Why you need to go on an Adventure today.

Not all adventures are created equally but the habit of adventure needs to be trained. Are you bored with your routine? Is your training lacking inspiration? Do you crave just leaving to travel but financially or logistically it just isn’t possible right now?

 

Well, you and about 98% of the everyone have just been defined.

 

My grandfather told me this one day when I was about 10, I’ll never forget it and I still quote it to my boys and friends all the time.

If you pass up a penny on the ground what’s to say you won’t pass up a hundred dollar bill?

Adventure: The habit

It’s a habit.  A way of not passing up opportunities. Opportunities that are free mind you. I would even go on to say that if someone lost something and misses it, we should value it for them.

Bring this concept over to the idea of adventure.  Adventure is defined in a million ways. Here are a couple

Formally:

noun:
  1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
  2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises:the spirit of adventure.
  3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

For this post:

  1. something you rarely, if ever, do
  2. an undertaking to take you out of your comfort zone
  3. to experience

 

Pennies v. dollars

So if pulling your car over on the way home from work to run at a park or trail you never stopped for before is a penny, then accepting an offer from a friend to go on a weekend trip to the mountains you have never been to is the hundred dollar bill.

Luke Tyburski created the Ultimate Triathlon just so he could do it!

Luke Tyburski created the Ultimate Triathlon just so he could do it!

 

Let’s brainstorm some adventures

Adventure is everywhere.  Let’s use the definitions “for this post” to come up with a few adventures.  There are millions so we can just name a few to get your creative juices flowing.

 

something you rarely, if ever, do

  • stop at a certain park or trail
  • get up super early or stay out super late for a trek, or even a walk around a different part of town
  • take guitar lessons
  • run the stairs where you work on your break

 

an undertaking to take you out of your comfort zone

  • visiting a home for senior citizens and going for walks
  • training for a marathon, or triathlon, or anything new to YOU
  • start a hobby business
  • podcast, or write, or start a youtube channel (trust me on this one)
I started a podcast. It turned into a business. Now I model the shirts we sell, talk about out of comfort zone.

I started a podcast. It turned into a business. Now I model the shirts we sell, talk about out of comfort zone.

 

to experience

  • try a new treatment like acupuncture or hot stone therapy
  • take a funky new or intimidating class like pilates, mma, or crossfit
  • go to a show at a community theatre
  • shop at an asian market or somewhere different to you

 

So these adventures.  These are the pennies. The low hanging fruit for wannabe adventurers.  We are strengthening the muscle that will eventually say, “What the hell, let’s go to Vietnam,” or “yeah, I can quit this job and start this business.”

“What the hell, let’s go to Vietnam,” or “yeah, I can quit this job and start this business.”

The challenge:

Go on an adventure today.  Come on, you see how we define adventure.  Start training for the big ones with some little and probably, just as memorable ones.  I’d love to hear what you come up with.  Just tag #aofadventure or reach out @athleteonfire on FB or Twitter.

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Say no and seek yes.

Yes or no?

Find people to say yes to you so you aren’t always having to say no to things that don’t line up with your goals.

Here are a couple examples of when to seek yes and when to say no.

Example 1: The Workout Partner

Chances are you have said yes to the guy at the gym who wants to really “get after it”.  He invites you to be a part of his training at 5 in the morning, he shows up for two weeks and then fades off into the abyss. He doesn’t know, but you have already been disciplined for years, you just thought it would be a nice change up. So you have wasted some time and sleep and never from him again.

Instead:

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So, say no to the one seeking your energy and seek the one that will say yes and match your energy.Tweet This

 

Example 2: The “Idea Guy”

I have by no means made it in business or in life as far as I am concerned but the one thing I am pretty picky about is my time.  Over the years my B.S.-ometer is more sensitive to the “idea guy” than just about anything in the entrepreneurial world.  This person will “meet” you into submission.

  • “Let’s meet for beer, I have a great idea.”
  • “Can I pick your brain for this new business I am going to launch?”
  • “Can we grab a coffee for a few minutes, I wanna share this opportunity.”

That’s the word right there, opportunity. If anyone wants to share an opportunity without divulging first, run for your freakin life.  Or, as I will start doing soon, send a PayPal link with your hourly client rate and for the love of time don’t go until it is paid.

Instead:  

Find entrepreneurs that are hungry and start with a small project to prove you align.  It happens all the time. I do small projects to see if we get along, to see if the energy spent is reciprocal, and to see if we do good work together. There is no promise of riches, just the promise of another ally, friend, mentor, and potentially partner.  And the promise to do good work.

“The reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.” – Jonas SalkTweet This

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Some of the more interesting points of the show were:

  • having to swim the Straight the opposite direction as planned
  • total body shut down and the mind’s ability to push through
  • how he finished the last 200 miles or so
  • why limits should be tested

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Luke was having fun, or at least his hat was, on this stretch of the Ultimate Triathlon.IMG_5182

Choke it down and keep it down.  We are certain this salad didn’t cut it for his full needs but it sure looks good.  Kind of an, if zombies were vegetarians, look.

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Sometimes the body quits when your mind isn’t ready to.

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These views had to make it all worth the pain.

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There are only a few times that I would have the guts to tell someone they aren’t any good at something.  Today I am telling you why YOU aren’t any good.

I have a favorite quote (the origins are debatable and the original quote is much longer, and better, but this is the essence):

 

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it nowTweet This

 

This quote is powerful because it makes no mention of the skill level needed to begin something.

It doesn’t talk about the connections you need to make it big in any endeavor.

There is nothing that says that if you are not any good at something, that you shouldn’t do it.

 What I hear…

 It says to start.  That’s it. Begin.  You will get better.  I like to think that the AOF Podcast has gotten better in the last two years.  I know that athletes (you) get better with focused training over time.  I have had people ask to be better runners who honestly couldn’t run 100 yards without stopping.  They started training, strengthening, working on form, they got better.

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I imagine myself doing something amazing every other day.  I see a movie or read a book and want to reach that level of perfection, or inspiration.  Most times, I never start what will make me that version of myself but every once in awhile when I do, things start to happen.  They are always good.

 

Quick example:  I had been contemplating organizing a membership and apparel line for this site.  I finally finished up the final touches, it took me 2 months, and in the same day had two calls that could make a huge difference in what AOF is all about.  There wasn’t a direct relationship besides the decision to act.

The takeaway, you aren’t any good…

So this is the harshest takeaway of all time.  You aren’t any good and here is why:

You aren’t any good only because you haven’t started.Tweet This

Now what?

  • Stop waiting until you feel perfect to start.
  • Stop worrying about what other people think about your dreams.
  • You want to run 100 miles? Start training.
  • You want to write a book?  Get a notebook and start writing.

For me, the biggest resistance is what people from my past will think of me.  I’m over that(mostly).  Bigger things are waiting and life is too short to not start now.

You aren’t any good right now, but that is just because you haven’t started. Dive in and see what you are capable of.  I promise there are people that aren’t supporting you that will get behind you 100 percent (I’ll help you find them).

 

Start now.  Crazy things will happen that never would have because they couldn’t.   Here is the rest of the quote.

 

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

 

So, what are you wanting to start?
I would love to help anyway I can.

Is it entreprenerial, physical, in the arts?  If you tell me yours I’ll tell you things I want to start.  Shoot me an email (scott@athleteonfire.com)


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