“Do not wait: the time will never be ‘just right’. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along.”
― Napoleon Hill
The goal with some of my projects is to get people to step away from clichés & limiting believes; clichés about people, countries and the believe of what is possible. To step out of their ‘comfort zone = the what I think I know and be happy with it’ & to take the step, get out there and ‘experience’ the world for themselves – it broadens the way you think & opens you up to possibilities.
Last time I spoke about what inspired me to do my last project: initially I wanted to learn a new skill and this time it was all about Bushcraft (more about this later) – being able to take a knife, a small backpack & use my environment to survive; wrap it up into an exciting project: finding out what cliches the Brits have about Germany (and actually to kick-ass of what I thought people think about Germans & Germany), explore the UK & of course to have a physical challenge.
Now I have ticked off the first part (crossing Scotland) it’s easy for me to talk about ‘having been out on an adventure’: I walked 200miles across Scotland, dived into the Highlands and watched the sunrise over the snow covered mountain peaks, enjoyed solitude, grew as a person by being mentally challenged with the stillness around me, tasted great Scottish craftsmanship such as home-brewed Loch Lomond beer (tag), discovered the existence of historical hiking trails such as the West Highland-, the Allander- & the John Muir Way. I learned about Scotland and it’s gems through directly experiencing it. The adventure cracked open habits that I had accumulated & reminded me of what is possible again & I found inspiration for my 2nd book (if you have missed my first one – Don’t just talk, do it – check it out here & grab a free chapter).
But – and here comes a big BUT – it was not easy to get the project going. Initially I set out to do cross the whole of the UK & having the bushcraft skills described above. As the journey went I realised it took more time to learn the skills & the time simply didn’t feel right: I was building up a base-camp in London (business & flat) – had committed to projects such teaming up with Balance Physio Performance and had signed up for a big business seminar with T Harv Ekert (can only recommend to check it out) & had to pay off a big bill (something I had never committed to before). I was so used to focus solely on one project (such as my Three Border Triathlon and this time I had no head-space for it. It wasn’t until I realised the following:
- I can’t put something on hold because it doesn’t fit the way I had usually done it because it would mean to deprive me of drives me !! For me adventures are my lifestyle, a way of thinking. I realised I had to become more flexible towards my approach of adventuring (instead of 2-months, what is it that I can create for a 2-weeks period that is going to tick all my boxes). It was time to learn and do things differently & challenge my way of thinking.
- The time is never going to be right & if I feel stuck then I know my mind has run out of options and it’s time to crack it open
- I was stuck in daily habits which made me feel rigid & reminded me of a Mo to Sun routine (& with this I felt my brain started to shrink down to think BIG).
- Life will always throw different things into your life; I can choose to allow them to control me or become better of handling them and keep asking myself what is really important to me right now
- When I take the day for granted it’s time to get out !!
Was it easy – hell no. I was attached to the project that I initially had set out to do but in order to give me the satisfaction of ‘doing’ I simply had to let go – so I just took the plug. Believe I had a big emotional roller coaster going through me. But I decided on a date 2-weeks ahead, decided to be on the road for 2-weeks, kept the planning low key, decided not to share it in real-time, skip involving sponsors & trust that I work out the route on the way. The goal was to just go & create movement in the project.
And guess what as soon as I decided, I felt the flow again, saw options & reminded myself of my core driving force. I felt the aliveness, the curiosity & the excitement. And once I got back, everything changed – the flow & the momentum where back in the game: I got kicked out by my landlord which made me find the perfect flat, decided to stop working with one company in London that wasn’t really in alignment with my core values, met new communities and simply raised the bar of the game I played. This is the Power of Adventuring – the time is never right & this is when you simply have to go!
Now I love to hear from you:
What is a project that you love to do & what is holding you back from making it real?
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