How to Live a Life of Adventures in 2012
Exploring the U.S., Circling the Globe and Discovering the South Pacific
By Will Kelsay
|At the Poland border.|
Adventures — Big ones or small ones, planned ones or unexpected ones; you name it, if there is a chance to experience the unknown, you’ll find me there. By whole-heartedly embracing XTERRA’s motto of Live More, I have gained the ability to do just that. In hindsight, I ask myself, why had I not been doing this all along? The answer — the single reason that keeps most of us from achieving our dreams…
|"Skiing" in Germany.|
Follow these steps to make your next adventurous idea a reality:
Step One — Prioritize. Ask yourself what are the most essential necessities in your life? What can you sacrifice and what is unalterable? How important is that dream to you?
Step Two — Be creative! If one of the priorities you listed is limiting your desired situation, be resourceful and devise a way around that roadblock. Take a step back; look at the positives, the negatives, all the outcomes, and scenarios of that potential adventure. Really turn them inside out, upside down, and backwards. Approaching a situation from a single standpoint will leave you with limited options for success and increase the possibility of failure.
Step Three — Formulate a plan. Start writing things down. Having a timeline and direction for pivotal components will allow the whole endeavor to become reality. With realistic steps in place it makes the impossible seem possible.
Following these steps made Will’s XTERRA Adventure a reality. First I made traveling and racing my top priorities, but that led me to a major roadblock — insufficient finances. Step two is where I found the solution. I stopped thinking about my goal from the aspect of “I want this because it’s fun” and began looking at it from the aspect of “How could I use my talents to enable my goal?” That led me to the plan of paying for my trip by promoting sponsors via clinics, talks and media. By applying these three steps, I took an overwhelming obstacle and found a creative way around it.
|Coffee in Bordeaux, France.|
In 2012, I am doing it again with a month long trip to the South Pacific racing XTERRA Guam, XTERRA Philippines, XTERRA Saipan, and the Tagaman Triathlon. Picture spending four weeks swimming in crystal clear lagoons around the remnants of an old World War II tank, tearing through lush tropical jungles on wicked single track, and sliding down a waterfall on the way to the finish line. Does that sound appealing to you? If so, you should join me! Think you can’t? Think again! No really, think again. Initially you may think you can’t do it, but like I always say, if you want it bad enough, you will find a way to Live More!
For more information on Will's adventures, visit willkelsay.com.