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  1. Goal Setting – What drives you and why it’s important to follow through

    September 17, 2013 by Jenna

    When I contemplate on goal setting I tend to think of it as a way of setting my path towards the future and what I would like to achieve, whether personally or in a career sense.

    Goals motivate you, challenge you to your limits and teach us lessons throughout our journey. Sometimes these lessons show you what you are capable of once you have achieved those goals and if we fail or need to take a step back we learn what  could have been done differently or ways to improve for the future.

    A goal begins with a thought, an idea, a dream or a vision. But thought without action creates nothing and that is where goal setting comes into play.

    Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted (S.M.A.R.T ) goals.

    Before I begin to set out a goal I like to ask myself the following questions:

    Have I written down what I want to accomplish? It may seem like a simple process but often when we think of something and don’t write it down we then become distracted and the goal ends up being put into the ‘to do’ basket for a later time. Not only is writing down the goal important, but also weighing up the strengths and weaknesses of what you are about to do to make sure that it is something you are capable of achieving within a period of time.

    Have I told someone about it? Believe it or not, by letting others know what you want to achieve can help motivate you and also holds a sense of accountability when it comes to keeping on track with your goal setting.

    Have I broken down the goal into smaller tasks to achieve within a timeframe? I tend to find what can put an individual off of goal setting can be the size of the goal, especially if you plan the goal years in advance. With everything else going on in our lives and our schedules, big goals can seem cumbersome and therefore too hard to pursue further. But if you set smaller tasks within a timeframe and something that can balance with your everyday lifestyle, the less overwhelming it will seem and the closer you will start stepping towards achieving that goal.

    Am I keeping a record of my experiences so that I can evaluate them when assessing future goals? Don’t be afraid to record your achievements, after all, accomplishing something allows you to know what you are capable of and you can also assess what worked or didn’t work for future opportunities. Also, you may never know who may approach you one day wanting your advice on a similar goal or path to take.

    Am I having fun and celebrating the achievements along the way? Once committing to the goals and putting the plans into action are you taking the time to enjoy the experience? Are you celebrating (no matter how big or small) those little accomplishments along the way? Are you taking the time to acknowledge those who have helped you along the way? I tend to find balancing your personal happiness and relationships along the way are vital to an ultimate fulfillment in achieving your goals.

    What’s next? I remember a couple of months ago being asked this question and being stumped! We don’t need to limit our goals to just one at a time, as long as we organise the goals and allow a proper time frame to achieve them our goals can become stepping stones to the next one and then the next. As the saying goes, ‘When one door closes, another one opens.’

    When I booked the Kokoda Trail it was almost a year prior to the trip taking place. I allowed this time so that I could complete the steps needed to make this goal happen. Items such as finances (to pay for the trip, transportation, emergency expenses, gear), purchasing the right hiking equipment (by doing the appropriate research and testing this beforehand), training preparations (scheduled gym sessions and training walks with a pack on), and trying to learn the history/geography of the trail before going on the trip of a lifetime.

    This didn’t mean that I didn’t have setbacks along the way, such as neglecting training because I was ‘too tired’ or letting other distractions throw me off the planning process. However, I had booked this trip with a close friend of mine, and during my low times I would receive a text reminding me of my next trek training date or we would send emails of the latest news updates of the area or inspirational images of places we were going to see along the walk and it really helped motivate me.

    This motivation and preparation led me to take on something that I was passionate about and that I wanted to accomplish. And while the Kokoda Trail itself had elements of unpredictability and challenges, if I had not taken the necessary measures to prepare for this goal I wouldn’t have been able to take with me the great experience that I can now share with others today. So if your goal is something that you are passionate about and that you can realistically achieve, stick with it and don’t let yourself get side tracked, because after all it is your life and you don’t want to spend your time regretting what you didn’t do.

    What are your goals and dreams for the end of the year?

  2. Happy New Year – Celebrating the successes of 2012 and look forward to what is to come in 2013!

    December 18, 2012 by Jenna

    Well another year has flown by and already it is the festive season once again. And as we move closer to the countdown to bring in another year, we can’t help but reflect on the past year and look forward to what is to come in the future.

    My year has been one of many changes, both professionally and personally.

    I started a career in a new industry, and I have since grown to become so fondly attached to the great group of colleagues in our office. I have learned a lot in this role and about the industry, not to mention the trends of social media. Our team has really evolved over that period of time and I am excited to see how our company will grow and progress in the future.

    I have personally achieved a number of physical goals this year. I traveled to New Zealand and completed a 100km walk for charity in just under 28 hours. And tomorrow I am heading off to take on a new walking challenge in Nepal. What seemed like a pipe dream only a year ago, the reality is now here, and with months of training, hiring gear and learning as much as I can about the destination, it is now time to take on the next challenge that will lead into an exhilarating start to 2013.

    So what has stood out for you this year?

    Did you achieve all that you had wanted to accomplish? Did you set realistic goals for the year?

    Well for those of you that didn’t get close enough to achieving your goals this year, the good news is a new year is fast approaching, so why not make the most of it!

    This month, we asked what you want most from 2013 and this is what you said:

    • 50% are looking for career advancement within your organisation
    • 30% are looking for a more successful work / life balance
    • 20% are looking for career advancement with another organisation

    So how are you going to make your goals a reality in 2013?

