With exploration, you begin to change your journey; you begin to open yourself up to the unknown. You begin to separate the old story--what you've always done, who you've always been--from the new story--what you'd like to learn to do, who you'd like to become.
With exploration, you disregard the old voice in your head. The one that says, "I can't do that!" The one that tells you, "That's not who I am!" The one that says, "Get real!" or "Yes, but." The one that keeps you from trying new things, from stepping outside of your comfort zone, from giving free rein to your curiosity.
Curiosity--exploration--is what you use to push yourself up the new life curve, rather than allowing yourself to slide back down along the old slope. Taken from: Life Reimagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities
by Richard Leider and Alan Webber, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2013