We all know there are proven benefits to taking vitamins, going to the gym, and eating right. However, I bet I'm the first to suggest adding ADVENTURE to your life.
If you are looking to take your life to the next level or wanting to be better prepared for life's obstacles, this post is for YOU! If you are currently happy with your life and not keen on rocking the boat, this post is also for YOU! If you prefer to watch this post, click here for my TEDx Talk.
Now, before I unveil the benefits of adventure, I must make sure that we are all on the same page.
What is Adventure?
I want to debunk the myth that you must be an adrenaline junkie and willing to jump out of a plane to embrace adventure.
I define adventure in this broader sense:
Ad-ven-ture /adˈven(t)SHər/: any new activity that is all consuming, perhaps fearful, that puts you in the zone. It can be physical, mental, emotional, and/or a combination of all three
The examples of adventure are endless: learning a new sport, going on a blind date, challenging yourself with a hike/run/exercise class, writing your first blog, traveling to a new place, or even seeing a familiar place in a different way.
Why Add Adventure to Your Life?
By attempting something that is new and a little scary (a.k.a ADVENTURE), you will reap these three proven benefits. (If you prefer a TEDx talk, watch this or read below.)
Three Benefits to Adventure
1) Clarity and Focus
The clarity and focus felt during and after adventures, both big and small, are similar to yoga, walking labyrinths, gardening, and other more traditional forms of meditation. That’s why I believe and have written in many published works as well as books that, “Adventure is my meditation.”
By adding adventure, you are eliciting your Fight or Flight response. That energy is adrenaline meant to keep you alive, focused, on task, and letting everything else go, including bodily and cognitive functions that aren’t necessary, including multitasking, to-do lists, worrying, and other nonsense.
3) Better Prepared
By frequently adding new activities that challenge you to overcome nerves or fears, you become better at handling life’s curveballs. You can be better and faster at focusing and shifting your mindset when you get unexpected and unfortunate news. Through adding adventure, you embrace these Plan B's more easily. Let's face it! There is no good time to get fired or receive an unfavorable diagnosis at the doctor’s office, but these life events will happen and not when it’s convenient.
There are NO Excuses!
You can add adventure to your life close to home, for little to no cost, and in a matter of minutes. Try spending a night in a tent in your backyard or going to work on the bus, train, or walking instead of driving. Maybe you go to a new networking event or plan frequent trips to new states or countries. Little changes over time make big results.
What’s your next adventure?
Please comment below with your next adventure and of course feedback on this post.
As always, here’s to looking up!