After a short writing hiatus (to be honest, I was having a touch of writer's block on a few other projects and took a little break from the whole exercise), I'll continue with my current series on the "rules."
Rule #3: Always Be Prepared.
The Boyscouts got this one dead on. Always be ready for an adventure. If you're not ready, or worse, have to get ready, then you'll miss out. Just think back over how many opportunities, both large and small, you missed because you weren't ready for them. You must avoid not being ready at all costs.
At any given moment, an adventure can present itself. If you're not ready for action, you will miss your chance to seize the opportunity.
Dress Up, Even If You're Not Planning on Going Out: It is far easier to "dress down" than to dress up. It's one of the unwritten laws of the universe. Therefore, if you keep yourself looking at the top of your game, then you can respond quickly when an opportunity arises. When the phone rings, you're ready to leave. If you have to change to "dress down" you only have to worry about changing your clothing to "whatever" is in the closet. If you're not dressed up, you now have the problem of picking out the clothing you need, getting cleaned, removing lint and on and on.
Keep Your Car Ready: Keep your car clean, well-maintained and filled with gas at all times. That way, when you need it, it's ready to go. You don't have to stop by the gas station for a fill-up (try that with a date or before going to a classy restaurant). The car looks better clean (have you ever needed your car dirty?). You don't have the problem of being late, or worse, entirely missing an event because you're stuck on the side of the road.
Keep Your Home Clean and Organized: A clean and organized home is one you can let anyone into without worrying over what they'll think. Once a living space is clean and orderly, it's far easier to maintain that way, saving you time you can use on pursuing your adventures.
If you're not mentally ready for an adventure, you will allow it to slide by or, if you accept the opportunity, mess it up entirely. Remember Rule #2, Educate Yourself. This is your first step to being mentally prepared.
Learn to Improvise: Improvisation will keep your mind sharp when something unexpected happens or you are forced to alter your plans. If you're adept at improvisation, you're not only able to handle these "hitches" but also confident enough to handle them without a second thought.
Learn to Adapt: Adaptability to new and novel situations are the life's blood of any adventurer. If you are flexible enough to handle anything that comes your way, then you can easily and readily seize every opportunity life offers you. In time, your adaptability will gain you a new found confidence in your ability to grab life by the horns.
Keep a Positive Attitude: A positive outlook on life, no matter what's happening, will allow you to identify opportunities for fun and adventure as they approach you. Keep negative thoughts, and especially negative people, at an arms length or better yet, avoid them entirely. Constantly reinforce your mental attitude by focusing on your successes rather than dwelling on perceived failures.
Keep yourself ready to go at all times. Be aware of what's happening around you. Keep your eyes and ears open always watch and listen for opportunities for adventure. You'll soon start seeing just how full of fun and excitement every day can be.
"I'm Bored." Edit these words from your vocabulary. Never say them again as long as you live.
Simple. If people hear you say "I'm bored," what they really hear is "I'm boring." You definitely do not want to be perceived that way. Worse, the fact is, if you say "I'm bored" you have no one to blame but yourself for that state of being. If you find yourself bored, bloody well do something that's not boring.