- "It is not the critic who counts, not the man who
points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could
have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose
face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly. Who
knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion; who spends himself in
a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew
neither victory nor defeat." U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt
- First of all, Merry Christmas to all Americans and thank
you all for reading my columns through the years. Thank you for taking
action on the serious issues facing America in these early years of the
21st century. This is our watch and we must make future generations
proud of our efforts to maintain our country.
- Since it's Christmas, I would like to give you a small
gift or "taste" that may make a difference in your life or that
of a loved one. If you look to the side of this column, you will see the
cover of my latest book: How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art
of Exploring the World. It's meant for kids from 13 to 95.
- This book gives teens and young adults precise directions
for living successful lives. It dissolves middle aged life crises. This
book thrusts new energy into retirees' golden years. In a few words-it's
a vibrant book for anyone at any age who wants to live his or her dreams.
- You will find five life enhancing concepts and six practices
in the book that will thrust you into your highest good, your greatest
abundance and finest hour. Please note that your adventures may be painting,
sculpting, writing poems, pottery or walking down a leaf-strewn lane in
autumn. You define your adventures and the speed at which you pursue them.
You may love to travel or paddle a canoe. This book celebrates your proclivities
- This is the first of its kind book on how you
can switch from dreaming to living your dreams. One high school
senior, after hearing the program said, "This has been the best hour
of my entire four years in high school. Thanks for the lessons."
One baby boomer said, "This is the most fascinating book I've ever
read. I'm going for it!"
- Below, you might enjoy Chapter 29 as the second of six
practices that will show you how to live your dreams.
- 2nd Practice-Choose your view
- No one else but you chooses your mental perspective or
your life view. You may choose a positive, negative, neutral, fearful,
dull or bored life attitude. You could choose an outlook such as, "I
don't care." You can choose an outlook such as, "I will make
a positive difference." You may become involved in life or uninvolved.
It's up to you.
- Please examine two basic views that will
lift you toward an extraordinary life experience or an average life path.
- Will you choose a worm's-eye view or an eagle's-eye
view? Okay! I know what you're thinking. Worms don't have eyes to see.
Work with me here. Which will you choose? If you think below the surface
or think limitations or wallow in your muck from past conditions-your world
will remain that of a worm's reality.
- When I attended high school, I studied every
night. I attended every class. I played sports. I joined clubs to connect
with other students. I learned how to swing dance. I pitched newspapers
to 80 customers on my paper route at 5:00 a.m. seven days a week. I kept
my eyes on the prize.
- WORM'S- EYE VIEW
- At the same time, quite a few of my classmates
hung out in the parking lot-smoking, drinking and wasting time doing nothing.
They didn't complete their homework assignments. Many dropped out to
work as tire changers, janitors or stock boys. None of them advanced to
college or trade schools.
- They guaranteed themselves mediocre lives.
They chained themselves to the lowest financial rung of the ladder. They
hung with each other so they thought their actions or lack of actions appeared
normal. Intellectual mediocrity, lassitude and sloth rarely make for a
- Such a worm's-eye view ensures definite lifetime
limitations. It limits mental and physical travel. It relegates such
a person to trailer parks or housing projects. It means factory jobs,
stocking grocery shelves, maid work and other minimum wage employment.
It means few choices and scant satisfaction.
- At my high school reunions, I couldn't help
but wonder what would have happened if those dudes and dudettes had chosen
to study hard, engage in high school, move on to college and live a more
abundant life. Their eyes may have been as bright and shiny as those in
our class who chose the eagle's-eye view. Be certain that you get to choose.
When possible, choose your view early in life.
- The creative process affords, however, that at any life
juncture, a mental shift will produce stellar results. It's really up
to you how dynamic a life you want to live. It can start at any time you
choose to change to an eagle's-eye view.
- EAGLE'S- EYE VIEW
- For those who choose an eagle's-eye view, hold
on to your hats. What a ride! When you put your heart, mind and spirit
into the joy of living, you discover a passionate, purposeful and energy-filled
life. It's whatever turns you on that thrusts your mind toward mental
and emotional zeniths.
