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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
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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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15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)

15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It)
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It’s okay, you can finally admit it. It’s been two months since you’ve seen the inside of the gym. Getting sick, family crisis, overtime at work and school papers that needed to get finished all kept you for exercising. Now, the question is: how do you start again?
Once you have an exercise habit, it becomes automatic. You just go to the gym, there is no force involved. But after a month, two months or possibly a year off, it can be hard to get started again. Here are some tips to climb back on that treadmill after you’ve fallen off.

  1. Don’t Break the Habit – The easiest way to keep things going is simply not to stop. Avoid long breaks in exercising or rebuilding the habit will take some effort. This may be advice a little too late for some people. But if you have an exercise habit going, don’t drop it at the first sign of trouble.
  2. Reward Showing Up – Woody Allen once said that, “Half of life is showing up.” I’d argue that 90% of making a habit is just making the effort to get there. You can worry about your weight, amount of laps you run or the amount you can bench press later.
  3. Commit for Thirty Days – Make a commitment to go every day (even just for 20 minutes) for one month. This will solidify the exercise habit. By making a commitment you also take pressure off yourself in the first weeks back of deciding whether to go.
  4. Make it Fun – If you don’t enjoy yourself at the gym, it is going to be hard to keep it a habit. There are thousands of ways you can move your body and exercise, so don’t give up if you’ve decided lifting weights or doing crunches isn’t for you. Many large fitness centers will offer a range of programs that can suit your tastes.
  5. Schedule During Quiet Hours – Don’t put exercise time in a place where it will easily be pushed aside by something more important. Right after work or first thing in the morning are often good places to put it. Lunch-hour workouts might be too easy to skip if work demands start mounting.
  6. Get a Buddy – Grab a friend to join you. Having a social aspect to exercising can boost your commitment to the exercise habit.
  7. X Your Calendar – One person I know has the habit of drawing a red “X” through any day on the calendar he goes to the gym. The benefit of this is it quickly shows how long it has been since you’ve gone to the gym. Keeping a steady amount of X’s on your calendar is an easy way to motivate yourself.
  8. Enjoyment Before Effort – After you finish any work out, ask yourself what parts you enjoyed and what parts you did not. As a rule, the enjoyable aspects of your workout will get done and the rest will be avoided. By focusing on how you can make workouts more enjoyable, you can make sure you want to keep going to the gym.
  9. Create a Ritual – Your workout routine should become so ingrained that it becomes a ritual. This means that the time of day, place or cue automatically starts you towards grabbing your bag and heading out. If your workout times are completely random, it will be harder to benefit from the momentum of a ritual.
  10. Stress Relief – What do you do when your stressed? Chances are it isn’t running. But exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, releasing endorphin which will improve your mood. The next time you feel stressed or tired, try doing an exercise you enjoy. When stress relief is linked to exercise, it is easy to regain the habit even after a leave of absence.
  11. Measure Fitness – Weight isn’t always the best number to track. Increase in muscle can offset decreases in fat so the scale doesn’t change even if your body is. But fitness improvements are a great way to stay motivated. Recording simple numbers such as the number of push-ups, sit-ups or speed you can run can help you see that the exercise is making you stronger and faster.
  12. Habits First, Equipment Later – Fancy equipment doesn’t create a habit for exercise. Despite this, some people still believe that buying a thousand dollar machine will make up for their inactivity. It won’t. Start building the exercise habit first, only afterwards should you worry about having a personal gym.
  13. Isolate Your Weakness – If falling off the exercise wagon is a common occurrence for you, find out why. Do you not enjoy exercising? Is it a lack of time? Is it feeling self-conscious at the gym? Is it a lack of fitness know-how? As soon as you can isolate your weakness, you can make steps to improve the situation.
  14. Start Small – Trying to run fifteen miles your first workout isn’t a good way to build a habit. Work below your capacity for the first few weeks to build the habit. Otherwise you might scare yourself off after a brutal workout.
  15. Go for Yourself, Not to Impress – Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with only the goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to push yourself, gain energy and have a good time, then you can keep going even when results are slow.

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