Using Challenges to Develop More Discipline

One way you can develop more discipline is to use challenges. It makes it more like a game and less like a chore. Also, there can be the element of competition with others, and having others help hold you accountable improves your odds of success.

Challenges are prevalent, and you can find them in many places. Or you can make up your own and share it with a group of people. You can also make your challenge or use one from someone else to challenge yourself. However, if you end up doing it is up to you.

When looking to see if a challenge will be helpful to you, there are some factors to look for, so you can best benefit. Is the challenge realistic? You want to stretch yourself, but not to the point where you cannot succeed. For example, you could challenge yourself to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, which is unrealistic. You also want the challenge not to be too easy. You need to see if you have the time to devote to it. Be sure to include time for learning new things. For example, if you challenge yourself to build a new blogging website in 30 days, remember that if you have never done one before, you will have to learn some things, and that will be extra time above just writing the blog posts,Β 

If the challenge is a large one over a more extended time, are there clear-cut milestones to help you feel accomplished? If your challenge, for example, is losing 60 pounds in a year, you need to set up smaller weight goals to keep up the momentum. Milestones also help you see if you need to tweak the challenge, either lower or higher. You are right on schedule if you lose 10 pounds in about two months. If you have only lost 5 pounds in that same time, you may need to lower the amount you plan on losing in a year. Now if you lose 15 pounds in 2 months, you may want to raise the amount you plan on losing in a year or cut the time down to, say, ten months.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.

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