What do you look for when you set goals for your life? What are their attributes? Are they:
- Easy to attain?
- Within your comfort zone?
- Not too challenging, so as to be assured of success?
If these were the types of goals I had set, or if I hadn’t set any goals at all, the question I’d be asking myself is, “If I’m not challenged, how am I growing?”
Part of growing and getting better at something, or getting better at life in general, is to do things that challenge us. When we’re challenged by a new thought, goal, or idea, it causes us to do things differently than we have in the past. That difference often causes discomfort, and that’s good. While this discomfort is not always enjoyable, many times it is what leads us to the greatest growth and positive change we experience in our lives.
Take getting into shape, for example. You can go to the gym and keep lifting the same light weights you started with and do the same light-level cardiovascular workout you’ve always done, because it is easy and you know you can do it, but how are does that help you grow in your strength and endurance and cause you to become the healthy individual you desire to be? Where’s the challenge? Where’s the growth?
Knowing that when we are challenged, growth occurs, where in your life could you stand to be challenged? What challenging goals can you set for yourself today that will cause you to grow into the person or life you seek? Once you’ve set those goals, decide in advance that you’ll persist through the discomfort that will occur when you are challenged, and know that doing so will result in rapid growth toward the person you’re striving to become.