People are always looking for the self-development tool that will better themselves (especially around this time of year). Book shops are filled with books and the Internet is filled with sites (like this one) trying to help people become the best version of themselves.
We make a list of resolutions for the new year, and plan to become this best possible version of ourselves. Then, usually around February, we totally give up because we feel completely overwhelmed by our exhaustive list. We then begin to rely on the right situations to prevent themselves that will somehow transform us into our ideal self.
What if I told you to scrap this whole process?
Take your list of new year resolutions and put them to the side. Instead, just put one goal down. This goal will have a bigger impact on you than the rest of your resolutions combined. It is the single best self-development tool you can have at your disposal…
Make the Decision
One of the main reasons that people feel unfulfilled and unsatisfied with themselves is because they are stuck in a job that doesn’t serve much of a purpose (or maybe it’s just a sh***y job). Another reason can simply be a lack of travel. A lack of venturing out of their comfort zone and seeking new experiences.
Some wish to learn more about the world.
Others wish to venture to new places.
Some are after new and exotic food.
Others wish to travel full-time and build a location independent life.
The list really goes on and on.
If that’s not enough on its own, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of why travel is the best self-development tool.
The Ultimate Self-Development Tool
Lets imagine a list of resolutions that lots of people will have for the new year:
- Improve your communication.
- Become better in social situations.
- Be more confident.
- Get better at problem solving.
Now, lets imagine that you set that list aside and decide to focus solely on travelling more.
Picture this; you’re travelling to Japan. Now, you don’t speak any Japanese and you’re going to have to find your way to your accommodation. This means you’ll have to read foreign signs on the road or in the train stations or you may have to ask for help. This could involve dancing around hilariously and pointing at Google maps on your phone.
Side note: I’ve tried this, it can work!
Finally, by the time you reach your accommodation, you’ve already worked on your communication and problem solving skills.
You could learn some basic Japanese to further help you out in these situations.
Next up, you’re staying at a hostel. These are the best places to stay for those who want to meet other nomads and work on their social skills. You always meet people when staying in hostels. People will just come up to you and start chatting – they will most likely be solo travellers who (like you) are looking to improve their social skills and meet new people.
So, in the time that it takes to make it to your accommodation and settle in, you’ve already began to improve three aspects of your new year list. And the best part is that you won’t even notice this happening.
The great part about travel is that it forces you to better yourself, to develop, to adapt to new situations and benefit from them.
All of this will unconsciously build your confidence. One of my biggest takeaways from travel is how much my confidence grew, as an individual.
Travel can be quite a daunting experience, especially if you’ve never done it before. But, instead of surrendering to the fears of travel, tackle them head on and you’ll become a more complete you. Everyone is always looking to become the best possible version of themselves and nothing forces people to become exactly that quite like travel.
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