Life is a daring adventure…or nothing – Helen Keller

A Pretty simple, straightforward and most importantly, powerful statement I would say

What Is Life If Not An Adventure?

It’s a funny thing life, one day we are here and the next we are gone. Depending on your religious you may believe there is a ultimate point to life or not but in either case, what is the point of life if you are in it just to survive. Just to survive life seems to be rather a wasteful use of time and really rather pointless. If you have the gift of life then why spend 80 years justwandering through it trying to survive. if you have the gift of life it should not be wasted in this way. The gift of life should be used to have the greatest adventure you can, regardless of the fact that there may or may not be something waiting at the end of the tunnel.

How To Add Adventure To Your Life

1. Dream

Powerful dreams create powerful people.

A life without dreams is a life lived in the shadows, afraid of what might and could be. A life without dreams is like a hamster in a ball, you have to wonder if the hamster would be better off not existing instead of just exerting effort and going nowhere, just for the sake of doing something.

Your dreams should be the addiction you need for living a life of adventure. Your dreams should be the catalyst that drives you forward and upwards through life’s journey, sucking the very marrow out of it. Your dreams should propel you to greater heights on a daily basis and at the same time be dragging people along with you for the ride. Without dreams, and without powerful dreams, there seems little reason to exist just for the sake of existing. Dreams are thoughts about what could be, the evolution of humanity have been on the  wings of people who dreamed and asked the question “What If?” No one has ever done anything of any consequence without first having had the dream.

Develop your dreams and use them to drive you forward.

2. Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone

When life gets safe it get boring and you become stagnant like a unkept pond.

When life is not keeping you on edge there is no need to develop, to learn, to improve. When risk is removed so is the adrenaline, the zest for excitement.

Don’t stagnate in life but instead try to COME ALIVE just a little bit more every single hour of every single day. Push yourself into uncomfortable situations so that you can triumph and feel the adrenaline coursing through your system. If it has been a while since you have felt uncomfortable then remove the cotton wool you’re wearing and get out there. Get used to feeling a tinge of excitement and fear in your life, just for the very sake of it, for the simple reason that it makes you FEEL ALIVE.

3. Be Bold

Don’t shy way from life or from challenges.

Fortune favors the bold so aggressively pursuit it. Be fearless with life and not let obstacles, people, fears, uncertainties, inhibitions or wild boars hold you back from reaching out and grabbing life by the balls and demanding what you want form it. Don’t go timidly into the night a quite sheep but instead roar like a lion and face your fears and come out the other side a better person, shaking and perhaps a bit sweaty, but victorious.

Don’t Allow Your Life Stand For Nothing

If you are not doing something daring and adventurous with your life then it is wasted, as no one else is going to step up and do it for you…they are too busy looking after their own life. If the only thing holding you back from living a daring, adventurous life is fear then work out a way of overcoming that fear. If fear is going to be responsible for your life amounting for nothing then fear needs to be enemy number one and you need to work out how to overcome your fear. Here are some tips.

Tips For Overcoming Fear

1. See The Big Picture

Most fears are focussed on the here and now, they are based on very short term consequences. If you can lift your eyes to see the bigger picture of your life and lift your thinking above the small things then sometimes this is all it takes for your short term fears to melt away. Seeing in the big picture is like looking at a patterned rug from a distance. Up close it is frayed and dirty in the details but from afar it is a beautiful tapestry. Focus on the tapestry, not the dirt.

2. Get Angry

Society will rob you of your dreams through the fear it holds over you, whether this is intentional or not. Most people are not out to frighten you but your own fear of people, of needing their approval and the risk of failure will keep you trapped. You are being robbed by fear and society, so get angry at both and then use that anger to break through the fear, don’t let it control the outcome of your life, don’t let it rob you of the one chance you ever get at life.

3. Take Baby Steps

Like people, fears come in all shapes and sizes and different fears will be perceived as different sizes by different people. The very best way to start developing a habit of overcoming fear is to start small and increase the challenges you set yourself every day, just by a small bit. I have overcome a lot of fears using this approach but currently I am stuck on trying to lie down in the middle of an open street for 1 minute without talking. Although currently in India and I know no one, I still can’t do it. I must over come this fear first so that I can move on to overcoming bigger fears yet. This might be easy for you or it might not, each persons fear is different. I can talk in front of thousands without a problem but can’t lie in a street.

Life IS a DARING ADVENTURE. You either get involved with it or cower in the sidelines, the choice is yours.

17 Comments

  • March 6, 2010 Reply

    jamie

    thats right mate, life is for living not working a fixed desk job. ive worked when i liked for 6 years its so liberating.

    now i can travel and have cool experiences, until i settle down and have a family i an free to to what i like

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Get a move on with the family mate, get yourself a good looking girl to settle down with.

  • March 6, 2010 Reply

    NP

    This is a very powerful post and what you say is very true! One of your best. I think you should do a project on this topic:)

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Cheers NP, greatly appreciate the feedback. I will take you advice and look into it.

  • March 7, 2010 Reply

    Earl

    Ever since my first overseas trip about 11 years ago I’ve had that Helen Keller quote written on a small piece of paper I keep in my wallet. One look at that quote is like a burst of instant motivation.

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      If I had to choose one person who would carry that quote around my money was definately on you. Your decade of travel is a true inspiration to me and I am sure a whole host of others although I can’t cay I share you enthusiasm for giving large sums of money away to the airlines :)

  • March 7, 2010 Reply

    Fatibony

    Lovely post there are times to get angry for all the good reasons and following your dream is one……..

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Fatibony, Great to have you visit and thanks for the comment, I hope you stick around. Really enjoyed your summary of Sky Ones “How to be a winner” and I wish you all the best with your blogging and future success.

  • March 7, 2010 Reply

    Pres

    Jonny, thank you for the encouraging article, brother! I believe that world exploration is the greatest adventure for it expands the human mind, heart, and soul. So, as Mark Twain advised,

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi mate,

      Thanks for the comment and thanks for visiting, I hope you stick around as having read your site, you seem like a guy who has an interesting perspective on life. The 3 Globbleristic Spheres of Life, very nice article.

  • March 8, 2010 Reply

    Mark Powers

    “Get angry at fear.” I love it, Jonny! And so in line with what I’m about right now . . . fearlessness, ruthlessness. They are keys to breaking away, moving forward and growing.

    Thanks, man!

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Mark, you are welcome and thanks for visiting.

      Have Drum, Will travel! Great tag line for a blog and I can see you are using my good friend Cody’s template, I am sure you will agree that the guy is a legend. Also, you latest travel hack post is awesome, definately reccomend it readers to all who fly.

      • March 10, 2010 Reply

        Mark Powers

        Thanks, Jonny- glad you like the blog! Haven’t met Cody yet . . . perhaps I can track him down this month in Thailand. But totally digging his TH template.

  • March 8, 2010 Reply

    Jason P McGee

    Sometimes you just have to roll the dice. You can’t be afraid to take a risk in life because as scary as it may seem, it could be the only time in your life you will ever have to succeed or fail. A window of opportunity is always closing in some respect…

    • March 8, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Jason, welcome to the site and thanks for the comment.

      I have been checking ouy your project and man you are one busy guy, how to you cope with keeping so many plates spinning and getting on with your studies, this would be something I definately read about. Perhaps a post could be in line?

  • April 2, 2010 Reply

    Kara

    Good reminders! We will all be dead sooner than we think, and we should just go for it – every day!

    Kara

    • April 3, 2010 Reply

      Jonny

      Hi Kara,

      Lol, a rather morbid observations but I agree with you.

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