- I met a young guy named Sandy on my adventure
to Antarctica. He was spirited, exuberant and friendly. He worked his
way through college to become a journalist and photographer. He possessed
buckets of high energy. During his time in Antarctica, he raced in the
Scott Hut Race in bitter cold. He jumped into the water in the 12 foot
thick ice of the Southern Oceans. He raced around the world within 10
seconds at the South Pole.
- I've watched him for 13 years. He learned
to speak Japanese. He traveled to France to learn how to speak French.
He traveled to China, South America, Australia and other regions on the
planet. Later, he met a delightful lady. They decided on a family. Today,
he's a father and loves it. He skis, rafts, climbs and races in marathons.
He lives in the woods of New Hampshire.
- Did he receive a special start in life? Not
really. He's a country boy from Missouri. He earned everything through
hard work and tenacity.
- Sandy provides you with an example of an eagle's-eye
view of living.
- "The outward movement into form does not
express itself with equal intensity in all people." said Eckhart Tolle,
author of Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. "Some feel a strong
urge to build, create, become involved, achieve and make an impact on the
- Does an eagle's-eye view mean you must be excited
or filled with high-energy?
- No, not at all.
- Quieter yet equally dynamic people may be called
- "They are more inward looking by
nature," said Tolle. "Their role is just as vital as that of
the creators, the doers and the reformers. They endow the seemingly insignificant
with profound meaning. They affect the world much more deeply than is
visible on the surface of their lives."
- Another young man I met in Texas on my 2010
bicycle ride across America proved quiet yet dynamic. Davis walked up
to me at a sandwich shop, "Are you the one riding that bike that says
coast to coast?"
- "Sure am," I said.
- "Can I buy you dinner?" he said.
- "Why would you buy me dinner?" I
- "I want to learn how you do it,"
- As we talked, Davis said, "I don't want
to live a boring life. I want to see the world. I don't want to be average."
- What did I notice about him? He came across
as a quiet 18-year-old with a thirst for knowledge to live a great life.
He attends college where he reads and writes profusely. His mind expands
toward the great events of his future. We keep in touch and I look forward
to his unfolding life with an eagle's-eye view attitude.
- When you decide to see the world from a higher
calling, your intentions fly with your thoughts. In other words, your
dreams become your reality. Let these concepts move you toward your dreams.
You make the call. No matter what the pains of your past, forgive anyone
that has ever hurt you and unload your emotional baggage so it doesn't
burden your brain or emotions. Your current perceptions color your imagination
- Engage these points to adopt an eagle's-eye
- 1. Write down what will
move your dream into motion.
- 2. Take inventory, improve,
build upon and expand your talents and abilities to maximize your potential.
- 3. Think positively, optimistically,
affirmatively and constructively.
- 4. Delete that other self
in your brain that comes on negatively.
- 5. Identify any trepidation
and neutralize it by positive mental decisions.
- 6. Think and see success,
write it down on paper and repeat it aloud.
- 7. Keep and read affirmations
on your desk, fridge, car dash, bathroom mirror and everywhere that will
move your mind toward your intention.
- 8. Hang with others that
enjoy your eagle's-eye view.
- What does an eagle's-eye view feel like?
- When I go skiing, I take the Panoramic Express
chair lift in Winter Park, Colorado to the highest point on the mountain
at 12,065 feet. Once off the lift, I spread my arms like the wings of
an eagle and fly down the mountain with long graceful turns. Out front,
the massive 13,000- foot Perry's Peak greets me and the Continental Divide
cuts a rugged profile across the cobalt sky above me. Essentially, I am
an eagle flying at great altitude.
- However, you don't need to live in the mountains
to enjoy an eagle's-eye view. You can ride your bicycle while flying down
the road for the same feeling. You can choose a positive mental-emotional
point of view. You may be scuba diving for that eagle's-eye view or perhaps
taking a canoe trip. Whatever your activity, take it to your highest level
of attitude and fulfillment.
