An adventure awaits you when you think of starting a project, company or turning your random shower idea into a reality.
You have taken those adventures in your life before.
Some have turned into great victories, others have turned into your greatest nightmares, and in some, you were lost and never returned.
Every adventure is a perilous path full of monsters, pitfalls, detours, valleys and mountains. Even the strongest of souls have struggled to complete them and have died trying.
Are there any shortcuts, you ask? Nope, the only way to find the end of it is through taking this adventure. There are no maps, and even if there are, they are unique to the person who holds them.
So what do I have to offer before you begin any adventure?
I cannot protect you entirely with tips and tricks to avoid the monsters. I cannot save you from pitfalls or even taking a long detour, but what I can do is give you a compass with rules to abide by it. Follow it, read it twice or thrice, examine every situation through its lens, and I’m sure you will reach the end of your adventure with a heart full of joy.
Here are the rules and a compass, the most important ones before you embark on an adventure to see your idea come alive.
- Think about the finished project/idea.
Before you take the first step in executing an idea or a project, spend some time writing it down or thinking to yourself about how you envision it to be in the end.
Write it down in details, explain the euphoria you shall experience when you see it come to light, the way it might impact people, the treasure you would have earned through the journey and how the world might speak highly of you.
Envisioning the end helps you start your journey with determination and hope to look forward to finishing it.
- Plan for the PITFALLS, Memento Mori
You wish for the adventure to be a bed of roses, but it isn’t always.
There are going to be pitfalls, monsters, detours and even death for sure.
You cannot plan for each of the detours you may take in executing your project or idea, but you can predict and stay wary of things that might go wrong.
In doing so, you can plan for an alternative, a PLAN B (a voluntary detour), when you sense danger. This helps you avoid at least half of the time delays, hiccups, deviation from project goals in your journey, enabling you to make the adventure less arduous.
- The power of Imagination.
You might build smaller projects on this journey, bring more people on board, and think up milestones to complete the adventure successfully.
To create all this, you must first imagine this in your mind.
Imagination is a powerful tool to be put to use on any adventure you embark on.
Find a place of solitude, spend some time imagining all this before you start creating them in the real world.
Everything is born from a place of infinite possibilities to a realm of constraints; even us beings.
- Zoom in and out, the power of PERSPECTIVES.
There are two perspectives to every map.
A zoomed out version, and a zoomed in version.
The zoomed-out version is like looking at your map from 5000ft above it.
It can help you with planning the routes, alternatives, preparing for a valley or a mountain to plan ahead in total before you take the first step.
The zoomed-in version helps you plan every day of the journey, assign your resources, plan your schedules, fight your daily battles, and complete your day on a higher note.
You need both your perspectives in hand, examining them every once in a while. Without any one of these, the chances of getting lost are too high.
- Your greatest weapon, HOPE
The odds of uncertainties are greater than your abilities to predict them.
So your only armour to protect from those is a heart full of Hope.
Hope gives you the grit to continue the journey, to bring your ideas to life or to complete your project on time.
It is an armour to protect you from the monsters of the world, to climb the mountain of problems and to survive the valley of boredom.
The journey always and must begin with Hope, helping you endure through it all and to find the light at the end of it.
This compass and its lessons would sure not save you from the bitter experiences of this journey completely, but it sure will make your experience worthwhile.
Every adventure you take is a journey.
It is a one way trip to a destination unknown.
It is not the monsters, the dark times or even the success or failure of it that matters, but it is the courage you had to take the first step and come out as a better person through the experiences that prepare you for all the
When you look back in life, let it be filled with those great stories from those journeys, to pass it on as lessons, to a person taking their first step onto their first adventure.