, you can switch to audiobooks instead. By listening to a chapter while you drive to work or do the laundry you will be able to easily reach your goal every month.
5. Limit the time you spend on social media
While phones might be necessary for our day-to-day life they can also become quite addictive. Making sure to get enough off-screen time is essential and can help you change your life for the better. This challenge is an easy one on paper but can be rather challenging. You should start by turning your phone off an hour before you sleep.
Getting some time away from the screen will help you spend more time doing other things you enjoy. Along with that, it can help you improve the quality of your sleep and make you feel less nervous. Instead of spending time looking at what others are doing online, spend this time for yourself. Cook a meal you enjoy or practice some yoga before bed and spend your time doing something good for you.
6. Try to take a walk every single day
If you live a hectic lifestyle, you might find that you never have enough time to exercise on the daily. Going to the gym might not be an option for many reasons, but going on a daily walk can be the next best thing. Apart from exercising, walking can offer you more benefits than you can imagine.
Taking a walk can help you find some time with yourself and your thoughts. It can allow you to rethink certain situations and things that bother you and allow you to see them with a clear mind. Some fresh air and a change of scenery are necessary on a daily basis. Spending more time with yourself can prove very useful when it comes to your personal growth and walking can greatly contribute to that.
“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” – Mary Davis
The point of the personal growth challenges is to motivate you to try new things and lead a better life. It is only normal that you will not be able to complete every challenge you set for yourself. Instead of being upset over that, try and find ways to make them work in your favor and unlock new skills. Which of these challenges are you looking forward to trying the most?