“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
~William Feather

If I’ve learned one thing in the last year, it’s that I’m really not in charge and there is so much out of my control. That said, the other thing I’ve learned is that it’s essential that I “control” the one thing I can:  Me – how I see things, what I think, what I say, and what I do. That is in my control, and it’s in my best interests to do my best to show up as my best self.

One way I’ve found to do that, as William Feather suggests, is to look upon life as an adventure.

Clearly, if my life is full enough that I can have my memoir, to the moon and back, published, then my life has certainly been interesting. I’ve learned that I have a choice whether I look at my interesting life as a series of hardships and challenges, or as an adventure.

And when I look at it as an adventure, I do think I get the most out of it, because I sense my excitement to see what unfolds and my appreciation of all that happened in my interesting childhood, because it made me who I am and it, actually, gave me a unique perspective and gifts to share with others.

I share this perspective with clients often. Everyone has faced challenges in the past, and everyone is finding obstacles and “learning opportunities” in their now. Especially now. I get to remind my clients that the obstacles, the learning opportunities – the whole journey in fact – can be looked upon as an adventure. As mountains to climb, river rapids to steer through, new people to meet.

And when we choose to control our perspective and to see life in all its ups and downs as an adventure – especially now – we find more passion, enthusiasm, and new points of view with which to tackle what’s in front of us.

And to get the most out of life.

How have you learned to look at life as an adventure?
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