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A Challenge to Myself

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It was cold and deep in my sleep was thinking about having my me time with a hot cuppa coffee and reading a book, having the most valuable time with myself. Suddenly the alarm goes on…trin!!trin!! I woke up like an andreline rush and realized that my son changed the alarm last night while playing and poor me who forgot to change it. It’s already 8 am and I have just 1 hour to wake my son up, make him ready, feed breakfast, pack his lunch and drop him to school. It was a challenge for me, and I was determined to win this challenge.

I ran and woke my son up. Cuddling in the blanket, he said “Mom 5 mins please”. Ahaan get up please, you will be late and finally I managed to get him ready and make lunch and feed him and dropped him on time. This was the time I proved myself that I am capable of much more.

Within each day of motherhood lies a challenge that has the potential to shape you into a better version of yourself.

It’s a season, season of realizing the love for yourself, self-sacrifice and self-reliance that you hold in every phase of motherhood. It’s a never-ending mirror that challenges your action, your attitude, your words, choice and belief. Challenging yourself everyday helps you to see yourself more clearly and when I got the opportunity to see myself in the mirror of life, I questioned myself “Who am I” , “Do I like to see what I am seeing”. To be true, I have learned more about myself in the last 4 years rather than in 31 years of my life.

Challenges can be made daily. It is like setting a target for yourself. But as a parent, sometimes we don’t get time to fit in the challenge. Work, family and the other household chores takes up the time and that’s the reason that we must challenge ourselves every day.  

Key Factors behind the Challenges

  1. Motivation: Not everyone is motivated by a one thing. Everyone is motivated by different things. Some are motivated by finances; some are motivated by status but to me personally challenging myself bring motivation. Try it and I know challenging yourself will spur the motivation.

 

  1. Accomplishment: A sense of achievement has its own charm and when you get this, you never would ever want to move out of that zone. It seems so good when you finish the challenge. I promise you that when you do this, you will emerge out to be more confident like never.

 

  1. Inspiration: be the inspiration to yourself and to the world. Do you know yourself as to how much you can do and achieving it? Be the inspiration to the world. Your friends and family will be involved and would love to be involved and they will be interested. Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you to complete the challenge. The challenge will help you grow and will empower you.

 

  1. Reaching your Potential: How far can you go? You must be sitting here reading this post. When are you getting up and setting yourself a challenge? Get up and start planning now. Think about a challenge that you want to take. It can be anything like learning to cook, start a 5k run. Challenging yourself will help reaching your potential.

 

  1. It teaches you life experiences and lessons: Every challenge that you take will teach you something or the other. It will take you out of your comfort zone and it’s that, when you rediscover yourself.

 

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Let me pose you a question today. Are you up for a challenge? I want you to think of the ways you can challenge yourself as a parent. Take a minute and think of one way that you would like to stop doing as a parent. It could be anything like yelling at your children, fretting about the small stuff and much more. You must decide what matters to you as parent and what you need to change. And that’s what this challenge is all about. We as a parent need to challenge ourselves at each intersection of life because this challenge will not only strengthen you but will also bring lot of positive change around you.

 

Let’s look at how you can complete this challenge:

  1. Commitment: This is very important because we tend to lose the commitment to any changes in our behavior or usual routine. If you have challenged yourself that you will not yell, try following it for 2 days and then go on increasing. Commitment is very important for any challenge.
  2. Build in Relapse: This might be like a negative thinking for one but for me this encourages me to keep up with my challenge. This will keep you on track. If you are thinking that you must spend more time with your family, the things will come up to disrupt your challenge for yourself. But instead of giving up that one week you had to spend time with your family. Remind yourself that relapsing into the old ways is a part of the process and you can start again the next week.
  3. Be confident: Change is really difficult, and you need to be confident in what you are doing. Be confident that you are making progress and you have decided to make change in the first step. You can track yourself by letting your family know that you are challenging yourself. Cheer yourself on every challenge you take.

 

 

Challenging yourself as a parent is an evolving process and it will help you to discover more things about yourself. And when you push yourself to do something different, you will be a role model for your challenge.

Start Challenging yourself. I have full confidence in you that you can do it!!

Happy Parenting!!

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