January 2021

One SIMPLE word to help you achieve ANY goal

person in orange waterproof jacket looking out of helicopter window at wild coastline

Take control with an adventure mindset.

This time of year reminds me of Marmite.
You either love it or hate it.

Either way, 2021 is here.
A juicy fresh year ahead!

Let’s be honest though.

New Year resolutions are dead.

With all good intentions, they’re a bunch of empty wishes that turn green and mouldy like a sad old clementine lurking at the bottom of the fruit bowl.

And hey, no one likes a furry clementine :(

So I’m thinking, let’s do things differently.

Why not replace a list of resolutions with just one word.

Yes, just one word.

That'll bring you -

  • Freedom to do things your way and be the leader of your life
  • Motivation to focus on new projects and career choices, away from the mainstream
  • Clarity to make decisions that empower you
  • Confidence to take action
  • And fun along the way

All the stuff you know will make a difference in your life this year.


With none of the procrastination, guilt and failure you feel from a list of empty resolutions.

The title gave the game away, but the big word is


I bet when you see the word adventure you get an instant pop of excitement!
I do.

You imagine travel, exploring cities, discovering new cultures, enjoying new foods - walrus watching off the coast of Norway or maybe something warmer like sloth spotting in Costa Rica followed by dinner on the beach.

A physical trip.

But it can also be used in the sense of your adventurous approach.

Things you’ve achieved and challenges you’ve overcome.
Maybe living overseas, learning new languages, retraining and qualifying, creating an unconventional career path, starting your business . . .

So take a moment now to think of an adventure you’ve lived.
(Short or long)

  • Where were you?
  • What were you doing?

Whatever comes to mind, I bet it involved all sorts of highs, lows, challenges and achievements.

None of it just happened on its own.
It took input from you.

You LIVED the adventure.

When you’re on an adventure, you have a certain attitude in the moment.

An adventure mindset

You commit to it.
You’re resourceful.
You find solutions.
You get creative and inventive.
It encourages the daring, courageous side of you.
You laugh and maybe cry.

But despite all sorts of obstacles, you find a way through.

Adventure needs action, purpose and problem solving.
You can’t just sit on your arse!

Adventure is the willingness to commit to an uncertain outcome with an open mind and heart.

So how is this big word ADVENTURE going to help you?

It will help you if you apply it to your thinking.

By using an adventure mindset when it comes to projects you want start, activities you want to try, goals you want to reach.

Use it as a tool.


By asking yourself these 4 adventure questions

  • 1. What am I trying to accomplish and why?
  • 2. What knowledge, resources or people do I have available to help me?
  • 3. How can I step outside my comfort zone to achieve my goal?
  • 4. How can I adapt my approach if things aren’t working?

So, in times of uncertainty, carry this one simple word - adventure.

Unlike an empty wish-list of new year resolutions,
It’s packed with all the qualities you need.

It’ll give you new perspective.
It’ll motivate you to find solutions.
It’ll create confidence in your abilities.

Now equipped with your 4 questions,

Go and adventure!

(Oh BTW, I hear walri can be grumpy, so approach with caution!)

Matt Ainsley

life adventurer and unconventionalist

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