1. Brings out the inner child

Personally, I see myself as a living example of the optimistic child. A lot of people grow old because they stop playing. I love exploring, learning and playing in my child like emotional states. Get curious. What landmarks and historic sites would you like to visit? Who would you like to meet? What activities excite you? What would you like to learn?

 

  1. Open-mindedness

Travel expands your perspective that many people and cultures have different world views. Do I like my models of the world? Travel allows us to immerse ourselves in other cultures and develop cultural sensitivity and be adaptable to globalization. Essentially the more open-minded you are as a person the more willing you are to NEW experiences and perspectives.

 

  1. Improves social and communicational skills

Would I like to learn a different language? When travelling we frequently connect with people from different cultures. Travelling can reduce prejudice and improve our ability to communicate to all manner of people. And it’s an important life skill to be able to shift paradigms and see and understand another person from their frame of reference. The key to synergistic communication is valuing differences.

 

  1. Improves confidence

Whilst we get to plan the trip and choose our destination, who we travel with and what we take. We can also be engaging with different countries, cultures and communities that have different beliefs, values and rules.

Life is variable and not everything goes to plan. It’s in these situations where we must learn to adapt to our environments and deal with the uncertainties of life. For example; I was once with a group of people travelling the united states and we crossed the border from San Diego into Tijuana, Mexico in our hire car for a day. We left our hire car in a parking lot and returned later in the evening but were arrested for trespassing by corrupt policemen. We ended up spending the next 3 nights in a Tijuana jail in appalling conditions with no food and all inmates having to share the one water cup and then they doubled our bail to be released.

 

  1. Experiences

When we travel we see different landmarks and meet different people from different cultures and societies. What activities am I curious to do? We also gain insights into new ways of looking at the world and doing things. But how do I know my beliefs are true? Could I be wrong?

We also can build our relationships with family and friends, and often when people have a great experience the first things they want to do is share it with family and friends in photo albums or on social media. It’s in the meaning of these memories and moments of our lives that shape us. And often when people are struggling to solve problems in different areas of their life they have limited references. For example; just knowing that nelson Mandela spent 27 years in jail and demonstrated hope when it was needed the most to me is already possible. A lot of people know this intellectually but would be psychologically crushed to do it because they haven’t emotionally internalized it as a behaviour.

Remember there are no bad experiences. How will I achieve at the highest level? How will I deal with setbacks?  

 

  1. Appreciation

Life is a wonderful gift, but it’s also fragile. What am I taking for granted? Travelling teaches us to value what we have because you’ll soon see that people do live in different social classes and could be facing ongoing violence, hunger and disease daily. How am I showing up in my own life with patience, compassion, and service? Travelling also makes you appreciate family and home life more. What’s really important in my life?

“When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive, to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

 

  1. “Know thyself”

We only live once and travelling is an excellent choice for self-discovery. Seriously a lot of people know what they want in the short-term moments but have no idea of whom they’re. It’s important to connect with yourself and know yourself. What are my deepest fears? What are my dreams? Do I know my life purpose?

 

To your wanderlust,

Dave

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

From my observations of high-achievers around the world, they’re ferociously dedicated and meticulously detailed in their approach to life and their individual endeavours. I personally wouldn’t be how I am today if I didn’t set goals. Setting goals is a skill, and like all skills it can be learned.

 

FAITH

The purpose of setting goals is to give you a clear sense of direction. The people who develop it as a regular skill will accomplish more than they ever believed was originally possible for them. The process involves being strategic for closing the gap for where you’re today to where you would like to be ‘or’ to bring forth objects of your desires.

 

WHAT WILL MAKE ME THE HAPPIEST?

We’re happiest when we’re working towards something important to us. Happiness isn’t an accident, and the happiest people are very clear about whom they’re and what they want? They understand what fulfils them.

Dave believes if you’re not growing, becoming better, more skilled at any area of your life. It doesn’t matter who the individual is you’re not going to feel amazing about yourself. The more an individual engages with continuous leaning, continuous improvements they’ll feel not only more in control of their lives but experience more positive emotions. What in my life makes me happy? What was the happiest moment in my life? What would I like to accomplish?

 

WHAT ARE MY VALUES?

Your values are like a GPS system, they define who you’re and what you believe in and stand for as an individual. What kind of man has no creed? Ultra-successful people are very clear on their goals and values. This allows them to make clearer choices and develop better overall habits. Habits and behaviours don’t lie.

How can I improve if I’m making unconscious decisions?

