The benefits of challenges

By August 5, 2016Indigo


Whether large or small, challenging ourselves leads to many rewards.

Professionally, we see the benefit of challenges and setting ourselves goals all the time. Getting out of our comfort zone forces us to find creative ways to develop our skills and is often the best way to find out what we’re capable of.

Equally outside of work, setting personal goals for ourselves can help us improve in ways that benefit us across the board.  Whether we want to get fit, save some money or pick up a new skill, challenges force us to look at where we are now and figure out how we’re going to get to where we want to be. When we find it difficult, the feeling of satisfaction which comes from knowing we stuck at it is often its own reward.

Even the smallest of challenges has its payoff. So for the month of August, we’ve challenged everybody at Indigo to get on their feet and walk at least 10,000 steps every day, which we’ll add up to see if we can reach a team target. Whether we’re walking to work or using our lunch breaks to squeeze in a stroll by the Leith Shore, we’re making sure we’re on our feet as often as we can.

Its early days, but so far some of us are finding it easier than others. It’s not always easy maximise activity in the office, but we’re already seeing some creative ways to boost the step counts. Laps of the kitchen while the kettle is boiling definitely helps.

There’s nothing better to support a challenge than a team that’s working with you to meet that goal. It means we have others to take inspiration from, to keep it fun, to compete with and to hold us accountable when we don’t quite try as hard as we know we should.

Hopefully we’ll all end the month a little fitter and maybe with a few new tricks to keep us more active after the challenge is over.

Eilidh Dickson is an Account Executive at Indigo