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Travel Can Help You Discover What You Want In Life, Here’s Why

Travel Can Help You Discover What You Want In Life, Here’s Why

The chair on the beach in the picture above is calling your name. No, seriously — it is. If you’re longing to discover what you want in your life, traveling can help immensely. Here’s why.

Traveling forces you to act

It is very easy to become passive in your life and just drift through it. When you travel, you act. You make many decisions when you travel, from travel plans to where to eat to what adventures you’ll take. Traveling gives you plenty of amazing opportunities to take charge of your life and make decisions. Choosing to actively, intentionally live your life is one of the best things you can do to live a fulfilling life, and traveling gives you ample opportunities to spend your days intentionally, rather than being a passive drifter. Also, when you succeed in making small decisions, it can help you build the confidence to make bigger decisions in your life.

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It gets you out of your comfort zone

If you don’t know what excites you in life, you’re not going to find it by continuing to live and breathe the same exact routine every week, year after year. Traveling forces us to get out of our comfort zones. When we travel, we experience new things, which helps us grow. When we experience new activities, new cultures, and new schedules, it opens our minds to new possibilities. When you realize that not everybody in the world works in the 9-5 world, has kids by a certain age, or is chained to their desk, you start thinking that other lifestyles are possible for you too.

It’s great for self-discovery

If you travel solo, you can take time for self-discovery, which is an important part of discovering what you want in your life. You can take a journal with you, or this free workbook on how to find your passion, and spend some time reflecting on your life. Traveling alone can give you the time and space to think about who you most want to be without your typical outside influences. When you travel solo, you can shed the act you normally put on and truly be yourself, which will help you figure out what really matters to you.

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You can meet new people

Traveling gives you opportunities to meet amazing people from different walks of life. While traveling, you may meet people who have careers that you never knew existed. When you meet people doing work that is very different from the work you do, it can spark your interest in learning about new career paths that you’d never been exposed to in the past.

Also, when you meet new people, it increases your awareness. When you step out of the bubble of your typical life and meet people with backgrounds that are very different from yours, you might realize there are people you really want to help and discover the difference in the world you were born to make.

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It adds excitement to your life

When you’re doing pretty much the same thing, year after year, in your life, you can feel like you’re on a hamster wheel. Traveling completely ignites your life. This new enthusiasm about your life can help give you the momentum you need to make positive changes in your life that enable you to become the person you most want to be.

Whether you travel with a group or solo, there are many benefits to getting out of the daily grind. I absolutely love to travel and my adventures have been life-changing for me. I hope you enjoy the benefits of traveling as much as I have, and that you allow your travels to shape your life in amazing ways!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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