Let’s kickstart Your Big Year!

One of our core values at Your Big Year is that we celebrate everyone’s personality and the unique perspective they bring. Amongst our Your Big Year Travel Squad, we had 4 complete different personalities, all coming from different backgrounds. Watch what they say about it:

“YBY was my eureka moment.”
— Marcela Fernandez

Understanding of You!

We have a few awesome exercises to get you started!

EXERCISE 1: 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. Which tendency are you?

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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.

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Map Your Future YBY

Exercise 3: Creating your future YBY Mindmap


“Mind maps can be used for pretty much any thinking or learning task, from studying a subject (such as a new language) to planning your career or even building better habits.”And we believe it is a great way to envision your future YBY. A mind map is surrounded by one main topic, which in this case is YOU. 
Mind Maps are a great way to bring your ideas, thoughts together with deeper meaning, linking your different concepts together in natural associations. Mind Maps encourage you to branch off into many different paths, allowing you to expand your ideas of how this can become Your Big Year. Learn how to make a mind map to unleash your brain's creativity and share it with us in our Facebook page using the hashtag #MyFutureYBY!

Try something new, meet new people, fail, succeed, then fail again. Don’t get comfortable, get familiar.
— Andrew Hallenberg - YBY Filmmaker

Get out of your Comfort Zone

According to this article at lifehacker.com these 4 attitudes can help you get there:

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  • 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 takes to 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.



This was your first step at Making This Your Big Year… now what?

At Your Big Year, we believe the learning never stops and we believe that everyone should have an opportunity to make it there ‘Big Year’. Many youth that have come through our program have asked us the same thing... “How can we have a ‘Big Year’ during the competition breaks?”

By working with Your Big Year Champions, youth from our network, and being derived from 21st century skills,  we have created an interactive course to empower you to further make Your Big Year a reality. 

It made me think about myself and pay attention to what I want to do and how I present myself.
— Magdalena Radjenovic