Become The Explorer
When I was a kid in boy scouts, we used to go hiking. Getting to the campsite was pretty hard. Walking up steep hills in the hot sun for hours and hours. But for some reason, when we’d make camp, me and my buddies would get a sudden burst of energy.
Throw off our packs and go running around, checking the place out.
As an adult, I have done a bit of traveling. Once I get to a new city, get settled into a hotel, I like to go out and explore.
Once, after about a 16 hour flight, I arrived at my destination about 7 PM local time. I had the intention of heading out for something to eat, and then hit the sack early.
But once I lost myself in the wonder if a big and strange foreign city, once again I felt that surge of energy. I didn’t make it back to my hotel until dawn.
Humans are natural explorers. We aren’t content to live boring lives filled with easy and safe routines.
To be sure, sometimes having a safe routine for a spell can be JUST what the doctor ordered. Retreat and regroup, mentally, physically, spiritually.
And it can certainly be easy to fall into a rut. Same day different stuff. Work, home, TV, eat, sleep work, etc.
The good news is you don’t have to hike some huge mountain or travel to a foreign country to break up your routine (although it would certainly help!)
All you’ve really got to do is change things up a bit. Even going out to eat once in a while, when you’re used to be eating at home can be enough.
Once you start to shake things up a bit, you’ll start to reawaken your natural, creative, explorer self.
The one that sees life as an adventure, instead of a chore.
Of course, this requires that you’re willing to take some small risks. Go places you’ve never gone before. Meet people you’ve never met before. Talk to strangers, if only to experience the pleasure of meeting new people.
This can absolutely be scary and uncomfortable. But it can also be exhilarating, and lead to some pretty amazing discoveries.
Not only about the world, but about yourself.
No matter WHO you are, or WHAT you’ve already accomplished, making a decision to slowly but consistently expand your comfort zone can pay MASSIVE dividends.
But you’ll never know unless you try.
This will make it easier: