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While the term “growth mindset” has gained traction in the business world, we can also refer to it as self-efficacy or abundance. For the sake of this conversation, we will use “abundance”. Abundance is a mindset which, like a muscle, can be strengthened overtime through effort and experience. When we build up this muscle, we tap into a new tool kit that enhances everyday life.
Throughout our lives, circumstances can steer us toward or away from reaching our potential. What matters most is ensuring our thoughts and actions come from a place of abundance – an idea bank with an unlimited supply of what we need, so there is no need to be possessive or defensive over what we create, say, or do. When we act in accordance with abundance, we become empathetic, open-minded, and generous; we overcome the fears of being judged, being wrong, and looking bad; we understand that every juncture represents nothing more than a prototype of oneself and of one’s creation, the potential of all things is unknown.
This highlights a context for the phrase “travel broadens the mind”. Travel is an epiphany-friendly activity and a catalyst for growth; it synthesises the mindset, knowledge, and environment. Besides the more tangible knowledge we gain about a country or a culture, the uncertainty that stems from being in an unfamiliar environment can also offer an ethereal benefit. Travel forces us into a whirlwind of decisive and immediate action, reminding us that the current situation is not the only option open to us. It accentuates our innate talent in planning, creating, connecting, and flourishing. It reminds us to stretch ourselves and push ourselves just a little bit more as our potential is not set in stone.
Richard Bangs, often referred to as “the father of modern adventure travel”, sees the attempts to push beyond one’s comfort zone while on travel as a way to create an evolution of consciousness. When asked to define modern adventure, he says it is more of “a mental state than it is anything physical or necessarily even active”. His latest post on The Huffington Post is a lovely read.
After reading his article, it’s easy to see the brilliance of Richard. He is more than the father of modern adventure travel, he is also an exemplar of abundance and a mentor to many.
(Image from tipsoftravelling.com)