Reinvent Yourself By Asking Yourself These 2 Questions Every Day While Traveling
Reinventing yourself is no easy task. Doing it through travel can make it more fun. You get to explore new places, enjoy new experiences and make memories to last a lifetime.
Doesn't sound too much like work does it? It doesn't have to be.
At the end of each day while traveling, take 5 minutes and ask yourself these 2 simple questions:
- What was my happiest moment today?
- What made me most uncomfortable today?
Out of all the things you did that day, you can narrow down to the moment you enjoyed the most. The great thing about travel is it strips you from your familiar and you are left with YOU. Nothing else.
That means you will be naturally gravitated to the things that most interest you. This allows you to become closer to your true and happiest self. This isn't always the case, but will set you up for the best conditions for it.
Most Uncomfortable Moment
You may be able to spot this one pretty easy and you may not even want to focus on it. This uncomfortable moment is key for your growth and reinventing yourself.
It may have something to do with talking with strangers, not having access to familiar food or restrooms. It could even be something as simple as not having WiFi for a few hours. Whatever that moment is, identify it.
Thinking about it is great, but you need to record it. Pull out your cellphone and take a 60-second video and include the following:
- The day of the week or date
- What city you are located in
- Happiest moment
- Most uncomfortable moment
Do this at the end of each day. No exceptions. Don't wait until the end of the trip and catch up on several days. It has to be the day you feel these emotions. I recommend making it a video rather than journaling it. With a video, you can notice the small ways HOW you said it, rather than just what was said.
When You Return Home
After all your fun on your trip, you'll need to sit down for about an hour. Reflect within 3 days of you returning home. It has to be fresh in your mind so it will work the best.
As you review the videos, you'll notice some trends. You'll generally find the things that make you the most happy. It may even jump right at you. As soon as you figure out the trends of your happiest moments, your mission in life is to do more of that. Period. It doesn't need to be only when you travel, anytime you can do that stuff that makes you happy.
Doing and prioritizing what makes you happy is one of the most important things you can do in life. Creating the time to do that stuff will change your life forever. It may be difficult at first, but if it truly makes you happy, then you can make time for that, right?
Of course, we need to talk about what makes you uncomfortable. It's nobody's favorite but it will create the most growth for you. The biggest aspect of this discomfort is awareness. Until you focused on it, you may have never noticed it. It may have been one of those things that has been holding you back for years.
Once you identify it, you can do one of two things. The first thing you can do is change that discomfort and put it in your comfort zone. What ever made you uncomfortable, just do it. As long as it doesn't put you in any danger, do it. You may have to do it several times before it's no longer at a high level of discomfort. More of transforming discomfort into your comfort zone in another article.
The second thing you can do is to just be aware of it. Being true to yourself and knowing that you are a certain way will help you "avoid" potential moments that will take aware from your experience. There is a fine line between "avoiding" and running away. It's a delicate line that only you can find. As long as you understand why you are uncomfortable, you are already ahead of the game. Plan your trips and activities to generally avoid the discomfort, not necessarily the activity.
Reinventing yourself will take time, but this is a shortcut way to do it. Plus you get to travel. Who wouldn't love that!
You don't have to travel abroad for you to do this exercise. You can do it on a weekend trip. You can even do it every day at home. But it's true power lies while you are traveling and experiencing new things in life.