Start with the End in Mind
I had totally forgotten about Steven Covey and his Seven Habits.
Turns out that Habit 2 - Start With the End in Mind - had been floating around in my head but I hadn't connected the dots.
Habit 2 is based on imagination--the ability to envision in your mind what you cannot at present see with your eyes. It is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don't make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default. It's about connecting again with your own uniqueness and then defining the personal, moral, and ethical guidelines within which you can most happily express and fulfill yourself. Begin with the End in Mind means to begin each day, task, or project with a clear vision of your desired direction and destination, and then continue by flexing your proactive muscles to make things happen. - www.StephenCovey.com
What this habit suggests, essentially, is that we must create the image of our goal and then live consciously with this vision as a reference point.
Through imagination we are able to visualize our own potential, which is critical when aiming towards a big change or shift, as in the case of long term travel and relocation.
It is around this Habit which I created Adventure Mapping. I love a good travel idea; you're here because you have one. It might read something like, "some day I'd love to spend a year travelling through South America," or "I've always wanted to move to DreamLand."
While these ideas are beautiful, they are incredibly vague and nebulous. So long as they alone represent a travel goal you might have, the liklihood of actualizing that dream is incredibly small. That is, unless, you're the kind of person who on a whim up and decides it's time to just hop on a plane. Which would be awesome.
Through Adeventure Mapping I lead you on a journey to turn that idea into something much more tangible and specific --- to allow yourself the space to dream big, get whimsical, and build fun details into your Travel Vision.
Only then, with a more clear End In Mind, can you start to be more deliberate and actionable in making that journey a reality.