This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8 which is about adventure – specifically, picking something you’ve wanted to do for a long time and just doing it.
I love this reminder to incorporate things you’ve always wanted to do in the mix of your other “work.” I have an exercise called 100 Dreams, which asks clients to list 100 things they always wanted to do, have, learn or accomplish. If you’re overwhelmed by the number 100, break it down into groups of 10 – 10 books you want to read, 10 places to visit, 10 events to experience, 10 skills to learn….Dreams are not just the big goals. We need to remember the little desires, as well. This exercise has been featured prominently in Laura Vanderkam’s time hack blog.
When you’re stuck about next steps or feeling unmotivated, pull something off of your 100 Dreams list that you can do now. It’s the same concept as Natalie’s adventure idea – build in something fun, unexpected, or daring now to encourage you to keep going. I have found that clients who actually take to the 100 Dreams exercise do get motivation and encouragement, but most importantly, they flex their enjoyment muscle and retrain themselves to have fun again. If you’re burnt out or stuck in a career rut, simply flexing the fun muscle can help you find what you enjoy again.
I keep a list of special treats and make sure to sprinkle these throughout my week. My list includes live theater, movies (I raced to see The Finest Hours when it was added to Netflix and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend it!), my favorite restaurants (Polish, Japanese, Indian), and nature walks.
So what is on your list of 100 Dreams? Or what is one adventure you can do today?