How Mindfulness and Confidence Can Help You
We’re surrounded by images of travel and adventure these days, and - compared to previous generations – opportunities to pursue the exciting escapades we dreamed of in our younger days are more accessible than ever. From strenuous mountain expeditions to tropical island explorations, opportunities abound to quench our thirst for adventure.
You’ve put a lot of energy and enthusiasm in getting to where you are right now; learning, working, sharing, and generally doing all you can to make life as plentiful as possible for yourself and those around you. Yet, the urge to ‘escape the grind’ still raises its head - particularly during times when the going gets tough. The sheer abundance of opportunities in which you can quench that thirst for travel and adventure may feel a little overwhelming. Perhaps you feel a slight pressure that you ‘should’ do these things… just because you can! Whatever your situation, it’s perfectly normal to feel daunted or uncertain at the prospect of embarking on something different. But you’ve got this. It’s just a case of finding what’s right you…
Jenny, a 32-year old from London, had a highly successful career in management consulting when she decided it was time to follow her dreams. “I loved my job”, says Jenny, “and I was part of a great community, but just felt I needed something else from life. It felt like the time was right to change direction. I’d long enjoyed practising yoga and had looked in to the possibility of training to be a yoga teacher before. I’m lucky to have an employer that offers the option to take a sabbatical, so I started exploring opportunities to combine my love of travel with some teacher training. Before I knew it, I’d signed up for a course in South-East Asia, followed by 6 weeks of exploring the area. It all happened pretty quickly!”
As Jenny says, she was lucky to have the option of a career break, which provided her with the cushion of returning to her work and wins for both parties: “It was just what I needed”, says Jenny, “I felt reinvigorated by my experiences in Asia and this really helped to renew my enthusiasm for my career, as well as providing me with the skills and knowledge I needed to share my passion for yoga within the local community”. Others, however, choose to make a complete break, taking a leap in to the unknown and leaving their careers behind to indulge their passions and test their resolve in an entirely new environment. But following your desires needn’t be as radical as that, as travel and adventure can come in many forms. By exploring what’s on your doorstep - or at least a little closer to home - or tapping in to the spirit of adventure by trying something that’s always appealed, then opportunities become even more readily available… and more easily achievable. Who knows what that taster session at the local climbing wall might lead to!
You have so much to offer, and your desire to make the world a better place will inspire you to achieve things that may once have seemed beyond your wildest dreams. Think of your inherent qualities and characteristics: attributes you may not realise – or are too modest to admit – you possess, yet are admired by those around you. Things like the resilience you’ve shown to progress in your career, or used to get you through tough times in your personal life. Those same traits will help to propel you through the challenges that may arise during the course of your future pursuits. The skills and knowledge you’ve learned and practised in everyday life will also provide a great foundation for embarking on something new. Perhaps you have a natural flair for working with new recruits at work? How might you share those valuable qualities of patience and the ability to listen by supporting others in a different setting? Not only will you be helping to inspire others to be their best selves, but it can also work wonders for you by providing a sense of achievement and fulfilment, leading to feelings of calmness and inner peace.
A great way to tap in to your spirit of adventure is to visualise your ideal situation. Take some time to sit quietly, close your eyes and imagine you’re already living the dream. Where are you? What are you doing? What can you see and hear? How do you feel? Take some long, slow, deep breaths and enjoy the sensations that arise in your body, allowing them to spread from head to toe. Not only can this provide a moment of mindful calm and clarity, but also a healthy dose of inspiration and creativity with which you can move forward with confidence and shine your light on the world.