 

KNOW THYSELF

My Personal Example; when the peer football group would turn on me in college, often multiple times a day surrounding me and physically harassing me (hit and spit on me) I would calmly respond with tolerance, kindness and non-violent leadership. This occurred daily for 18 months of my college school life. I was 16yrs old; the youngest and captain of the team, and that’s how you can lead by example.

The increasing clarity, direction and values I ingrained into my character were inspired from Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Ghandi. No individual can be stronger than his or her mental foundation. I can never repay them for the insights and further skill I developed from them.

What do you think it has done for my mental, emotional and moral conditioning?

It would be wise to select the people you want to learn from and look up to with care. Role models, teachers, colleagues. Because we learn from one another, and even though a lot of the time it can be from “what not to do” that is still learning.

 

CONFIDENCE: The inside-out approach

Self-esteem is the hallmark of a healthy personality. And your self-confidence rises more when an individual is living in alignment to their fundamental values. Therefore, value clarification is extremely important for character-development. It comes from within your own heart and mind, and living a life of integrity that’s reflected by your daily habits and deepest values.

 

Ask Myself;

  1. What are the most important things in my life?
  2. What is success?
  3. What is my definition of success?

 

To your future success,

Dave

SPECIFIC

The first thing to do is clearly decide what your goal is? This is important to prevent you from heading in directions that you don’t want to go, and it minimises the mistakes you’re inevitably going to make. For example; wasted time for self & others, financial costs.

How can I hit a target I can’t see? What needs to be done? What is my goal?

 

MEASUREABLE

The goal must be measured? How am I going to break my goal down into steps to measure my progress? Or what number and recording system do I have?  Measuring your goals will help you for mental focus and concentration.

NOW…Do I continue taking the same actions towards my goal or do I adjust my plan?

 

ACHIEVABLE

Is my goal achievable for me?

Depending on your personal levels of self-confidence and your mental and emotional ability, it would be wise to set smaller goals as a step by step progression to building confidence and achieving your goal?

Because…most of the time the average number of times a person tries to achieve a new goal before they give up? is less than ONE

It seems that if people are not seeing and feeling their actions and effort are producing their desired results they won’t be able to sustain the self-control and self-discipline. To achieve mastery for most individuals is a 10year dedication of skill repetition. Broadly speaking most young people lack patience and older individuals become set in their ways and resist the change needed for developing the new habits they need to instil for their goals. Because the fundamentals need to be practised daily, and persistence is something that we can all control.

What is my goal? and does my goal stretch me?

 

REALISTIC

Can I make my goal a reality? or is it wishful thinking. Everybody has hopes and dreams, but not everybody lives them out. This is where you will have to face the truth about yourself and the goals you desire. What amount of work ethic, skill development and personal sacrifice are you willing to endure to make your goals and dreams a reality?

 

TIME FRAME

A goal needs to be supported by specific deadlines for each of your set-tasks? and for when your goal will be completed?  This is scheduling your plan of action and will help you create the momentum to achieve your goal on schedule.

 

All the Best,

Dave

Setting goals is a skill and like all skills, it can be learned.

On the basic level; Goals give people direction and control over their life, without goals people just wander endlessly without any real purpose and without any real growth and accountability. It’s important to set goals because life is both a journey and goals to maintaining personal fulfilment. We must encourage children at an early age to learn, how to set goals and achieve them.

Why? Because it develops confidence. When we become proficient in our abilities we can set bigger goals which extends our personal reach.

Why people don’t have Goals?

– Believe they’re not necessary

– Don’t know how

– Poor self-image

– Fear

– Not sold on a purpose

In the goal setting work-shops you’ll learn to effectively set goals for all the key areas of our lives. The four human needs; live, love, learn, legacy.

You’ll be provided with a systematic approach to goal setting and a up-front instructional approach to goal setting; featuring highly reflective questions to experience, achieve or master your chosen life plans. This doesn’t mean it’s easy.

During the sessions you’ll learn practical skills to inspire your actions further and improve your ability to focus. Aristotle said it best, “we learn by doing.”

Everybody has dreams, don’t be that person who gets to the end of your life that doesn’t achieve them.

Related Articles

7 benefits of travelling

7 benefits of travelling

Goal Setting
Brings out the inner child Personally, I see myself as a living example of the optimistic child. A lot of...
Read More
THE “MASTER SKILL” FOR SUCCESS

THE “MASTER SKILL” FOR SUCCESS

Goal Setting
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” - Tony Robbins From my observations of...
Read More
Are you being SMART?

Are you being SMART?

Goal Setting
SPECIFIC The first thing to do is clearly decide what your goal is? This is important to prevent you from...
Read More
Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Featured Goal Setting
Read More