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ADVENTUROUSNESS

Ahhhh, adventure. Just saying it sounds good. Who doesn’t love a good adventure?

 

The chance to explore something or somewhere new, that heart pumping feeling of adrenaline coursing through your body, and the exhilaration that comes from breaking out of the norm.

 

We’ve all heard that adventure is good for the soul, but very few realize its transformative effects and its direct role in enhancing one’s ability to make improvements in life.

 

We all know some blokes that are highly adventurous, and a few others who are quite content staying within their comfort zone. The very definition of adventurousness means willing to seek out new adventures, take chances or try new things, make calculated risks, and be bold.

 

Why wouldn’t we want to live like that? Life itself is a grand adventure!

 

Adventurousness is a skill anyone can develop, and you’ll want to - here’s why:

 

  • Adventurousness leads to new experiences and different ways of viewing the world. This enhances a person’s ability to handle ambiguous situations because an adventurous person is more comfortable with uncertainty and has learned to calculate risk.

 

  • Adventurous people are typically non-conformists. They aren’t afraid to take the road less traveled or pursue the unknown.

 

  • They score high in courage and low in the regret department.

 

  • They are high-spirited, don’t mind a good challenge, are persuasive, and possess mutual independence.

 

  • They are typically more prone to have wanderlust, that deep desire to travel and have new experiences. New experiences are instrumental in helping us grow.  

 

  • Adventurousness can assist in managing stress and fears, and is often a catalyst in initiating positive change.   

 

  • The adventurous individual is usually more resilient and possesses more self-efficacy (this influences a person’s resourcefulness).

 

That’s a lot of advantages! The biggest advantage is the developed skill of calculating risk. This experience in positive risk-taking allows the adventurous person to react more decisively to incoming threats.

 

Studies show they pay more attention to their intuition, and they aren’t afraid to initiate change when it's needed. This is a valuable life skill. Here’s how you can implement this winning formula into your life:

 

Don’t make decisions based on emotional biases from personal experience, or how things have turned out for you in the past. This can be a flawed system. Instead,

 

  1. Evaluate the probability of the risk – seek input from experts if you need to but ultimately, rely on your own gut feeling. Sometimes it’s helpful to assign a percentage to the likelihood of something undesirable happening.

  2. Evaluate the significance of the risk – compare your potential risk to the riskiest thing you typically do in your daily life. Weigh its risk against its benefit. Obviously, the bigger the benefit, the bigger the tolerance of risk. Then, weigh the risk of not doing it, and see which is greater.  

 

Ultimately, you need to take value in your intuition. Even with all the best assessments, some things don’t go as planned. If that occurs, just remember you made the best decision you could with the information you had at the time.  

 

Being more open to adventurousness comes with stepping out of your comfort zone and cultivating an openness to experience. While it can be a bit intimidating at times, the rewards are tremendous and will enhance your life. Seek out new experiences and activities. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!

 

If you feel you or someone you love could use some help in this area, call me at 512-470-6976 for a complimentary, 20-minute phone consultation.

References:

Brown, V.J. (2014) Risk perception, It’s personal. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/ehp.122-A276

Costa, P. T., McCrae, R. R., Zonderman, A. B., Barbano, H. E., Lebowitz, B. and Larson, D. M. (1986). Cross-Sectional Studies of Personality in a National Sample: 2. Stability in Neuroticism, Extraversion, and Openness. Psychology and Aging. 1(2). 144-149

Kelly, D. (2012) PTypes, Adventurousness Personality Types. http://www.ptypes.com/adventurous.html

Lickerman, A. (2010) How To decide what risks are worth taking; a method for making difficult choices. Accessed: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/happiness-in-world/201001/how-decide-what-risks-are-worth-taking

Neill, J. (2007) The psychology of adventure. http://www.wilderdom.com/psychology/PsychologyOfAdventure.html

Rudner, A. (2015). An attitude of adventure. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(5), 42.

Rhodes, H. M., & Martin, A. J. (2014). Behavior Change After Adventure Education Courses: Do Work Colleagues Notice? Journal of Experiential Education, 37(3), 265–284. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053825913503115

Process factors explaining psycho-social outcomes in adventure therapy

Russell, Keith C.; Gillis, Harold L. (Lee); Kivlighan, Dennis M., Jr..Psychotherapy Vol. 54, Iss. 3,  (Sep 2017): 273-280. DOI:10.1037/pst0000131

Smillie, L. (2017) Openness to experience: the gates of the mind: Accessed: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/openness-to-experience-the-gates-of-the-mind/

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