We tend to think of explorers as a small group of special people who, once upon a time, pushed fearlessly into the unknown. They discovered all the new places for the rest of us and brought back news of exciting concepts and ideas. Columbus, Marco Polo, Magellan, Neil Armstrong, and Amelia Earhart all stepped out to explore new possibilities in the unknown.
Too often, the rest of us “regular folks” don’t consider all the opportunities in our own lives to explore new possibilities, discover new opportunities, or map the unknown. We fall into the rut of organizing our days around what we already know how to do, doing it in the same routine with minimum variation, because it feels comfortable.
But while routine is comfortable, it’s also the opposite of growth and expansion. Professional and personal growth comes from new experiences, exploration, and possibilities. Just think of the last time that you tried something new—a new restaurant, a new process, a new way of thinking. What happened? What new possibilities emerged? What new ideas popped into your head? And how did you feel? Exploring new possibilities can create a feeling of exhilaration, anticipation, and new curiosity about the unknown, and is so much more fun than just “comfortable!”
Today, take one step toward exploring more possibilities for yourself, no matter how big or small, and see the fun and excitement you can bring into your career, relationship, and life.
- Commit to exploring new possibilities every day. Put it on your daily “to do” list, or set aside 30 minutes to look for or explore new possibilities. Read something unrelated to work, try a new way to do a daily activity, ask “what if,” and think about a new way to solve a problem.
- Create new experiences. Create a new experience for yourself every day, from the mundane—how you get to work or what you eat for lunch—to the extraordinary. Try something that gets your blood pumping.
- Explore new possibilities with others. Build your own team of new possibility/new experience enthusiasts who challenge each other to explore new ways of doing things, getting to new places, and discovering new ideas.