When I worked for lululemon athletica (#joblove #lifeinluon #idstillbethereifretailpaidbetter), my love for personal development truly took fire. One of my favorite exercises was this personal values game where you had 50 different cards with a single word on each one; you were asked to pick out 5 words that encompassed your personal values. The goal was to help you identify what strengths you bring to the workplace and also develop any skills that strongly related to your values.
Every couple months, you’d have an evaluation and play the game again. And sometimes words would change, but one of mine stayed the same for all the years I worked there: adventure.
Adventure doesn’t have to mean travel. Seeing as adventure is one of my personal values, I see it very much like the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt. Having a sense of adventure in life is “to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
You don’t have to travel the world to have an adventure. If you strive to experience new and richer experiences within your day to day life, you start to see even the mundane as an adventure.
Do you feel like your life is lacking some adventure? How can you incorporate more adventure into the mundane, day to day activities?
Perhaps adventure really does mean going to new places and spending more of your free time exploring. Do it then! But maybe adding some adventure to your day means sitting with someone different at lunch and getting to know a coworker you haven’t spent as much time with. Maybe it looks like cooking a new meal or a twist on an old favorite.
Adventure can be as big or as simple as you want it to be. But in the words of Mrs. Roosevelt, if you feel like you’re not tasting experience to the utmost, it’s time to spice things up.
Decide what adventure looks like for you: travel, looking at everyday life in a new way, a combination of both, or something entirely your own.
Find at least THREE ways to incorporate adventure into your life before November. While there’s less than two weeks left in the month, there’s still plenty of time to find ways to make life feel richer, fuller and more adventurous.
Be sure to comment and let me know what you’re planning and how it goes!