Are You Challenging Yourself?

When was the last time you set a goal for yourself that made you a little uncomfortable, nervous, or even scared? For most of us, it’s been a while. However, I can assure you from experience that it’s just that kind of goal that will get you out of your comfort zone and lead to dramatic results!

The fact is, most people write goals that are easy to accomplish for one reason — fear of failure. Now, setting attainable goals is important too. There is no reason to set yourself up for failure! What’s important is to establish that line between unrealistic and challenging.

Let me give you an example, just last weekend 7 of our very own set a goal to compete in a local 5K run/walk. Now, to some this may seem like no big deal, but I can assure you that this was a challenge both mentally and physically. I spoke to them at the starting line and the word “nervous” was prevalent, and I love to hear that!

When you are nervous, scared, unsure, etc. and have butterflies about taking on your goal, there couldn’t be a better scenario for growth, not only in body but also spirit. It’s stepping outside your comfort zone like this that keeps you healthy, vibrant, and motivated for more! In doing so, you will develop a passion for fitness and health like you have never experienced; being unfit, unhealthy, complacent, even lazy will be a thing of the past.

Even for myself, after nearly 15 years of living the fitness lifestyle, I have to challenge myself in order to stay a step above the rest and make sure as a coach I’m walking the walk. That’s why I took on the challenge of the RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certification) instructors weekend — two full punishing days of Kettlebell training with multiple testing competencies. Check out the video footage to see what I mean!

You can challenge yourself on a more consistent basis by being a part of a fitness program with a structured path of progression or improvement, in other words, a tiered system with levels or steps. It is clear that this kind of structure in your everyday workout routine is critical for long term motivation and success. I mean we have all been stuck in that monotonous rut where we are doing the same things day in and day out, following that path will lead you to failure every time.

Having a multi level training program with clearly defined training levels and testing challenges that must be completed successfully before you can move to the next level of training instantly sets you on a path to succeed. This process will give you goals to shoot for and help keep you motivated long term with the idea of taking your fitness to the next level. This can be compared, if you will, to martial arts, when completing competencies are required before you can get your next color belt and begin more advanced training.

I know from experience that these challenges will take you outside your comfort zone at each level and maybe even scare you a bit, but in doing so will promote progress like you have never experienced before!

About Chris Gray
Chris Gray is the owner of Punch Kettlebell Gym Dover, Dover's premier personal training center. If you're not yet ready to begin your fitness journey with a free consultation, visit to instantly download a free report revealing "The Truth About Fat Loss", plus 4 other bonus reports from Dover's premier fitness expert.

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