When traveling, I get to connect with old friends, make new ones, and learn more than I could possibly imagine. Traveling is my catalyst for change. I call it my change agent.
It is what feeds my spirit, sparks new ideas and fuels my drive. Follow me on Instagram to see pictures!
I credit my travel, sense of adventure, abundance of experiences, and random encounters as the sources of my inspiration.
Gallivanting around the globe is also what I do when I feel disillusioned, or stuck. I walk out the door and into the world to expand my horizons and invest in personal growth. I expose myself to the world in all its richness to gain new perspectives.
For me, travel creates a space in which new opportunity can emerge. By stepping away and into the world, I de-clutter my life, my heart, and my head.
Easy – right? Noooo. It did not come easily to me either. I worked on it and learned that different things work at different times. Everything changes – even change agents!
So let’s talk a little more about this change agent business, and why I think everyone needs one.
Life is constantly changing.
We change. Our preferences change. Our circumstances change. In order to navigate this well, we need creative change agents. We cannot create a future unlike the past if we don’t change what we know is no longer working for us.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Ever heard this before? Yes, me too! I think it is true – but it doesn’t mean we have to walk out there unprepared. We can choose ways that help us thrive in uncertainty.
A creative change agent is something you do that will help you move forward. It’s something you do when faced with change, adversity, and uncertainty. They are ways to break the cycle when you are feeling a bit disillusioned, or simply not really inspired by what you do.
Still not sure? Don’t stress. This is not another ‘to-do’ list item. Simply start with this:
Stop. Observe. Let go. Relax.
1. Take a step back. Evaluate what makes you feel good and what makes you feel icky. Notice your thinking and your judgments. Notice what elevates your state of mind. Be gentle with yourself but be radical in your choices.
2. Step out. Do something different. Try something new. Go expand your world, and with it, your vision for your future. See what else is out there. Get some new ideas from people you would not ordinarily come across in your everyday life.
3. Run. Sometimes you need to make a run for it. Seriously, some situations are not worthy of gradual adjustments. Shake the shackles and run. Run out of the darkness into the light. I know this might seem radical– but this might be absolutely necessary. You have my permission.
Life can take some interesting turns. I know mine does and it’s never boring. I’ve had times in my life where I could barely get out of bed and could not see the light of day. Every bit of light at the other end of the tunnel seemed like another oncoming train.
Ever feel like that? Maybe this will help:
- Go where the love is. When times are tough and the road is bumpy, surround yourself with love, warmth, and kindness. Do what feeds your heart and spirit – know that all else will fall into place.
- Ignore those who take pleasure in other people’s pain. Set strong boundaries. Really think about what you let in and who you let in. The company we keep dictates how we navigate uncertainty.
- Meditate like your sanity depends on it. Because it does! Your ticket out is to go inward. Separate from the mind. Make sure you keep space between action and reaction. Stay level-headed to avoid making aimless, fear-based decisions.
- Failure is one of the stepping stones to success. Know that you will be a better leader when you can relate from personal experience. You will benefit from a full range of experiences – not just the safe choices.
- Be mindful who you talk to. Who lifts you out of fear and helps you step into your light and find solutions? Who will bring out more fear and doubt? Avoid all people that are focused on problems. Politely disassociate!
- Be a rebel. Self-care is an act of rebellion. Invest in your health, your sanity and a centered state of mind first. Then, create a future, from a place that is unlike the past.
- Stay vulnerable. Stay open. Don’t let bad experiences harden you, or operate as if you have to protect yourself in the future. This would only bind you to what you think you need to protect yourself from.
- Learn from mistakes, but don’t deny them power over your future. You cannot create anything worthwhile if you think you need to create what was lacking in the past.
- Still think your ship is sinking? Dive in and swim to the other side. There is a whole other world on the other side of the shore with lots of opportunities to offer.
Last but not least, I want to share my 8 favorite ways of thinking.
1. Stay willing to learn. Don’t assume you know all the answers, that is a sure way of developing blind spots.
2. Be open to strangers and be curious about their world. Always keep an open mind.
3. Take nothing for granted. Stay in awe of what you have and get to experience.
4. Don’t be entitled. I’m not suggesting that you lower your standards, just don’t limit your choices with a false sense of entitlement.
5. Learn to be a good judge of people so you can hang with strangers everywhere.
6. Keep a sense of humor and surround yourself with those who can laugh at their own missteps and misfortune.
7. Know there are no guarantees anyway. You might as well do what makes you happy.
8. Love life and it will love you right back.
As always, I want to hear from you. My creative change agents are travel, yoga, and meditation. What is your creative change agent?
Lots of love,