I Implemented 3 Challenges From Can’t Hurt Me: Here Are Those 3 Challenges & Why You Should Apply Them Too
I started reading Can’t Hurt Me just a few days back and honestly, before picking up the book, I had a belief that it’s going to be another dose of temporary motivation. However, after reading the book, my perspective changed.
Although, I found it quite boring at times but equally loved the narration and 10 challenges that are given at the end of every chapter.
I, though, skimmed through the most part of the book where I felt overloaded but I religiously did the first 3 challenges and will be doing the other 7 as well.
Today, I am here to share with you those 3 challenges that I did, why you should do them and how it can change your life for good.
3 Powerful Challenges From Can’t Hurt Me:
We all want to become successful, don’t we? But then what’s stopping us? Well, there can be many hurdles that are blocking your path and it’s not limited to you. Hurdles come in everyone’s way, what really matters is do you even know what are those hurdles?
Some people keep hitting the same wall yet don’t get the results, Why? Because you never take out the time to reflect on what are the mistakes you are making, and what’s standing in your way.
In the first challenge, David Goggins says, pull out your journal, write down exactly what’s stopping you from achieving your goals? Are you standing in your way or someone else is stopping you? Are your own negative self-talk, self-doubt the reason you are not hustling or past bullies are haunting you?
The logic is quite simple, if you don’t know what your problem is, you will never know its solution.
Let me be very honest with you. I did the similar challenge and found that the only thing stopping me is my “unclear intention/motive behind my hard work”
I realized that I am working my ass off, doing everything that it takes to be what I want to yet I am not getting desired results. Why? My vague intention behind my action.
I dare you to take out your journal/notebook and reflect on your life to find out what’s limiting your growth.
It’s time to come eyeball to eyeball with yourself, and get raw and real. The second challenge is a bit harsh but extremely important for your future.
Take out your journal again and write down “what are your dreams, your ambition, your goals, your current situation and exactly how you can achieve all your goals”
Be as real with yourself as you can and create a step-by-step process on how you can become your desired future.
For example: If you see yourself in the mirror and find an overweight person, say to yourself that I need to lose X kg weight, I can’t gain more fat in my already fat ass, that’s what David says.
If you want more education and knowledge to achieve your goals, acknowledge the fact that you don’t know enough instead of sugar-coating your situation.
Due to all the stupid social media positivity, we all have started thinking that we shouldn’t call our weaknesses and insecurities. While I think too much positivity can make you an ignorant person.
You have to acknowledge your mistakes and weaknesses so that you can take accountability and actually start working on it. Self-improvement can be done when you know your-self not when you are talking about your weaknesses as strength.
For example: I told you earlier that my limitation was my unclear motive. In this challenge, I broke down my big dream into small ones like what I want to achieve in the next 6 months and then in this year. I set the goal of taking my Instagram page to new heights and for that, I need to collaborate with other creators, make reels, interact with my audience, improve the quality of my content and be consistent. Result?
Now my unclear actions have a clear intention and I know what I am doing and where it will take me. After this challenge, I ask myself, ‘Can this action take me where I want to go?’
I dare you to sit back, take out a journal, write down exactly what are your goals, what’s your current situation and how you can achieve your goals. This challenge may take a while but after this, you would not wander here and there like a lost soul, you will have a purpose and a clear path to walk on.
As Robin Sharma says, “If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you ever reach there”
We humans love comfort, don’t we? Netflix over hard work, blanket over hitting the gym, social media over books, and so on. But what’s wrong with this? I mean, humans are designed to find comfort and security so why should we even think of something that’s out of our comfort zone.
Well, the only reason I know is ‘if you keep doing what your mind finds comfortable, you will become a slave of your mind.’
In the third challenge, David asks us to do something that’s beyond our comfort zone but is extremely important for our growth. Something that you have been putting off for XYZ reasons, something that can make you the strongest version of yourself.
For example: When I read this challenge, I could think of 3 things that I have been putting off since long.
a) Cold shower: I have skin issues and my doctor strictly asked me not to take a hot shower otherwise my infection might increase. Now, a cold shower in the cold is like signing on your death note. I took hot showers daily and suffered immensely. But after reading this challenge, I realized how my mind wants comfort in everything. After that, I took the cold shower challenge and now it’s been 2 months since I am taking cold showers. I am not going to waste your time on its benefits, you can Google that or simply ask your parents.
b) Meditation: I have read over 100 books and in half of them, I came to know about the benefits of meditation. It’s after reading this challenge, I started doing meditation and the results are mind-blowing.
c) Journaling: I started journaling almost 2 months back but doing constantly after this challenge. Result? I now know myself better than ever, I don’t feel anxious or stucked, I feel happier than ever. All because I did what was initially uncomfortable to me.
David says that the when you do even the small things that make uncomfortable, you make yourself a little stronger and send a signal to your brain that you are the boss not a slave.
I dare you to do one thing that makes you uncomfortable, it could be talking to a new person, sharing your work on social media, reading a book, doing 5 minutes of meditation or anything else. I can promise that after this one challenge, you will feel accomplished and more confident than ever.
I will be sharing with you the other 7 challenges soon, till then do these 3 challenges and let me know the benefits that you experienced.