Adventure is inspiring.  We watch movies that showcase someone’s adventure that includes challenges, risks and relationships.  Everyone leaves the theatre feeling like they can conquer the world because they just saw it in action.  They have a hero to imitate. They know what adventure looks like now and they want to achieve something like it.  Basically they feel inspired!

What’s In It For Me?

Be more enthusiastic about your life as you allow yourself to look at things a little differently. Be ready to do bigger and better things when you’re done with these labs


The “Be” in “Be Your Adventure” is a verb. In fact, we think of it as an action verb, because to be your adventure means taking action that moves your life in a positive direct. Labs are how that happens. Choose one (or more!) of the labs below as a way to take action on this topic! Learn more about labs.

Lab #1: Be Inspired by a risk taker

Be inspired by a young woman following her heart, taking a risk, and starting a business. Check out this intro video by Tessa Witmer, owner of Hattie Rex and Lightbox.

Lab #2: Study William Wallace in Braveheart!

Watch your favorite inspirational movie.  I suggest one with a hero, or heroine, that accomplishes the seemingly impossible.  Think about the hero in the movie and dissect what made their story successful in the end.  What made him/her tick? What made them get out of bed in the morning? I know William Wallace (Braveheart) experienced a painful end but he was the guy who made Scotland’s independence possible.  He saved a country! That’s inspiring!

Lab #3: Inspiration Is Closer Than You Think

Now think of someone that you know that inspires you.  A friend, a coworker or a family member? What is it specifically that they do with their day that inspires you?  What is it that you can imitate that may be challenging to you? Do they give other people time when they are having personal problems?  Do they workout everyday? Did they quit their job to live the life they’ve always wanted? What makes them excel in life? Be specific when looking at their habits.  You get the picture!

Lab #4: Imitate and Initiate

So you’ve chosen someone to imitate and now you have to initiate something in your own life.  The beginning of this adventure could begin with those small or larger steps mentioned above. Take a simple challenge and prove to yourself that you have what it takes.  Get up a little earlier in the morning, take 5-10 mile hike (something challenging), make a coffee date to reach out to a friend or simply join a gym and get fit! No step is too small and no step is too large.


Now that you’ve taken action by choosing one or more of the labs and trying it/them out, the “Postgame” is how you share your results—including any insights you may have gained—with the community. Learn more about postgame reports.

  1. After the movie think about the hero in the movie and dissect what made this hero’s story successful in the end.  What specifically inspired you about him/her?
  2. Who did you choose to imitate?  What did you find out about how they live their lives (big or small habits) and how were you able to imitate them and initiate change in your own life?

As we all get stuck in a somewhat uninspiring environment we can look to folks that are pushing the limits, taking risks and overcoming overwhelming odds and strive to do the same!  And after all is said and done wouldn’t it be great to go from the one being inspired to the hero that inspires others! So at the end of the day…Be Inspired and Be Your Adventure!


Val Oechslin

Creator, Be Your Adventure

Val Oechslin is passionate about helping people reach new heights, overcome obstacles, and become the person they’ve always dreamed of being. An artist, filmmaker, storyteller, and vision coach, Val makes her home in Bozeman, Montana with her husband, Tom.

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