    For me, it is most important to set the goal and then work out the steps I need to reach that goal. But more importantly I needed to choose the right attitude to keep motivated. ‘Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.’

    If I did not choose to take the steps to follow a new career path, I would most likely be in the same place today as I was last year, without the knowledge and experience I have gained. Sometimes getting outside of that comfort zone is the best way to test how courageous and determined you really are.

    I can’t say I can look back on some of the challenges that I have conquered with any regrets. Can you? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

  3. Two Weeks To Go Until Jenna Baril Completes The Ultimate Challenge For Oxfam New Zealand

    March 20, 2012 by Jenna

    I cannot believe how quickly time has passed! When I think back to August when we initially met as a group to discuss taking on this 100km journey for charity I thought we would have plenty of time to prepare ourselves before the big day. Although we have been training extensively and we are stronger than ever, I guess the ‘reality’ of the event being just around the corner hasn’t hit us until now.

    While training at the gym and partaking in long walks and camping adventures together (and also the Warrior Dash in February for a bit of fun as you can tell by this image) we have also had some amazing blessings come our way. Sponsorship is underway with some very generous donations so far, we confirmed a support crew when we thought we would have to complete the walk carrying our own supplies and our teammate Ryan La Motte also proposed this month and is now engaged!

    We have been in mud, rain and overcast weather to intense humidity, so our shoes are definitely broken in! We’ve climbed through dry riverbeds, climbed up rock faces by rope and have seen some of the most beautiful sunsets and even storms over the horizon. Regardless of the locations we have travelled, seeking the next adventure, every experience has been different, challenging and beautiful in its own unique way.

    Our team have learned some important lessons from our experiences together which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • When camping together on a remote island, NEVER ration bug spray  – you will regret it.
    • Most flies and insects that bite are attracted to the colour blue and will bite you twice as much.
    • Finding a coconut on a remote island will not always mean the milk inside is fresh
    • Do not dare fellow participants to partake in any activities that will have a damaging effect on your eyesight.
    • No matter how much you try to boil it, salt water will still taste like salt water and is no substitute for fresh.
    • Make sure to have a proper rain jacket and do not attempt to wear a poncho while climbing.
    • If you are extremely pale in complexion, like myself, you will get burnt on an overcast day… every time.
    • A tin of tuna can go a long way between five people for lunch.
    • Finding a toilet facility on your bushwalk does not always mean it will be a sanitary experience – always carry wet wipes.

    Now we are contemplating any final packing requirements and will be departing on 30th March 2012 to New Zealand to Taupo where our journey begins.

    So why are we doing this walk? For those of you that are not familiar with Oxfam, here is a little background information that you may find useful: Oxfam exists for a very simple reason – Because poverty and injustice are unacceptable. We believe everyone can play a part in creating a world free from poverty. Oxfam Trailwalker is your chance to make a difference.

    Everyone has the right to the essentials of life – clean water, food, shelter, sanitation, healthcare, education and a livelihood to support themselves, their children and their community. Everyone also has the right to live free from violence. These are fundamental rights and we believe they can be achieved for us all.

    Oxfam New Zealand works in Africa, Asia and the Pacific with poor communities and local organisations to help people address the root causes of poverty. But we recognise that to achieve lasting change we also need to challenge and change unjust policies and practices that reinforce poverty. That is why we work not only at the grassroots level but also with organisations, institutions and governments at the national and international level.

    Oxfam’s belief in fundamental human rights underpins our work around the globe and our campaigning and advocacy work. We are fighting for a world where every person has:

    • The right to a sustainable livelihood
    • The right to basic services such as health, education and safe water
    • The right to life and security
    • The right to be heard
    • The right to an identity

    To find out more about our team ‘The Bush Ramblers’ or to find our more about Oxfam’s click here for more details.

    On behalf of our team we thank you for taking the time to read this blog and we appreciate the support of all of our sponsors so far. We will make sure to keep you posted on our upcoming results!

  4. About Us

    March 14, 2011 by Jenna

    Established in November 1992, Challenge Consulting is an ever-evolving, always-adapting organisation. It has at its foundation a strong, talented, people-focused team working daily on the front line of candidate and client management.

    We are a recruitment agency. Our close-knit team of Consultants and Account Managers is focused on providing clients and candidates with a job placement experience that is both professional and personal.

    We are also more than a recruitment agency. Our suite of People Services encompasses Team Building, Organisational Diagnostics, MBTI and Professional Development Workshops, Outplacement Programs, Psychometric Assessments, Online Skills Testing, and Career Guidance Programs.

    We work with clients and candidates nationally and internationally from diverse backgrounds and industries. Our goal is to provide a superior, innovative and dynamic service with every project.

  5. About Our Blog

    March 11, 2011 by Jenna

    What is the Challenge Consulting Blog all about? We’re glad you asked! In essence, we wish to put the wonders of modern technology and social media to work to unite the Challenge Consulting community.

    We work with clients and candidates nationally and internationally from diverse backgrounds and industries. The Challenge Consulting Blog is our way of bridging the divide and providing an informal, safe, relaxed forum for the exchange of ideas and information from the ever-changing world of recruitment, staff development and career management.

    Our goal is to present the experiences, ideas and opinions of our talented team of consultants in a real and entertaining way. They work daily at the frontline of candidate and client management. We also want to inform our readers with the latest national and global industry trends, ideas and innovations, and to invite you to get involved via your comments and feedback.


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