Secrets That Elevate the Journey to Adventure

Stop giving your future away.

Own your journey.

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

#1. Build relationships that make risk-taking more likely. Choose people who kick you in the pants over those who affirm your excuses. Trust allies who believe in your potential, fuel your courage, and challenge you to get off your butt.

The people in your current circle reflect your future.

#2. Live your heart. Courageously align exterior behaviors with internal beliefs. Don’t sell your soul to “the man.” Ask, “What would my best self do?”

#3. Have ego. Egoless leaders don’t exist. Just don’t be a self-centered jerk.

  1. Embrace your power. Have the guts to express a viewpoint with candor and courtesy.
  2. When your viewpoint is rejected, be nice. Don’t pout. Joyfully move forward.
  3. When your viewpoint is embraced, be nice. Don’t gloat. Humbly move forward.
  4. Reject self-limiting beliefs about your potential. Choose, “I’ll try,” over, “I can’t.” Dream big about your service.

#4. Inconvenience yourself. Making a difference is never convenient. You can’t indulge yourself and serve others at the same time. Disadvantage yourself for the advantage of others. Believe hard work trumps entitlement. 

#5. Do it now in small ways. Go for it, as long as you have reasonable confidence that your actions will be helpful. Adopt a, “Let’s try it,” posture.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. Helen Keller

#6. Reach for your dream early. Be a little impractical. If you can’t quit your job to pursue your dream, chase it down on the weekends or after the kids go to bed.

#7. Get outside yourself. Broaden your circle. Talk less about yourself. Listen more. Show interest in others. Have enough personal confidence to talk with others about themselves.

What behaviors might make your journey an adventure?