Secrets That Elevate the Journey to Adventure
Stop giving your future away.
Own your journey.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller
#1. Build relationships that make risk-taking more likely. Choose people who kick you in the pants over those who affirm your excuses. Trust allies who believe in your potential, fuel your courage, and challenge you to get off your butt.
The people in your current circle reflect your future.
#2. Live your heart. Courageously align exterior behaviors with internal beliefs. Don’t sell your soul to “the man.” Ask, “What would my best self do?”
#3. Have ego. Egoless leaders don’t exist. Just don’t be a self-centered jerk.
- Embrace your power. Have the guts to express a viewpoint with candor and courtesy.
- When your viewpoint is rejected, be nice. Don’t pout. Joyfully move forward.
- When your viewpoint is embraced, be nice. Don’t gloat. Humbly move forward.
- Reject self-limiting beliefs about your potential. Choose, “I’ll try,” over, “I can’t.” Dream big about your service.
#4. Inconvenience yourself. Making a difference is never convenient. You can’t indulge yourself and serve others at the same time. Disadvantage yourself for the advantage of others. Believe hard work trumps entitlement.
#5. Do it now in small ways. Go for it, as long as you have reasonable confidence that your actions will be helpful. Adopt a, “Let’s try it,” posture.
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. Helen Keller
#6. Reach for your dream early. Be a little impractical. If you can’t quit your job to pursue your dream, chase it down on the weekends or after the kids go to bed.
#7. Get outside yourself. Broaden your circle. Talk less about yourself. Listen more. Show interest in others. Have enough personal confidence to talk with others about themselves.
What behaviors might make your journey an adventure?
Dear Mr. Dan, I have been regular reader a d consistent follower of LF. And today i want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for feeding me in such a fabulous, precise and easiest language. I must tell you that LF has brought lots of positive changes and it has been sufficiently helpful for me to understand myself and my team.
Though I have not accomplished my ultimate goal yet, i am sure every post of LF has been helping me to inch towards my goal.
Thank you so much.
Thanks so much, Chandrakant. Wow! Your comment is open and encouraging. I’m thankful to be of service. Best for the journey.
I must tell you Reading Leadershipfreak daily post is one of my todo list item, I need to mark it done on daily basis, in morning accompanied by Tea.
Make sure your efforts represent your aspirations and not simply your experience. What, no expectations beyond status quo??? Time to start anew… A life without aspirations is frankly not a life!!!
Thanks John. Very eloquent. That first sentence sings.
Wonderful life lessons. Moral of the story. do not give up despite adversities.
This has got to be one of the most heart reaching inspirational posts I have read in a while. Thanks LF and Dan. You have sung to my heart this morning
Howdy Dan, Striking, short, simple surpassing (thanks thesaurus), picture was engaging. I wanted to see more of tennis and fiery, went to U tube not their but enjoyed PITSIT-n instead thanks. Jack
Maybe there is something about talking over ideas and dreams in person, to people. Oh to find real people who like a real conversation about a dream instead of holding the world supposedly as a bystander with their cell phone.
Great timing on this message, as I have been recently struggling to accept that God has more in mind for my life than safety and complacency, both narrowly at work and broadly in life. Thanks as always for the reminders Dan!