“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Hellen Keller
1. Diving With Sharks
Lets start this list with an astonishing face-to-face encounter with one of the most magnificent animals underwater. Swimming freely with whale sharks or diving in a cage surrounded by other not-so-harmless types of sharks is an exciting and enriching adventure that you’ll never forget.
Beqa Lagoon (Fiji), Guadalupe Island (Mexico), Tiger Beach (the Bahamas), Neptune Islands (Australia) are famous for shark diving, just to name a few of all the awesome places where you can adventure.
2. Sky diving
This sport is one of the best experiences you could ever have in your life. For those who do not like the sinking feeling of free fall, sky diving is great, since you’ll only feel a floating sensation, until (hopefully) the parachute opens.
3. Bungee jumping
One of the most common of adventure sports, yet a shot of adrenaline that usually takes place in beautiful landscapes around the world. From Victoria Falls, Zambia (364 ft) to Niouc, Switzerland (623 ft) there are tons of spots to try, and if you want to take it to the next level, there’s always the possibility to make the jump from a moving object, such as a hot air balloon or helicopter.
4. Cavern diving
Explore beautiful underwater environments with clear waters and captivating geological formations. Inside of a cavern, you’ll have a ceiling overhead, but an entrance and visible light from the sun are always in sight. Among some of the best locations to explore we can name the Mexican “Cenotes” at Yucatán, “The Great Blue Hole” at Belize’s Lighthouse Reef, the Chinhoyi caves at Zimbabwe or the Devil’s Eye, in Florida.
5. Kayaking Down The River Rapids
Kayaking down the river rapids or white waters, is incredibly exciting and dangerous too, which is why you need to have some skills before you get in there. Rivers and rapids are rated by difficulty and different types of paddling can be done in this sport.
Imagine launching from a slope with a wing overhead and your skis on, strong winds occasionally allowing you to take off for a few seconds. This sport will offer you the perfect balance between the snow and the sky. The Eiger, a 13,020 ft mountain in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, is among the most extreme destinations for this and other adventure sports.Advertising
Gliding over amazing landscapes while comfortably sitting on a harness in a free flying, foot-launched aircraft is something that you cannot miss in this lifetime. It is possible almost anywhere in the world, although there are some amazing well-known sites as Dune Du Pyla, France or Olüdeniz Turkey.
8. Competing In The Patagonian Expedition Race
A wild challenge in one of the most breathtaking spots in the world, this race has everything, from glacier valleys, rivers and swamps to steppe plains. This expedition is an experience that will make you feel more alive than ever, a fascinating journey that will test you in every way and show you nature in its wildest form.
9. Surfing Colossal Waves
Not a lot to explain here. Big waves can be found in Australia, Hawaii, California, Tahiti, Cape Town, just to name a few. Be prepared, some of these places offer not only deadly waves but shark filled waters.
10. Volcano Boarding
Yes, you can actually slide down an active volcano on a wood or metal board at Cerro Negro (Black Hill), just outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Wouldn’t you love to feel the rush of going down a steep slope over volcanic ash? A jumpsuit and a pair of goggles will protect you from the heat, fine volcanic rocks, and wind, but not from the adrenaline.
11. Cliff Jumping
Simple as it sounds diving from a cliff doesn’t require special equipment or clothing. Nonetheless, its essential for you to have a little knowledge on how to enter the water safely.
Pulled by the force of the wind, you’ll travel at great speed and jump off the waves at amazing heights. All around the globe you’ll find perfect spots to practice kite boarding, all you need is a big open body of water and a good launch area.Advertising
13. Sand Boarding
The name says it all, sand boarding takes place in desert and dune areas and is definitely something you need to try at least once. If you snowboard, it will come easy, and the great thing is, this sport can be practiced year round and in various places throughout the world.
14. High lining
If you have ever tried slack lining and thought it was good, you need to try this. High lining is a relatively new sport that consists on slack lining at high elevation. It it something you want to do with experienced people who know what they’re doing. You’ll need concentration, balance and strength, but above all, a huge deal of courage.
15. Wake boarding
Towed behind a motorboat, you’ll find yourself riding over the water strapped to a board at speeds of approx. 18-25 mph. Wake boarding has an amazing variety of maneuvers to be done, so you’ll always want more.
Last Updated on February 15, 2019
Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?
In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.
And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.
Why is goal setting important?
1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.
Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.
For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.
Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.
After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.
So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.
2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you
The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).
The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.
We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.
What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.
3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier
We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.
Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.
But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.
What you truly want and need
Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.
Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.
Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.
When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:
Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.
Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.
Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.
Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.
The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.
It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.
Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.
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