Word-Of-the-Week #850: Venturesome

November 19, 2020 by  

Venturesomehaving a disposition to undertake ventures; adventurous. 

How often do you get out of your comfort zone? When was the last time you felt adventurous? Are you able to recognize opportunities and take them?

I found this post “Invoking the spirit of adventure” by Psychologies and am including excerpts.

Do you find yourself hesitating to take chances? Does fear prevent you from achieving your dreams? Writer Juliet Davey discovered how travelling has deepened her self-knowledge and awareness and here, she shares tips for living an adventurous life – and you don’t even have to leave the country. It’s all about pushing those boundaries…

What lies at the heart of the spirit of adventure? Is it curiosity, risk-taking, courage? Psychology has made the association between adventure-seeking behaviors and the release of dopamine providing us with feelings of enjoyment and positivity. Risk-taking leads us to new experiences, which help renew our vitality.

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within” ― George Eliot

The responsibilities of modern living do not always permit us to travel, but we can still cultivate our adventurous spirit. The opportunity for adventure is available to us daily. Here are four handy tips to access the essence of this spirit: 

Middle Fork of the Salmon River

  • Do not let your fears rule you – the adventurous spirit is never certain of the outcome but is open to new experiences regardless. We all feel fear but the adventure-seeker takes action despite that fear. 
  • Embrace the unfamiliar – travel takes you to unknown places and requires you to live in the present. But you can expand your horizons every day no matter where you are. By embracing places and people that are different from our norm, we can heighten our awareness and learn something new. Doing something out of the ordinary can also increase confidence.
  • Follow your heart – adventure comes to those who seek it. I love the Anais Nin quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” So if you have always wanted to take a cooking class, skydive or learn a new language, now is the time. Stand inside your truth. Follow your heart. 
  • Seize opportunities – recognize opportunities and take them. This is your chance. 

Even during a pandemic, we can still be venturesome. Are you letting your fears rule you? How open are you to new experiences? When was the last time you did something out of the ordinary?

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