How to stay motivated for your next adventure

Motivation is a tricky thing. Harnessing its energy and potential is vital in early stages, only because motivation tends to wane after the initial excitement wears off.

Maybe you’ve researched a new adventure, one which really got your blood pumping just imagining the possibilities, but lost motivation and backed out. What happened there?

Adventure requires a lot of time, money, nerves, bravery, and a willingness to expect the unexpected. A part of your brain rejects all of the above. And for good reason.

So it is important to develop a motivation management system. The longer you stay motivated for your next adventure, the more likely you will meet your goals.

Personally, I gather every last item related to my next adventure. Maps, guide books, online forums, brochures—you name it. Call it an ongoing attempt to raise stoke levels.

Lately, though, I’m curious if there is another, more effective way to achieve adventure goals.

If you’ve worked in sales, maybe you’re familiar with the idea of a sales pipeline, where a prospect becomes a lead, then an opportunity, and hopefully a sale.

To be successful with a sales pipeline, one must stay motivated to ensure each segment flows freely.

What if we were to approach our adventure goals the same way? Say you think of an adventurous idea, do your research, find an exciting lead, call the right people to establish opportunity. And finally, that day arrives. Success.

In theory, if you stay motivated to feed your adventure pipeline, you’ll never run out of adventures. You’ll encounter snags here and there, but with time, you’ll notice an increase in quality adventure prospects.

Just a theory, at least. Any tips or general concerns on the subject?


Just go!

How often do you sit at home wasting time planning your day?

Will you take the mountain bikes out?  The kayaks? Perhaps bag a peak you’ve been researching?  Or climb a technical route you heard about? Maybe you’ll call an old friend for a round of golf?

Some of us have a tendency to overthink our every move, which inevitably leads to one excuse after another. You would take the bikes out, but you have nobody to ride with.  Kayaking would be nice, but the water sure is cold.  And there is a 10% chance of rain on the mountain.  Better stay home.

Before you know it, the day is over, and you’re still on the couch.  Maybe next time. Now what?

The easiest solution to your problem is to just go!

Call your buddies. Pack your gear. Just go.