Use challenges to build discipline.

One way to develop more discipline is to use challenges. This makes it more like a game and less like a chore. Also, there can be an element of competition with others, and having others help hold you accountable can improve your odds of success.

Challenges are easy to find.

Challenges are very popular, and you can find them in many places. Or you can make up your own and share it with a group of people. Create your own challenge or copy one from someone else to just challenge yourself. Whatever you end up doing, the choice is up to you.

Is the challenge realistic?

When evaluating a challenge, there are some factors to watch for to help you decide if it is the most beneficial option. You want to stretch yourself, but not to where you have no chance of success. For example, you could challenge yourself to lose 30 pounds in 30 days, but that is not very realistic. Be sure the challenge not too easy either.

You need to see if you have the time to devote to it. Be sure to include time for learning new things. For example, if you challenge yourself to build a new blogging website in 30 days, remember that if you have never done that before, you will need to learn some new things and that will take extra time above and beyond writing the blog posts.

Create some milestones.

Did you decide on an enormous challenge that will take a substantial amount of time? Be sure to create clear-cut milestones along the way to give you a sense of accomplishment. If your challenge, for example, is losing 60 pounds in a year, you need to set up smaller weight goals along the way so you can keep up the momentum. Milestones also help you see if you need to tweak your methods or end goals. If you lose 10 pounds in about 2 months, you are right on schedule. If you have only lost 5 pounds in that same time period, though, you may need to lower the amount you plan on losing in a year. On the flip side, if you lose 15 pounds in 2 months, raise the amount you plan on losing in a year or change to a shorter time frame.

Benefits of a group challenge.

When you do a group challenge, you gain added benefits. There is a sense of camaraderie when working together on a goal that you do not get competing only against yourself. Other people can give you ideas you may not have. For example, if you are in a group losing weight, people can share healthy recipes and support. Just remember that your primary competition is yourself, not other people, and you can really enjoy doing a group challenge.

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