Why You Need a New Personal Challenge

You’ve been coasting for some time now. You have found your “balance”. You’re comfortable.

The issue with the “comfortable” state is, because of the natural human tendency to become complacent and remain stagnant, you may get stuck at your current level. And if you get stuck, you stop growing. And if you stop growing, you’re left behind.

Growth is vital. When you stop growing, you miss out on many opportunities and a good part of your potential sits in you untapped.

You’re on a journey; you never “arrive”. Thus, you never get the luxury to stagnate. If you do, it’s a great expense.

For instance, the world is in constant evolution. Especially in the current era, where so many technological advancements are made, the world is evolving at a wild pace. And to keep up, you must continually challenge yourself to grow.

Setting new personal challenges pushes you to grow. And when you grow, you discover new interests, tap into your potential, expand your thinking, build your confidence, and develop new capabilities.

Life has its own way of presenting you with new challenges that force you to grow. However, you shouldn’t depend on this for your growth challenges. You must be intentional about setting new challenges for yourself.

In fact, every so often, you must step it up a notch and force yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and take on a new challenge.

What’s your next challenge? What’s the next project or activity you’re going to take on that will push you outside of your comfort zone? What goal, if you pursue, will lead you to grow tremendously?

When a child has mastered a grade, they’re promoted to the next grade. If they remained in the same grade, they would get great marks, they would be comfortable, but they wouldn’t grow. To grow, they must move to the next level, where they can be challenged and learn new ideas and skills.

When you insist on remaining in the place of “safety”, you stunt your growth.

Of course, setting a new challenge can seem daunting at first—which is why many fail to intentionally set new personal challenges. But don’t let this paralyze you; the benefits of challenging yourself outweigh the discomfort that comes with the journey of growth.

Know this. There’s so much more in you. But to release it, you must be willing to challenge yourself.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.