This is my advice for today. In 2016, I have worked on building on this perspective.
Finding Someone to Challenge Me
Today, I want to share what I’ve found through this process. First off, it is imperative to connect with people who challenge themselves. These type of people are great people to associate with and learn from. I have learned quite a bit from some of the people I connect with. I see close-up what drives them and how they work toward achieving their goals. I enjoy listening to good motivational podcasts. It takes awhile to find really good people I want to listen to that actually bring value every time they talk.
As far as confiding in someone, I am still working on this area. I am not a big one to hold someone else accountable to a goal. I chose more to listen. I find too many times in the past I thought I needed to solve someone’s questions. I have completely backed away from this thinking and gone more to listening. In addition, I listen to ques and make notes.
This leads nicely in to the next topic.
Finding Something to Challenge Me
Track your goals and accomplishments. I do it on my time. At the beginning of 2016, I made one of those resolutions to lose weight. First week good, but after that came diminishing returns. Today, I am happy to report I am seeing much more substantial progress because I actually committed to a new lifestyle and the program I am on sends a daily email on what to focus on. It’s a great program. I’ll tell you more sometime this year. The key for me was tracking progress over a week. Also, write it down.
For Christmas, I received a Fitbit. this item is a great daily reminder for me that I need to stay active. I like watching the instant heart rate display and making sure I get my goal of 10,000 steps a day. It was amazing to me how much time I sat. Being active can make all the difference. Also, it is always good to see how many calories I have burned throughout the day. The sleep display also indicates how many times I rolled over during the night. It is amazing the correlation between sleep and productivity.
As I’ve indicated before, a strong Faith life is also important. Spending time in the gospels and prayer is a great way to challenge my thoughts for the day.
By challenging myself, I really believe it helps me want to help others. Challenging myself ultimately has to result in helping others or it becomes a selfish act. Wanting to serve others, (family, friends, co-workers, clients) more is ultimately my overall goal. I find great strength and satisfaction in challenging myself to ultimately be a better person. It starts with “Me” and ends with “Others”. I can only achieve this through God working through me in prayer and faith.
Start challenging yourself today! Find someone or something to challenge yourself.