10% Challenge

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The easiest route is to stay in bed that extra 10 minutes on a Sunday morning. The difficult route is to say no to that early night when you are having fun. The choices we make in life become routines of habitual rituals often without conscious thought. The alarm goes off , jump out of bed do probably what you have done for days, weeks or even years.

The 10% challenge could be a personal , family , business or with any group. The idea is to stop and reflect on areas of your life with the aim to improve by 10%. You could argue that figure is too high why not 1% or 5%. The problem is when you start low it is harder to increase the percentage and performance because it becomes two tasks rather than one. Psychological it is more effective for the mind to have higher goals than mediocre low threshold motivations. Locke and Latham’s Theory basically says that motivation and performance are effected by the level of challenge. Imagine you had a 50% challenge that could lead to disappointments and frustration. The other extreme of 1% could feel too easy to bother and put effort forward. The Reward incentive area in the brain will be activated at the right level by positively programming the brain for future growth at the right goal % challenge.

You could start the 10% challenge in 4 main areas of your life then break each area into subcategories. The advantages of this will help you to focus on 1 challenge to implement into your life as a habitual functionality. For example the area of personal a subcategory could be money. Assess the budget and implement the needed changes. Word of caution so you don’t become overwhelmed or disheartened by the challenge keep it simple. Money category could be divided down into subcategories or up scaled simplest equation of 10% all total income per month save 10%.

Here is a suggestion of 10% challenge with subcategories

1 Personal life

A: Money B: Health C:Relationships D:Recreations E:Other

2 Family life

A: Time B:Quality C:Needs

3 Work Life

A: Productivity B: Satisfaction C: Time

4 Social life

A: Engagement B:Quality C Functionally


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About Stephen Hyne

I am creative and curious about life. I have a passion for the brain and the psychology of human behaviour. I love the renaissance art, culture and architecture. Music is my best friend follows me on my life journey of discovery.

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