5 Steps to Challenge Yourself

Over the past few years, our society has gone through many changes, whether a new job working from home, finding a different place in life, or even making adjustments from losing a loved one. It may not be easy to take these steps in your life, you just need to take on these challenges to move into the next chapter. I want to share with you the 5 Steps I took to move forward and challenge myself.

Step 1: Set some Short-term Goals

We have all heard of those SMART Goals. These can be short-term or long-term goals. Since we are talking about overcoming challenges, these would be short-term goals.

Remember these goals are sustainable, measurable, attainable, and realistic, and have a time in which you want to achieve them. 

The biggest thing here is the time. Short-term means a realistic time frame say, this month, this week, or even today. 

Step 2: Surround Yourself with Good Mentors

This is easier to do than you may think. Evaluate the challenge of finding someone or some group of people who have similar challenges. Work together and learn from each other. 

Recently I started a new career in my retirement. In a career I never thought I would be in, even people around me said “You’re doing what?”

I noticed the people around me who have been in the business for some time. Did a little self-research listening to the way they succeed in the business. Took a lot of notes along the way of good behaviors, while ignoring the bad. Placed my own personality on my presentation, and now I have recently surpassed the goal I set for myself for this year.

Step 3: Never Giving Up

Never giving up is something we learn at a very young age. Having the mentality we did when we were learning to walk is really nothing quite the same. Yet our parents worked with us every day, never giving up in hopes that someday we would be on our own. 

All those days of never giving up eventually paid off. We started to walk a few steps, then a few more, then moved a little faster, and then began to run.

Step 4: Visualize Success

Let’s face a few facts, people like to see themselves succeed. Face this fact first and foremost. You will never see your name at the top of a leaderboard unless you can believe you are already there. 

I found one thing that works best for me is to take 5 minutes a day, either in the morning or in the afternoon. I do something I never pictured myself doing in my 55+ years. This takes some time to master, but it works for you in more ways than one. 

Find yourself a space where you feel safe and comfortable. Sit with your feet on the ground and your back straight. Focus on a sound, a spot in your vision, such as a spot on the wall. Think about your breathing while feeling the air as you inhale and exhale. 

Close your eye after about 1 minute of focused breathing. Visualize where you can see yourself based on your SMART Goals. Do this every day for a few months until it becomes a routine.

Step 5: Start Over

Now, I don’t mean go back to square one. What you should do once you have succeeded in some of those SMART Goals. Reset your goals just one more step higher, create a new challenge, and maintain the focus on the challenges you are setting for yourself. 

Remember the only true obstacle in your way is you.

Ken Kelli
Ken & Kelli Travel Advisor

Published by ksag3

After spending over 30 years in Public Safety as a firefighter and paramedic, Ken has retired from a career he loves. Ken was recruited to become part of a Specialized Team that focuses on introducing Holiday Inn Club Vacations and the array of benefits they provide. After, working in an industry where he can continue giving back to people while enjoying the love for travel. Ken makes himself available to help you start planning the memories you deserve for you and your family. You deserve to experience life to its fullest before your time here comes to an end. Ken will even put together a group trip for corporations, businesses, community organizations, and even school trips. This website is dedicated to Public Safety Professionals, Fire Responders, Military Veterans, and all who suffer from PTSD or any mental illness. Ken is sharing where he was, where he is, and more opportunities that just may work for you. Please stop by regularly for future updates.

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