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The Psychology of Challenges

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The Psychology of Challenges

Challenges have been utilized for a long time to create momentum. We usually challenge ourselves to do a task for a specific number of times or during a certain time-period. These challenges can be of various types: physical, mental, educational or any other type. As long as you have a goal, you are good to go! You can use the psychology around challenges and their benefits to aim at certain development patterns in a skill you want to use or a new habit you would like to build for yourself. 

So, why do we use challenges? According to an article on Medium.com, the concept of Progressive Resistance is the one fundamental thing that can create more value in our lives. The people who are into physical fitness can connect this concept to the one of progressive overload. The gradual increase of weight in order to stimulate muscle growth over time. If we look at the brain as one of our (if not the) most important muscles in the body, we need to build its power with progressive overload. 

This KA2 project is a perfect mix of both. As a participant, we aim to challenge you psychologically and create a consistent stream of challenges as well as physically. We aim to put you in a state of flow: never to make you feel too uncomfortable. That’s basically why we call it progressive resistance. 

Some of the main reasons why we want to take this path of subsequential challenges is mostly because: 

  1. Challenges develop mental power: sometimes you make yourself do the things you don’t want to do
  2. You test your own limits: it can happen that some things get too hard – and that’s okay. What we want to do, is see where we are at so we can adjust and work on it. 
  3. Challenges inspire you to be brave: taking the first step is scary. That is why you can train your fear and not be scared the more you do it. 

If you want to find out more about our project, please visit our About page.

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