Guest Blog: A Personal Adventure by Heather Robertson

While the classic idea of adventure may conjure images of dangerous journeys, I do not believe it is limited to this. I lean into the historical definition of adventure; to arrive to a calling to a moment that moves you.  Adventure is a unique and authentic experience that everyone can access; even in the context of everyday life.

It is the practice of balancing challenge and skill during moments of uncertainty.  Sound familiar?

When we know our strengths, we can leverage momentary instability to resolve a meaningful challenge. Through this blend of risk and reflection, or what I call personal adventure, we become more confident and creative.

This is much more than momentary excitement. Personal adventure incorporates our dreams and inspirations into a process riddled with uncertainty. It asks us to orient to our deepest desires and move toward them. It requires that we allow ourselves to feel hope in the face of the unknown. We cannot predict the outcome, yet we feel drawn to persist.

Recently, I felt drawn to persist.  I looked at my calendar and happen to have 4 straight days of no meetings, no clients and no social events – zero.  It took all of 60-seconds and I knew exactly what I was going to do – I wasn’t going to review my business, my numbers or my strategic plan – I was going to start my latest goal set back in 2016, hike the 14,000+ foot peaks in Colorado and do at least half of the peaks solo.  No husband, no dog, no partner to share any of my uncertainness with in the wilderness and while some may say that’s dangerous, I say it’s liberating.

Here’s the quote that keeps me from being passive with adventure:

“You’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.”

That said, I scheduled in my newest personal adventure and began the intense planning.

I packed my food, gear, researched my maps and books, jumped in my truck and hit the road north to Buena Vista Colorado to hike Mount Yale and Huron Peak.

The first evening everything was perfect. All my decisions with food, gear, location and timing were spot on.  I remember sitting in my camp chair the first night with the sound of happy people, the river and the feeling of my heart filled with gratitude for making this choice. Eating my delicious dinner of rice and lentils while drinking my favorite red wine, all felt super fabulous!

The next morning started out as another winner day. Drove to the trailhead and started the epic 8-hour 8-mile hike of 8,600 feet of elevation gain/loss with terrain that was at best difficult.  This is Mount Yale a total of 14,196 feet high.

With fresh blueberries in hand I started hiking and felt two things – total elation and total fear.  I was elated to know I could do this and, surprisingly, I was terrified I would run into a bear, a mountain lion or something else I couldn’t handle.  I knew the fear wasn’t real as I’ve hike in the wilderness for over two decades and yet it had a surprising grip on me.  Running into large animals in the wilderness is real thing and yet in that moment I was safe and I was in a beautiful place, however my mind was not in a beautiful place it was terrified.  All I could think of was this one quote:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are a few.”

Japanese Zen monk, author and teacher

There really was only one option – stop entertaining the fear and let the elation and joy take over.

This experience was my personal adventure and I was becoming stronger by the minute recognizing my mind’s fear wasn’t real and it wasn’t going to hold me back.

It’s often we tend to deny our joy or enthusiasm or high levels of confidence because they can be intense feelings and from my vast experience with all of the them, if you let the elation, the joy or the confidence take you; you will change, transform, grow and you will never be the same.  You will be more than you can imagine and that, my friends, is the adventurous spirit burning bright.  That is the road that will never lead you astray and always hold you steady. Let that voice take you over and let the one that limits you become silent.  This is how we reach our dreams.

My hike pressed on and over the next two days I had more opportunity to test my mental commitment to my elation and joy rather than the fear.  It was clear that this personal adventure was destined to strengthen me mentally, physically and emotionally.

While, I climbed two peaks in total and gain/lost 15,000 feet of elevation the most profound take away from this road traveled was I have more potential and strength inside of me than I give myself credit for and this is true for many of us.  The truth is we all have so much to give and even more to receive.

I emerged from this trip rather than it simply ending.

 

It’s true – “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” — David Mitchell

I share this snippet of my adventure as a gentle reminder the roads we are all on are unique to us and we are gifted with time to make choices.  It’s in the moments of choice we begin to shape our next experience.

This is an invitation to stretch yourself and find your road to a personal adventure that begins with joy and with no expectation allow it to take you.  Remember, the personal adventure should be simple and accessible.

In the wilds of life and business there is much to learn and we are totally equipped to experience success in both.

Have an amazing upcoming fall season and I hope to see many of you at the POSH Retreat in Santa Fe where creativity meets freedom.

It will be a retreat to remember!

Heather Robertson | Bold Arrival LLC

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