Cody Townsend took his passion to the next level – a new level. Watch as he straight-lines a vertical chute deep in Alaska’s Tordrillos Mountain Range at about 60 miles per hour.
Cody made that run for a new film, “Days of My Youth.” The movie offers “a unique glimpse into the journey of self-discovery that every skier experiences.”
What will you discover?
Today, an adventure awaits you. So, please join me as we welcome …
2015 – The Year of Adventure
[Applause. Cheers. Nervous laughter.]
An adventure can be “an undertaking involving danger and unknown risks.” If that’s what you want, go for it. Or an adventure can be an “exciting or remarkable experience.” You get to choose.
However, the adventure I propose requires marching out of your comfort zone. It requires the willingness to see the risk and go for it. It concerns your leadership in the weeks ahead. It means something must change or you’ll be stuck.
The time to release 2014 is coming. But first, I encourage you to create space and reflect on these three questions. Your answers become your Story. And yes, this exercise is best completed with pen and paper in hand…
- What got you here?
What will you celebrate? What did you achieve?
Who and what are you grateful for?
Who do you appreciate? Who helped you get here? How will they know?
What didn’t work out as you hoped? What did you learn from it?
- What does there look like?
Two things set us up for a next level breakthrough:
PROMISE – hope for the future, potential, possibilities, and significance.
PAIN – disappointment, frustration, discomfort.
PAIN and PROMISE drive the desire for change.
What behavior limits your positive influence with others?
How might your thinking hold you back?
What can you learn from the truth in your Story – from the feedback, experience, success, and failures?
What does success look like?
- How will you get there?
What support do you have? Need? Who? When?
What happens if you don’t get there?
Why does it matter that you change…?
What’s the scariest thing you’ll do?
Cody Townsend earned Powder Magazine’s award: “Best Ski Line 2014” with his run. The 89-second challenge exposed both his hope and fears. Did you hear what he said off camera at the end of the run? “That’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done.”
The adventure that calls you engages your ability and willingness to learn and change and exposes you to both hope and fear. To change ancient behavior is hard work and it can be scary. It means you must leave your comfort zone.
What must you change to expand your influence?
The gift of a fresh start is before you choose wisely.
Here’s to your 2015: The Year of Adventure!
PS: Let me know, will you join me and make 2015 – The Year of Adventure?