Say YES to Adventure!
Exciting adventures will come your way at unexpected times. Stay open to saying "Yes!"
Ever since my kids entered my life and became my top priority, I've been quick to steer away from decisions that take me away from my comfort zone or a normal routine. If something was uncomfortable, difficult, or requires a lot of planning, I'd probably let it pass. My justification was usually centered on keeping my family and finances as a top priority. Family vacations mostly consisted of going to the same beach, staying at chain hotels, and eating at chain restaurants. Although we always had a wonderful time as a family, I wonder how many awesome adventures I allowed to pass me and my family by due to laziness or being too frugal!
Is it Time to Do Something Different?
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
If you find yourself in a rut at work, at home, with vacations, holidays, your workouts your hobbies, or any other aspect of your life that is depriving you of passion and energy, it might be time to do something different. Ask yourself: "Is this feeding my soul or moving me closer to my goals?" If the answer isn't a resounding "Yes", then take some time to question what needs to change. Sometimes it's nothing more than choosing an attitude that helps drive fulfillment, but often, something more substantial needs to change. Even if something provided joy and sparked passion in times past, it may be worth finding something different.
Find Your Adventure
Opening yourself to something different allows you to open yourself to adventure! An adventure doesn't need to be a spectacular box-office-thriller story of risk and high stakes, it could be simply something you've never done before or haven't done in a long time. Instead of the normal Friday night trip to that same restaurant, take the family bowling! Instead of vacationing at the same beach, try renting a cabin in the mountains! Instead of going for the same jog on the same route, try introducing wind sprints to your workout!
Yes, this can apply to work as well. Your team would probably welcome a little adventure in their day to day routine. Are your staff meetings becoming horridly stale, predictable, and boring? Change it up! Take your team on an adventure by adding spice to the agenda. Some examples:
Ask everyone to spend 2 minutes describing their most exciting vacation
Have background music for the entire meeting. Or have everyone play their favorite song as their background music when it comes their time to talk
On a nice day, hold the meeting outside. Maybe a walking meeting!
Invite someone from a different department as a guest speaker
Open Yourself to the Possibility of "Yes"
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Knowing that something different is needed is one thing, making the decision of what to do and doing it is another. Sometimes the decision is easy and clear; a new restaurant opened up and everyone's talking it up. Might be worth a try! Others might not be so obvious and requires discernment to ensure you are making decisions in alignment with your values and priorities:
A job opportunity comes your way in a field you never considered. Is the timing right for my career and my family?
You're invited to join your friends on a trip to Patagonia. Can I afford it?
A non-profit you support asks you to be on their Board of Directors. Do I have the time and energy to commit to this?
It's critical to make decisions that are aligned with your values and your priorities, but the first step is to open yourself to the option of saying "Yes". Even if your first reaction is to say "No way!" and let it pass, take a moment and imagine what it would be like to say "Yes". If you find yourself feeling energy and excitement, you might need to keep the option open!
Your Call to Action
In all aspects of your life, are there areas that used to give you joy and fulfillment but now seem mundane and routine? Are you too comfortable in your decisions you're making at work? Are you tolerating your own laziness or frugality? Take the time to find an adventure and open yourself to the possibility of saying "YES!"
You owe it to yourself!