How To Challenge Yourself.

Challenging oneself is an essential aspect of personal growth and development. It enables you to explore new possibilities, overcome obstacles, and reach your full potential. However, challenging oneself is not an easy task. It requires discipline, motivation, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. In this blog post, we will explore some ways to challenge oneself and achieve personal growth.

  1. Set Goals: Setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals are the first step in challenging oneself. Goals give you a direction to focus on and help you to stay motivated. Identify what you want to achieve, break it down into smaller milestones, and set a timeline to achieve each milestone.
  2. Take Risks: Taking risks can be scary, but it can also be rewarding. Stepping out of your comfort zone and taking calculated risks is a great way to challenge yourself. Try something new, experiment with different ideas, and be open to feedback. Taking risks can help you discover your strengths and weaknesses and enable you to grow.
  3. Learn Something New: Learning a new skill or taking a course is an excellent way to challenge oneself. It can be something related to your work or something entirely new. Learning something new can boost your confidence, improve your knowledge, and open up new opportunities.
  4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone: Your comfort zone is where you feel safe and secure, but it is also where growth stagnates. To challenge oneself, you need to get out of your comfort zone. This could mean doing something you have never done before, speaking in public, or confronting a fear. Getting out of your comfort zone helps you build resilience, develop confidence, and face challenges head-on.
  5. Track Your Progress: Tracking your progress is important in challenging oneself. It allows you to see how far you have come and gives you a sense of accomplishment. Keep a record of your achievements, setbacks, and lessons learned. Use this information to adjust your goals, refine your approach, and keep moving forward.
  6. Surround Yourself with Positive People: Surrounding yourself with positive people can be a great motivator in challenging oneself. Seek out people who inspire you, support your goals, and challenge you to be your best self. Positive people can provide encouragement, feedback, and accountability when you need it.

Challenging oneself is a vital aspect of personal growth and development. It requires discipline, motivation, and a willingness to step out of your comfort zone. Setting goals, taking risks, learning something new, getting out of your comfort zone, tracking your progress, and surrounding yourself with positive people are all ways to challenge oneself. 

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As an Art Director with over 10 years of experience in the agency and corporate world, I saw global and local clients missing out on so many opportunities to get leads because of inconsistent branding. My goal is to help them generate new clients with my strategic processes. I help businesses NOT waste time or money and provide the highest quality design and service. As a single mom to an autistic child, I know how valuable time and money are. 

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Business Motivation: How Can We Motivate Others

I am sick of hearing and seeing people put others down. Everyone always wants to be right but does it really matter? Didn’t your parents tell you, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all?” We are human, and we all have feelings. We all want to help and feel good about ourselves. I want you to compliment someone every day, and realize how awesome you feel.

I have managed to change my mindset on most days. There are some days when I have bad days and am in a bad mood. I am human, guys. But, even then, I try to be nice and make someone’s day better. You literally don’t know what someone is going through, so be kind to one another.

When I first started going through my transition in life (a divorce), I began to realize a lot of things including mindset. I’ve always had a positive go-get-‘em attitude, and I felt like I lost it for so long. I felt like I couldn’t be the person that I needed to be to achieve success. I am in charge of myself, and that’s the easy thing to say. I realized that I wasn’t happy; I couldn’t even allow others to feel good. I realized when people started to compliment me, I felt good and wanted to give back to them. See how that works?

Life happens, period. We let kids, spouses, family, friends, work, life, or whatever to get in the way. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to grow, overcome, and change. This growth is where the mindset comes in. You have to take challenges and risks every day. You have to change “I have to” to “I get to.” For example, I used to say, “I have to get up this morning and do all this crap, and I don’t want to.” I then started to say, “I get to wake up this morning and help my clients, take care of my son, and be an independent woman.” Which one do you think worked better for me? By realizing I have a great morning to start with, it helped me start the day right.

Friends and family around me would uplift me by saying certain things and helping me change my mind. Your mind can be your worst enemy. Whenever you get those negative feelings or thoughts, block them out. But honestly, we all need to motivate and compliment one another more. It doesn’t matter who but let’s do it more. If we can give one compliment or saying a day to someone, we would live in a better world. Think about how much better the world could be.

Open up to someone, and realize that they might be able to help you or even listen to you. We all have a story, we are all human, and just want to live and feel good.

P.S. If you receive a compliment, say thank you and give a compliment to the next person.


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How To Stay Motivated When You Work From Home

I have been working for myself officially now for almost two years. During that time, I have realized that I needed to have a ton of control in my life to be successful. People tell me all the dang time, “it must be nice to work from home” or, “I wish I could work from home” or even, “I couldn’t work from home.”

I like to think that I have always been well-disciplined and can get items done that need to be done. Being an entrepreneur has its perks. Even with kids running around, cooking dinner, and doing everything in between, I am still able to get motivated and focused.

  1. SHARE GOALS AND PLANS WITH FRIENDS: I know there will be times when we all want to slack off. There are days where I go to the spa instead of working, but it is because I know that I can pick up when I get back. I am part of a mastermind, and also have a sales coach; both of these seem to help me stay accountable. Furthermore, my parents are always by my side when it comes to running my business. I keep them informed and allow them to know my business goals and plans.
  2. THINK BIG PICTURE: Your mind is going to wander, so get that straight. From writing to social media to photo editing to networking, your list will go on forever. You will want to tackle bits daily, but you need to know that you are in charge. Focusing on the end game is much more motivating than seeing each task as an individual chore. Find a way to see the big picture and the end game that you want, and what the steps are that you need to make to get there. Too often I find myself seeing the end of the results for my business but unsure how to get there, so I make a plan. I draw a huge plan and write it out on my whiteboard + make sure to have it visualized in front of my desk daily. This process helps me to stay focused and reach that goal.
  3. CELEBRATE LITTLE MILESTONES: You cannot get to the end game or the big picture unless you celebrate every little milestone and learn from the past. I will tell you that I had to do both; it is just the nature of the game and being an entrepreneur. I have learned that EVERY single small milestone matters. Sending out that email, knocking off the emails, whatever it is, it matters.

The truth is working from home is great; I don’t mind it at all. I am very well-disciplined and can manage my time and see the big picture of where I see myself, and my business. Tell me, what do you need help with working from home?


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Self-Care: Set Goals Every Day

It’s that time of year when people go crazy over setting goals and resolutions. You know: I want to lose weight, or I want to be a millionaire… whatever the heck it is. It is not feasible. The thing is that you should be setting goals every single day; it helps you be a better person and make you happy.

For the longest time, I wasn’t doing this… it caused me not to know what I was even doing with my life and have issues with my marriage, business, son, etc. Your goals every day can be something as simple as ‘doing yoga.’ I mean, all you really need is something simple.

Here are some ways to change yourself.

I recently listened to a podcast, and it said to do one new thing each day or one different thing per day. This advice caused me to realize we are habitual people. Meaning we like schedules and habits, but let’s just be realistic. If you take a different route each morning or do something different, something new could happen.

Here’s the thing, I never believed or cared about resolutions. How can you expect something to last a year long?? That seems nearly impossible. Think about how busy you are. You are going to skip parts. It is really tough to keep a goal. This reason is why I set goals daily.

I am sure that you have heard by now, that a new year calls for a word of the year as well. I do tend to pick a word for the year and have for 2019, but I also like to do affirmations every day. Look in the mirror and let yourself be powerful and positive; you are self-worthy.

How about we set a goal every day? That seems simple enough, right? I challenge you to start now.


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