To the jungles of Malaysian Borneo I went, at first to travel and visit a friend. However being new to this travel thing, money went fast, so I picked up some work – living and guiding clients in the rainforest.
Now that you've started your journey discovering what your main competencies are, it's time to start moving towards the direction you want to explore and grow with.
We know you've probably seen many articles about this subject, but it keeps being an important and recurring issue among young changemakers. Getting our of your comfort zone takes a lot of work and consistency. But there are small steps that can help you move away from what's limiting you.
There are lots of ways to start. You could learn a new language or skill. Connect with people that inspire you, or volunteer with an organization that does great work. Travel, whether you go around the block or across the globe. The point is that you're doing it, and you're pushing yourself past the mental blocks that tell you to do nothing.
According to this article at lifehacker.com these 4 attitudes can help you get there:
- Do everyday things differently. Take a different route to work. Try a new restaurant without checking Yelp first. Go vegetarian for a week, or a month. Try a new operating system. Recalibrate your reality. Whether the change you make is large or small, make a change in the way you do things on a day-to-day basis. Look for the perspective that comes from any change, even if it's negative. Don't be put off if things don't work out the way you planned.
- Take your time making decisions. Sometimes slowing down is all it takesto make you uncomfortable—especially if speed and quick thinking are prized in your work or personal life. Slow down, observe what's going on, take your time to interpret what you see, and then intervene. Sometimes just defending your right to make an educated decision can push you out of your comfort zone. Think, don't just react.
- Trust yourself and make snap decisions. We're contradicting ourselves, but there's a good reason. Just as there are people who thrive on snap decisions, others are more comfortable weighing all of the possible options several times, over and over again. Sometimes making a snap call is in order, just to get things moving. Doing so can help you kickstart your personal projects and teach you to trust your judgement. It'll also show you there's fallout to quick decisions as well as slow ones.
- Do it in small steps. It takes a lot of courage to break out of your comfort zone. You get the same benefits whether you go in with both feet as you do if you start slow, so don't be afraid to start slow. If you're socially anxious, don't assume you have to muster the courage to ask your crush on a date right away, just say hello to them and see where you can go from there. Identify your fears, and then face them step by step.
Your Big Year was what I called a Eureka moment in my life.
It showed me that when you think doors are shut, incredible opportunities can come if you believe they exist.
I was looking for a way to travel an make an impact in the world not as a backpacker but as a meaningful traveler. I didn't really know how to do this but I was in a life moment we're I had just decide to take a non conventional path towards alternative education and I wanted to Believe that the world could be my classroom.
Your big year appear in my life as a light in my journey. Eight months of challenges and connections and an incredible week in San Francisco, where the real revelation happen...a group of people traveling together could actually make an impact in the communities they were visiting. It could become a learning journey.
A month after your big year the big aha moment happened when in the middle of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, visiting the tarahumara tribes the idea was envisioned...it's going to be called ON BOARD an it will the metaphor of a school bus using traveling as an engine to learn.
Finally the world could be a classroom and traveling will become a transformative experience.
Today I am the founder of ON BOARD because Your Big Year was that catapult in my life to start asking myself more questions and wanting to answer them by creating what I thought was non existing yet.
I became an entrepreneur an although it hasn't been an easy journey I am extremely convinced that after YBY every year can be my big year if I live living my passion. I discover the truest meaning of traveling with YBY!
At Your Big Year, we believe that the most important change you can do in the world starts with you.
To start your journey, we encourage you to know yourself. To visit what are your weaknesses and strengths. To discover your competencies in helping yourself and others.
Here are some optional exercises inspired by the Dalai Lama Fellows curriculum to help you go through this process:
EXERCISE1: Take The Four Tendencies Quiz by Gretchen Rubin. This 10 minute quiz may help you understand whether you are an upholder, questioner, obliger, or
rebel. This will help you determine how you balance expectations others have of you with expectations you have for yourself. It’s a great framework for designing better habits, but, like any personality test, please take it with a grain of salt.
EXERCISE 2: Take the Enneagram personality test. The Enneagram helps you determine your identification with nine archetypes-- perfectionist; helper; achiever; romantic; observer; questioner; adventurer; asserter; and peacemaker. The archetype(s) you embody
can change over time and most of us are a mix of several of these archetypes. Learning more
can help you find patterns in your behavior and identify how you show up in times of security versus in times of stress. You can access a brief overview of its interpretation here.
EXERCISE 3: Learn how to make a mind map to unleash you brain's creativity and share it with us in our Facebook page using the hashtag #myfutureyby!
image source: Mindtools