Do your fears overcome you, or do you overcome your fears?
One of the reasons Kate and I started DNK Presents was because of our love of adventure, and we know there is a direct correlation with the challenges we have faced in the in outdoors and the success we have had in our professional careers.
Fear is the unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, or may cause pain to us. As humans we fear a lot of things in our lives, objects like spiders, snakes, heights, and non-object things such as, asking for a raise, public speaking, and failure. Some people may never overcome their fears, but many times in order to move forward with our life we MUST overcome these fears to be successful and reach our goals.
Signing up for your next adventure is one of the ways you can overcome your biggest fear, and transmit that into your personal and professional life. Check out the list we put together below and start living your next adventure!
Adventure is FUN!
While you’re busy worrying about your biggest fear at home or the office you could be out living your next adventure, whether that’s taking a hike in your favorite park or white water rafting the Pacuare River in Costa Rica. Sometimes you need to step away from what is haunting you in order to see it from a different perspective.
Reconnect with NATURE
According to Everyday Health, (http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/major-depression-resource-center/how-nature-helps-depression/) spending time outdoors is a key component in the evidence based treatment called, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which encourages the human body to accept things in life that make people fearful or uncomfortable. Being in nature instills more mindfulness, and makes you more at ease with your worries and fears. So get outside, take some deep breaths, and THEN think about a new career, and take a walk on the wild side.
Not relying on TECHNOLOGY
A recent study done by Kleiner Perkins Caufield, says the average phone user checks their device every 6 minutes or around 150 times a day. Image NOT checking your phone for a day, but rather using your well powered brain to figure out your next move by following trail blazes and reading maps. Psychologists from the University of Utah and the University of Kansas conducted a study and that showed individuals scored 50% better on a creative test after spending four days in nature. http://www.zmescience.com/other/outdoor-activity-problem-solving-14122012/
This proves that those who spend time in nature are better problem solvers because of the ability they have to make conscience decisions without relying on technology.
According to the Forbes article, “Take a Risk: The Odds are Better Than you Think” by Margie Warrell, expert motivational speaker and best selling author, we as humans are innately risk adverse, it’s much easier for us to stay in our comfort zones, not speak up, or going along with change.
But if no one took risks we wouldn’t have most things that have been vital to the advancement of our economy and human race. I’m not suggesting jumping off bridges or diving into something without weighing your options. You should definitely do your research before partaking in an offer or decision that is presented to you, but remember there is sometimes a greater risk in not taking one at all.
Fear what FEAR?
Taking on an outdoor adventure for at least 48 hours will make you realize your biggest fear isn’t so big after all. Overcoming challenges in the outdoors will prepare you to take on just about anything that comes your way. For example, taking a wrong turn on your mountain bike, leading you to the black diamond portion of the trail, it was scary and you may have felt worried and fearful at times, but guaranteed you’ll never forget the experience. These experiences change the way we approach situations that occur in our daily life.
Now, you have 5 reasons to take an adventure to overcome your fears! Hopefully it will let you see your fear with a new perspective, advise you to weigh the positive and negative risks, reconnect with yourself through nature, and most importantly have fun by living life adventurously!
How have your overcome a fear in the past? We’d love to know! Let us know in the comments below or drop us an email at email@example.com.
At DNK Presents we lead guided adventure retreats for groups and businesses for team building, health and wellness, and client and employee reward programs. We have taken groups hiking, backpacking, trail running, mountain biking, caving, rock climbing and canoeing.
We started DNK Presents because of our love of the great outdoors and adventure. We accredit our professional success and strong relationship to our connection to nature and our healthy work life balance. But what does adventure really mean to us? We’re so glad you asked!
What is Adventure?
- -Challenging yourself mentally and physically
- – Trying something for the first time
- -Overcoming a fear or obstacle
- -Pushing yourself beyond what you think you cannot accomplish
- -Taking risks
- -Living off the grid
- -Being outside (anytime of year!)
- -Not having an itinerary
- -Living in the present
Adventure – according to dictionary.com is 1. (noun) an unusual, exciting, typically hazardous experience or activity. 1. (verb) engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially in the exploration of unknown territory.
Knowing our definition and the dictionary’s definition of adventure, it’s sort of an oxymoron that we “plan” adventures for groups and businesses because adventure is the unexpected. As in life you plan as much as you can to a certain point, hopefully everything falls into place, but sometimes things do not always turn out the way we had planned. How do we handle set backs, and the unexpected situations? Successful people are those who figure out how to move forward from an unexpected situation or set back.
We believe experiencing new adventures in your life prepares you for the unexpected occurrences that life throws us at times. Filling your life with new adventures and experiences is a way to live a fulfilled and well-balanced life. Studies have proven that outdoor activities increase problem solving skills, productivity, creativity, and develop a positive mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
We have been blessed to have experienced many adventures with DNK Presents and on our own. We have been caving in lava tubes in Mt. St. Helens, skied un-groomed terrain in Mount Rainier National Forest, white water rafted and rappelled waterfalls in the jungles of Costa Rica, competed in mountain bike adventure races and many more exciting and challenging activities. We have found that living our lives filled with adventure and excitement gives us the courage to take on new challenges, be prepared to face whatever life brings to us, and to be grateful for the many gifts we are blessed with.
Like Amelia Earthart said, “ Adventure in itself is worthwhile.”
We are blessed to share our passion for the great outdoors while helping individuals, groups and businesses find and explore their next big adventure.
What does adventure meant to you? What was your last great adventure? Let us know in the comments below!