A personal challenge is something that's hard for you to do that you plan to do anyway. These are taken on to shake things up when you feel things aren't going well or to push yourself to achieve more in life. The following are illustrative examples of a personal challenge.
Agent of Change
Break Bad Habits
Be Honest With Yourself
Take Calculated Risks
Ask for Help
Test Your Grit
Build Up Others
Give It Up
Pursue AdventureAdventures are the things that get the heart and mind racing. For example, travel or perhaps moving to a foreign country if you are passionate about the local language and culture.
Leave Comfort Fight the path of least resistance such as a job or routine that’s easy but unfulfilling.
Start OverIt’s often not too late to completely rethink things.
Be VulnerableTry things you’re not good at doing. Be honest about your flaws.
Go Back Be brave to recognize a mistake and reverse course.
Let GoOvercome nostalgia, sadness, disappointment, bitterness and regret.
Face FearsIf you fear public speaking, find every opportunity to do it.
Pursue ChangeLife change such as changing your career or major.
Pursue OpportunityStart a business or go after a difficult-to-get promotion.
Agent of Change Start leading change as opposed to following it.
Say YesAllow others to lead to learn from them.
Break Bad HabitsIf you have a bad habit this is a huge opportunity to improve yourself.
Be Honest With YourselfTry to see yourself in a realistic and forgiving light. For example, assessing your work performance each day with a critical perspective.
Take Calculated Risks These can be small daily things such as introducing yourself to others.
GrindDo the work required to get what you want, even if it’s a little boring.
Be VisibleStart shining more in social situations, even if it’s hard.
Go SoloDo the things you want to do without waiting for the social stars to align.
Forgive Others Bitterness and spite aren’t brave, forgiveness is harder and it frees you.
Cut TiesFree yourself from those who really aren’t on your side. This doesn’t mean that you estrange yourself from people because they have flaws and failures.
Authentic PursuitsBe yourself where this is important to you, fitting in and following convention has its place too.
Life TransitionPursue a life transition such as starting a family.
Ask for HelpSome people find it very hard to ask for help even when they really need it.
Face RejectionOpen up even where you may be rejected.
Test Your Grit Do things that might blow up a little in order to build grit and resilience e.g. challenge a tough boss in a meeting.
Imagine MoreAggressively cultivate your imagination.
Build Up OthersTry to see the potential in people and build them up.
OutcompeteJoin in competition and try your hardest to outcompete. Play the game.
Creative ExpressionPursue creative expression such as art or music.
Give It UpShake up routine, complacency or mediocrity by giving things up on a regular basis. For example, no internet on weekends.
Set RulesSet rules for yourself such as a dietary rule designed to improve your health.
Set StandardsChallenge yourself to achieve higher standards of behavior. For example, trying to be nice to people even when they don’t strictly deserve it.
EngageEngage the people around you and become a real part of the culture and community.
Be DecisiveTry to make timely and rational decisions without help in an environment of uncertainty.
Take ResponsibilityContribute more and become an important part of things – someone that everyone relies on.
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