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7 Things You Must Do if You’re Truly Adventurous

7 Things You Must Do if You’re Truly Adventurous

Who doesn’t love a good adventure? These once-in-a-lifetime experiences are worth remembering until you’re old and wrinkly, and much more enjoyable to share with your children and grandchildren. If you’re an adventurous person, then you can’t get enough of hair-raising, adrenaline-inducing activities that push you to your limits and test your perseverance. That’s why we’re happy to provide you with a list of seven things you must do as soon as possible.

1. Cliff Jumping

If you’ve never been cliff jumping before, you’re missing out on a cheap, easy, and exhilarating activity that can be done in thousands of different locations around the world. All you need is a swimsuit, a safe cliff with plenty of water below, and a bit of courage. While you can plan a cliff jumping excursion to an exotic location halfway around the world, chances are there are also opportunities in your own backyard. Here are 15 of the top jumps in the United States.

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2. Zip Lining

Not exactly keen on the idea of jumping off a cliff? Maybe zip lining is more in line with your goals and expectations.

“Zip lining is not just about high-speed kicks. It’s a great way to really immerse yourself in the spirit of a place,” Expedia notes. “Whether it’s flying through rainforests in Fiji, past active Costa Rican volcanoes, over Hawaiian waterfalls or across the vineyards of Sonoma, few other outdoor activities give can give you such an eagle’s-eye view of the world as safely and as effortlessly as zip-lining can.”

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3. Sky Diving

Skydiving is the quintessential daredevil activity. It’s something everyone talks about, but only a fraction of people ever get around to doing. Once again, the great thing about skydiving is that you can do it anywhere. There are instructors in just about every large city and you can typically schedule an outing with very little notice. Once you conquer skydiving, everything else will seem simple and effortless.

4. ATV Off-Roading

If you prefer to be a bit closer to the ground but don’t mind high speeds and quick turns, ATV off-roading may be the perfect activity for you. ATV off-roading is not only fun, it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of nature. If you’re looking to test your endurance and immerse yourself in nature, try planning a multi-day excursion where you camp along the way.

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5. Cage of Death

Have you ever heard of the Cage of Death? Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin City, Australia allows you to enjoy the thrilling experience of diving with crocodiles – with a catch. Instead of free swimming with these dangerous creatures, you’re placed in a large aquarium-like cylinder that’s submerged into a tank of massive crocodiles. As a result, you get to enjoy the heart-pounding experience of swimming with 15-foot crocodiles, without the risk of losing a limb.

6. Hot Air Ballooning

If a brush with death isn’t your idea of being adventurous, don’t worry. There are plenty of other opportunities to be adventurous without staring down hundreds of razor-sharp teeth. Hot air ballooning is one of them. Try it out for yourself and see what you think!

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7. Swimming With Sharks

If you try the Cage of Death and enjoy the experience, you may consider swimming with sharks. There are a variety of different dives available, including free-dives with whale sharks and cage diving with great whites.

Start Planning for the Weekend

While it may take you several years to cross each of these seven items off your bucket list, you can start right away. Pick an adventurous activity, find a friend, and schedule your next weekend getaway. The only thing you’ll regret is not doing it sooner.

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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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