In almost everyone I meet, I see an adventure just waiting to happen. Some people already know what they want to do. The ‘one-day I’ll….’ people. I also meet lots of people who couldn’t tell you what their dream adventure is. They don’t even know it is a thing and, if they do, they don’t see it as something that is accessible to them.
So what qualities do you need?
I always tell people that the hardest part of a challenge is the stuff that comes before you have even set off. For most adventures, fitness and toughness can develop while you are away. Logistics is just something you work through as you go. I also think a lot of people put too much weighting on money and making this a reson not to do it. There are lots of different funding options and ways to do an adventure on the cheap.
The real challenge is the mindset needed to make it happen in the first place. There are 3 traits that I have that I think were key to getting me where I am today…a full-time adventurer!
1. Willingness to take a leap
With every idea I ever had that came to light, I remember a moment when a conscious decision was made to make it happen. Commitment is more important than knowing all the answers. You might not have the details you need or a plan in place, but it doesn’t matter. You just need to know you are going to go for it regardless.
Don’t hesitate to take that leap.
Say to yourself, no matter what, This. Will. Happen.
That kind of positive attitude can take you a really long way.
2. Being a ‘doer’
I wasn’t born a doer, its something I taught myself to take on. As soon as I have committed, I start doing.
Need to find out some information about something for your challenge? Don’t say you will do it, just do it – right now. This second.
Don’t over think things, re-writing to-do lists or aimlessly searching the web. Procrastination is the biggest waste of time.
A great way to get into this mindset is to do something every day towards reaching your goal – sending an email, booking a flight, going to a training session. It means you will always go to bed one step closer to making your dream happen.
3. Seeking opportunities
It’s important to grab hold of opportunities when they come your way. But even more important than that is making opportunities happen for yourself in the first place. If you sit in a comfortable routine waiting for something to come to you, it’s probably going to be a long wait.
Instead, put yourself out there. Meet people. Go to events. Try new things. Sign up for everything you see that you like. Apply for grants and funding, even if you don’t think you will get it. New doors of opportunities and ideas will soon start flooding your way.
Check out this List of Adventure Opportunities if you don’t know where to start.