You have some big dreams this year, right?
You want to embark on the adventure of your lifetime.
You want to work at a clinic in Africa.
You want to ride your bike across Qatar.
You want to create a documentary about your trips around Europe in your van.
You want to ditch your soul-draining 9 to 5 job.
And you want to pound your shyness into dust.
Being a Thoughtful Adventurer means you probably have a lot of huge dreams.
Sometimes they are so big… it is always easy to push back starting on them until…
Or in the past… maybe you would just try to “Wing It.”
I know I have done this.
Fly by the seat of my pants…
Figuring that if I just throw everything I have at IT (whatever IT happens to be at the moment)…
Then I can’t possibly fail… right?
Without too much of a plan, I’ve actually been able to accomplish a lot.
Although… I usually end up overwhelmed, confused, and wondering,
“What the HECK was I really trying to accomplish?”
A quick confession about my planning skills (or lack of)…
I’ve never really set up a SERIOUS yearly plan with my big goals.
Sure… I’d doodled in notebooks, written down big dreams, and made huge plans.
But they always seemed to get buried under new doodles, new dreams, and new plans.
It always would start to feel pretty overwhelming…
And even felt like I wasn’t always wasting weeks or months trying to figure out which direction to move in.
Even though last year, I was able to create some really cool shit.
I wrote a book about talking to anyone, shot a documentary about hitchhiking across the USA (again), helped some people become Un-Shy, helped others beat procrastination, and helped some more make popular videos.
BUT… as I layed in bed and contemplated 2012…
If I am completely honest with myself…
I’m not proud of my progress.
I know I could have been more effective.
Here’s the thing with Thoughtful Adventurers like us…
We are fantastic at having an inspiring vision for our lives.
We are great at helping other people rock and roll their lives.
We never have a shortage of ideas… most of which could be valuable creations.
We might even bounce from idea to idea…
AND… we never follow through on any of our ideas.
Thoughtful Adventurers tend to suck at doing the tedious, boring, and uninspiring things.
It hurts you more than most… to work on the lame stuff.
Even though we realize that to make really, really special things… you have to slog day in and day out and do some boring shit.
You have to save 10$ a day, so that you can rock out in Mexico for New Year’s next year.
You have to write an hour every day when you wake up, so you can finish a novel by the end of the year.
You have to make a song a week, so you can create one mind-blowing album.
And you have to do boring shit… to make valuable stuff.
But if you have a solid plan… you can watch all those boring tasks add up to something fantastic.
Which might make them slightly less boring.
Here’s a free workbook on how you can ‘map’ your year to accomplish your big goals.
Then I Adventure Sauce-d their resources up some to fit my needs…
And created a 13-page workbook called…
Map Your Yearly Goals.
If you are frustrated with the life you are living… maybe it is time to map your changes.
I get a lot of emails from people, who are really frustrated with where they are at in life.
They are working some job that kills them a little more each day.
They are living in some town that isn’t as cool as the places they dream about living.
Or they are stuck with being shy… when that girl they love is sitting right across the coffee shop.
They know they got big stuff ahead… they can see the island with their binoculars…
But to turn the big creaking wooden sailboat that is their life towards it…
It almost seems too big to even try.
Which is why a map can help you plan all those tiny little actions…
Which can add up to a completely different life after awhile.
Or if you have already started turning your huge ship of a life…
Maybe you just want to some ideas on how to get to that island of your dreams a little faster.
A yearly plan can help you speed even faster towards your dreams.
Create a yearly plan to help you focus on your big adventures…
So you can do the daily action to get you there.
Living the adventure of a lifetime starts…
One moment at a time.
One step at a time.
One day at a time.
One decision at a time.
One goal at a time.
Writer Graham Greene only wrote 500 words a day.
That is less than 2 pages a day.
But he wrote them every day.
And when he died he had written 24 novels in his lifetime and had amassed a large body of journalism, travel writing, plays, and other pieces.
You can do a TON in a year.
If you take daily steps on the things that are most important to you.
Are you ready to move faster towards the Adventure of your Lifetime?
Then come up with a good plan for your year today.
Download a free copy of Map Your Yearly Goals now.
Or if you have your own style of planning for your year…
Please let our community know your secrets by writing them in the comments.
We’d really appreciate hearing from you.
Happy New Year!
I’m excited for what 2013 can bring you, our Posse, and our world.
Ps. One quick thing…
Map Your Yearly Goals is a free resource, so please use it as you see fit.
I only ask that if you find it useful, please share it with someone who needs it.