- Proceed toward tomorrow with an eagle's-eye
- How the book will benefit you!
- · You
will discover your strengths, self-confidence and passions
- · You
may engage methodical steps for moving into your own fulfilling adventure-filled
- · You
will build steadfast convictions and personal empowerment
- · You
will find others to share your adventures
- · You
will discover which kinds of adventures excite you
- · Check
lists for men and women for every kind of adventure
- · You
will never look back with regrets
- The promise of this book thrusts you into a fulfilling,
fun-filled and satisfying adventure life that you create with the concepts
offered. The practices lead you to stronger confidence in yourself.
- How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of Exploring
the World by Frosty Wooldridge
- ORDER HOW TO LIVE A LIFE OF ADVENTURE TODAY!
- Soft cover: $19.95 at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
- Direct from the publisher: $16.95 at 1 888 280 7715
- Kindle: $5.95
- 6"x 9" size
- 361 pages
- ISBN 978-1-4634-2028--4
- Order from publisher, immediate shipping: 1 888 280 7715
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- Also, you may obtain a DVD of the live presentation with
slide show around the world for $19.95 by mailing a check to Frosty Wooldridge,
POB 207, Louisville, CO 80027
- Praise for-How to Live a Life of Adventure: The Art of
Exploring the World
- "Frosty Wooldridge physically and emotionally came
into my life and changed it. He inspired me with his positive passion.
He got it into my mind to ride a bicycle across America and I did. It
was a dream fulfilled because of him. This book will give you the same
chance to change your life and live your dreams. You can go from as small
a dream to as big a dream as you want. You can live a truly adventurous
life. Frosty has no desire for you to just read his book and then sit
back. He says, "Let's get out there and do it." So get him in
your mind as you read this amazing book. He has written this book for you,
to you, to help you fulfill the passions and dreams you have bottled up
inside." Dr. Scott W. Poindexter
- "Half way through the concepts and practices in
this profound book, I realized that the author may have meant to show readers
how to live a life of adventure, but it occurred to me that this book shows
anyone how to lead a very happy and successful life on a day to day basis.
His concepts support mental, emotional, educational and spiritual health.
Every kid and adult in America would benefit greatly by reading this book.
It's that good." Arthur Daniels, teacher
- "After reading the first 20 chapters, I was ready
to go out and tackle a grizzly bear, wrestle a sea lion and climb Mount
Everest. Wooldridge takes you where you want to go. Not only does he
inspire you to take adventures, he shows you how to do it. He wraps you
around his little finger with some of the most amazing tales on the planet.
While I loved the educational aspects of the book, I couldn't stop reading
the adventures between every chapter. If I could live a tenth of his life,
I'm signing up today. I loved how thorough he was with references, key
points and guides." Roger Hamilton, teacher
- "If you endeavor to live like you mean it, to aspire
to show up with passion and purpose, and take your being to maximum heart
rate in mind and body-please allow Frosty to coach, inspire and guide you. How
to Live a Life of Adventure will rock your body and soul, and enliven
within you your belief and practice of living like you mean it-with passion
and purpose." Dr. James Rouse, world traveler, Founder of Optimum
- "Hands down! This is one of the best adventure books
I have ever read with stories from all over the world. But wait! Wooldridge
shows you "how" to go adventuring so you can make your own stories
and fill your own scrapbook with memories. It's excellent in every way."
- "Wooldridge loves adventure. From Antarctica to
Death Valley and from the Bolivian jungles to Norway's Arctic Circle and
from Australia's Outback to climbing the Himalayas. Frosty is peerless
in his relentless pursuit of life itself. In this book, he shows you step
by step how to create your own life of adventure. Step up and take a sip
from Frosty's wisdom and common sense concepts. You are sure to write
your own book from your own experiences as you become a painter, musician
or world traveler. This book will get you on your way." Sandy Colhoun,
photographer, editor, globe trotter