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5 Steps to Challenge Your “Inner Adventurer”

Posted on July 18, 2007

By David Wood

When we sometimes reach those points in life where ennui takes hold of our thoughts and actions, remember that this is probably something you’ve done to yourself. And the good news is that you can do something about it. Change can only happen when you allow yourself room to grow. Venture out of your comfort zones into unfamiliar territory with small brave steps by challenging your “Inner Adventurer.” Here are 5 ideas to start the process:

1. Get off the hamster wheel – We wake up at the same time, eat the same breakfast, drive the same route to work, talk about the same things upon arrival to the same people. Get off that hamster wheel and vary your life. Mix it up.  Take the bold initiative of trying something you’ve never done before. It doesn’t matter how big or small the change is. The important thing is to break your routine. The more often you try the easier it becomes. Soon you’ll be challenging yourself with something bold that fosters career or personal growth.

2. Face the fears that hold you back – Usually we don’t take the steps we need for personal growth because of those pesky nagging fears in the back of our minds. We certainly give that voice a tremendous amount of power over us. “I’m too old to learn something new.” “I don’t have time to take that yoga class.” “I’d love to try for that promotion, but what if I don’t get it?” Well, what if you do! Change the “I can’t” or “I shouldn’t” or “I’m too scared” to “I’m going to” and keep that promise to yourself. Most fears are paper tigers easily defeated when confronted head-on.

3. Embrace change – Change is inevitable, expect from vending machine as the saying goes.  It’s the only constant in life. As you know by now, life is rarely going to turn out the way you planned so learn to move with the tide. That great philosopher Yogi Berra said it best: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” His unintended wisdom is relevant.  Again, successful people know change occurs no matter how much we might wish otherwise. When it’s time to face the winds of change they go with it. By getting out your comfort zone on your own accord you’ll be more able to confront the unexpected when it comes along (as it surely will).

4. Accept help from teammates – The great thing about getting out of our comfort zones and seeking personal change is that we don’t have to go it alone. Take advantage of mentors, teachers, speakers, co-workers, and gurus to assist you in your new goals. People respond to those wanting to better themselves. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just challenge yourself a bit. Accept that there are people you might know more in the areas in which you’re uncertain and use their experience, encouragement, and wisdom to your benefit.

5. Do your homework – Short cuts are short-term solutions. As we all know from our school days, the walk to school in the morning is more pleasant when we did our homework the night before. Do your homework. Take all the necessary steps not just the easiest ones. This road takes a little longer, but the views are usually better and you won’t have to retrace your steps.

Get moving immediately and challenge your Inner Adventurer. The attainment of your goals is closer than you think.


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