It’s 7:49 am as I write this. It’s a cloudy Sunday morning; the date is February 19th, 2023. With most of my possessions sold, I’m sitting in a nearly empty apartment. I’m on my bed (which will soon be gone, too) with my laptop sprawled in front of me.
To my left lay two bins and one cardboard box full of my books, journals, and other sentimental possessions I’ve accumulated over the years—ready for storage.
Behind my valuables is my travel luggage suitcase.
I’m going on the adventure of my life. On February 27th, I’m jumping on a one-way flight to Singapore. Why? To train in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Evolve MMA, Asia’s top martial arts organization.
The Adventure of My Life; Why I’m Doing This…
I’ve been planning this trip for a long time. And now that the time is here, it’s almost surreal. However, I know it won’t be easy. In fact, it will probably be the most difficult thing I’ve ever attempted.
I have no idea what to expect when I leave.
And due to this uncertainty, I’ve taken the time to become clear on why this is so important to me. I believe everyone doing anything noteworthy would benefit from clarifying their reasons.
Your reasons pull you through on down days and hard times. Here are mine for going on the adventure of my life…
1. See What I’m Made of
Quick story: 2021 was the most successful year of my life. I ran two marathons, I self-published my first book, and perhaps my biggest accomplishment, I landed my dream job. It wasn’t easy; all of these goals took a lot of hard work and perseverance.
But as a result of these achievements, I began asking myself: what else am I capable of?
This line of questioning led to me taking up Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Bright-eyed and full of eagerness, I donned my white belt with pride.
I wanted to test my capabilities and push my limits. And I knew starting martial arts training would be the perfect way to do that. Since that day, I’ve fallen in love with the sport.
And while I have no intention of turning it into a career (writing will always be my number one), I want to see how good I can get and how far I can push myself!
2. Explore the World
As of this writing, I’m 31 years old and have only left Canada twice. And both times, I went to California—so I barely left my own backyard. This trip is an opportunity to get out there, explore, and see the world in a way I never have before.
Now, it doesn’t mean I’m going to spend the rest of my days as a globe trotter. But it does mean I want to see more than just the confines of my homeland.
3. Develop Trust in Myself
Life is tough; the world can be a brutal place. And I want to know that I’m capable of handling it. I want to know that if I say I’m going to do something, it’s “done” before I’ve even started.
Moreover, I want to know that regardless of the challenges and difficulties the world will inevitably throw at me, I can persevere and accomplish my aims.
4. Harden My Character
Let’s face it, we’re spoiled here in The West. Canada in particular is filled with a bunch of snowflakes that melt at the slightest sign of opposition or pressure. No one values determination, strength, character, hard work, etc.
Most people want to tip-toe through life as seamlessly as possible. They don’t want to rock the boat or do anything that may bring about stress and struggle. This self-preserving mindset makes us weak!
Now, don’t get me wrong. People are free to choose to live their lives however they please. But that’s NOT how I want to live my life. I want to be strong, ambitious, determined, powerful, and live a life of growth and adventure!
For this reason, I must be strong. And the way I see it, leaving Canada is the perfect way to test my capabilities and push myself out of my comfort zone.
5. Grow and Evolve as a Man (My Own Self-Improvement)
I’ve gotten comfortable in life…
I have a nice apartment, a career I love, a comfortable salary, etc. But, as a result, things have become… stale. I don’t want to come off as ungrateful; I know how lucky I am. And I’ve worked hard to get to this point.
But life is calling me to new horizons.
And I have to honour that call. Because I know the adventure of my life is waiting on the other side, along with growth, development, and the next chapter of my life. I want to become all that I can be.
And that won’t happen in the sheltered warmth of my bachelor apartment. I have to get out into the world.
I’m Ready for the Adventure of my Life
This will be the most challenging but also the most exciting and fulfilling experience of my life. And all I can say is I’m ready for it. I’m ready for this new chapter, I’m ready for the challenges, the growth, and the new life that’s awaiting me! If you have a goal in your mind that’s gnawing at you, but you feel like you don’t have what it takes.
It’s simply a lack of courage. And luckily, courage can b developed through consistent acts of self-discipline in you facing your fears. And in my ebook, I give you a step-by-step blueprint on how to build your courage muscle and align your actions with your desires.