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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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Featured photo credit: Reynermedia/https://flickr.com via flickr.com

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7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

7 Steps For Making a New Year’s Resolution and Keeping It

Are you keen to reinvent yourself this year? Or at least use the new year as a long overdue excuse to get rid of bad habits or pick up new ones?

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when we feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The time when we misguidedly imagine that the arrival of a new year will magically provide the catalyst, motivation and persistence we need to reinvent ourselves.

Traditionally, New Year’s Day is styled as the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when you must make your all important new year’s resolution. Unfortunately, the beginning of the year is also one of the worst times to make a major change in your habits because it’s often a relatively stressful time, right in the middle of the party and vacation season.

Don’t set yourself up for failure this year by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep. Instead follow these seven steps for successfully making a new year’s resolution you can stick to for good.

1. Just pick one thing

If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead pick one area of your life to change to begin with.

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Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change you can go ahead and make another change after a month or so. By making small changes one after the other, you still have the chance to be a whole new you at the end of the year and it’s a much more realistic way of doing it.

Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s bound to fail either, like running a marathon if you’re 40lbs overweight and get out of breath walking upstairs. If that’s the case resolve to walk every day. When you’ve got that habit down pat you can graduate to running in short bursts, constant running by March or April and a marathon at the end of the year. What’s the one habit you most want to change?

2. Plan ahead

To ensure success you need to research the change you’re making and plan ahead so you have the resources available when you need them. Here are a few things you should do to prepare and get all the systems in place ready to make your change.

Read up on it – Go to the library and get books on the subject. Whether it’s quitting smoking, taking up running or yoga or becoming vegan there are books to help you prepare for it. Or use the Internet. If you do enough research you should even be looking forward to making the change.

Plan for success – Get everything ready so things will run smoothly. If you’re taking up running make sure you have the trainers, clothes, hat, glasses, ipod loaded with energetic sounds at the ready. Then there can be no excuses.

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3. Anticipate problems

There will be problems so make a list of what they’ll be. If you think about it, you’ll be able to anticipate problems at certain times of the day, with specific people or in special situations. Once you’ve identified the times that will probably be hard work out ways to cope with them when they inevitably crop up.

4. Pick a start date

You don’t have to make these changes on New Year’s Day. That’s the conventional wisdom, but if you truly want to make changes then pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people. I’ll be waiting until my kids go back to school in February.

Sometimes picking a date doesn’t work. It’s better to wait until your whole mind and body are fully ready to take on the challenge. You’ll know when it is when the time comes.

5. Go for it

On the big day go for it 100%. Make a commitment and write it down on a card. You just need one short phrase you can carry in your wallet. Or keep it in your car, by your bed and on your bathroom mirror too for an extra dose of positive reinforcement.

Your commitment card will say something like:

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  • I enjoy a clean, smoke-free life.
  • I stay calm and in control even under times of stress.
  • I’m committed to learning how to run my own business.
  • I meditate daily.

6. Accept failure

If you do fail and sneak a cigarette, miss a walk or shout at the kids one morning don’t hate yourself for it. Make a note of the triggers that caused this set back and vow to learn a lesson from them.

If you know that alcohol makes you crave cigarettes and oversleep the next day cut back on it. If you know the morning rush before school makes you shout then get up earlier or prepare things the night before to make it easier on you.

Perseverance is the key to success. Try again, keep trying and you will succeed.

7. Plan rewards

Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. After that you can probably reward yourself once a week with a magazine, a long-distance call to a supportive friend, a siesta, a trip to the movies or whatever makes you tick.

Later you can change the rewards to monthly and then at the end of the year you can pick an anniversary reward. Something that you’ll look forward to. You deserve it and you’ll have earned it.

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Whatever your plans and goals are for this year, I’d do wish you luck with them but remember, it’s your life and you make your own luck.

Decide what you want to do this year, plan how to get it and go for it. I’ll definitely be cheering you on.

Are you planning to make a New Year’s resolution? What is it and is it something you’ve tried to do before or something new?

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