The Power of Transformational Travel
Traveling to a foreign country and staying for an extended period of time is a remarkable transformational experience. It’s right up there with any self-development course you invest in that evolves you.
It’s quite remarkable. You absolutely have time to examine your life, examine your needs, what’s working and what’s not working and get to know yourself again. One of the more profound shifts I came home with had to do with boundaries and tolerations in my life. What was I truly tolerating that was knocking the wind out of my sails every time I allowed that annoyance to continue in my personal or professional life? Prior to traveling, I truly did not give myself the luxury of time or inspiration to even do this.
I can tell you exactly the day I felt the anxiety, stress and demands of life melt away and open to a new normal of living life.
It was in that moment I began my new normal of requiring joy and happiness to be my guide; not pressure and stress to inspire me to take action. Now, three weeks later, I find myself protecting my joy and happiness like a gatekeeper to a treasure. I no longer tolerate my old habits that kept me stuck, people who I tolerated just to be nice, and activities that really did not align with my joy.
My tolerations list sits front and center on my goals list as I look at it every day eliminating several each week feeling liberated and more dignified and calmer than ever. Now, I have to work at it. It’s not easy; but it’s deeply imbedded in my soul where I notice immediately when someone or something does not FEEL right because it’s not in alignment with my joy and happiness.
See if you can resonate with the new mantra I live by; “Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
Do you have a transformational travel experience to share where you returned home with a new normal and life changed for the better as a result? Do share ☺