One of the most successful ways for us to accomplish personal goals is to set a challenge before ourselves.
This is the technical definition:
Lets define the terms as it relates to self improvement: when I say "challenge"I don't mean to a duel, or to take an opportunity to prime our ego or flare feathers. I mean a personal challenge, something that impels us to improve a skill or an understanding, of our own initiative.
For example, we can challenge ourselves to better our physical health by exercising a few minutes more per day; or we can challenge ourselves to work more productively by meeting a certain goal every day for a number of days.
I recently came across a blog challenge wherein new bloggers are motivated to improve their writing by posting a new entry every day for a certain number of days. My Fitbit challenges me to attain a certain step goal per day. Rather than a challenge that triggers self-defense mode, these are positive, self initiated and self propelled challenges, that help improve us.
Now it's about you! Remember, how you communicate with yourself determines your entire experience. It's a great idea to talk to yourself about your goals, and better to write them down. (read my 3 step communication post here) And adding a positive challenge for yourself will drive you closer toward your goal.
What is your challenge? Share it here in the comments section - because written communication helps cement what's on your mind :)