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Humans, by their nature, are creatures of habit. We fall into the same routine, the same patterns. We eat at the same restaurants, sit at the same desk, walk the same route to work and go about our jobs (and relationships) in the same, comfortable way. It’s good…until it’s not.

When you’ve got a good thing going, it’s hard to justify taking a risk, that may result in failure. Jobs demand perfection giving little room to fail. Society expects you play it safe. Schools want you to walk the line.

This leads to stagnancy and an aversion to failure that keeps us from growing and ultimately holds businesses, workplaces, relationships and people from achieving their ultimate potential.

The answer…is a little more Adventure!

1. Adventure expands ‘normal’
It transforms us, expands our comfort zone and helps us define our own measures of success. It allows us room to grow, develop and achieve our true potential.

2. Adventure creates curiosity
It empowers the learner inside of us. It leaves us more imaginative, inspired and unlocks the creativity in us all. Adventure reconnects us all with our childlike curiosity, activates our growth mindset and reminds us of the value of play.

3. Adventure fills your cup
Being outdoors makes you sharper, improves your wellbeing, refreshes your sense and improves your focus. Research shows that being in nature helps lower cortisol, reduce stress and improves performance. By doing so helps you look at things from a distance and allows you to see things more clearly.

4. Adventure makes you radically resilient
It improves your cognitive and emotional flexibility, problem-solving skills and redefines what you are capable of. Adventure is like a muscle that needs to be exercised. The more we do it, the stronger we become.

5. Adventure buys you valuable time
In today’s overly busy, overly scheduled, digitally addicted lives, it’s even more important to create the spaces in-between, not rely on instant gratification and disconnect from time to time. Adventure forces us to slow down, empowers time-out, limits distractions, improves patience, creates space for deep thinking, creativity and ideation.

6. Adventure builds up your tribe
It is the largest level playing field on earth and enables everyone to see the world and each other in a new way. Nature draws people together and helps foster social ties, healing and unity. It builds team cohesionand emotional intelligence. Adventure doesn’t judge what clothes you wear, your gender, your age, race or color – it embraces diversity and helps buildthriving teams.

7. Adventure is relative
“Adventure is an activity with an unknown outcome.”

Adventure is anything you make of it, anything that pushes you beyond your normal routine, your normal life, your normal world view. It is intensely personal, guided by your interests, skills and desires.

Any adventure is a worthwhile undertaking. What that adventure is, is up to you. You just have to embrace the unknown, ‘choose your own (micro to mammoth) adventure’ and decide to adopt an adventurous mindset.

“What is it you are going to do with your one wild and precious life?”

A massive thank you to you both for all your assistance from selecting to co-ordinating the speakers for our annual ProLoan conference. Feedback was that this year’s speakers where the best they had EVER heard at ANY event. So this is pretty amazing, because they do go to a lot of sessions like these.

Director of Network Relationships - Proloan (aust) pty ltd

Again this year you and your team have been fantastic and extremely helpful.  In regards to you Sharm, you have been an absolute star and phenomenal help with our speakers and presenters, a great communicator, wealth of knowledge and so prompt with responding and looking at ways to cater to our needs.

Event Manager Fitness Australia

I would recommend, without hesitation, the services of Jane Rowland Smith and Ovations. Jane answered a last minute call to arrange a guest speaker for our principals. Nothing was too much effort, all was arranged within hours, and went very smoothly. The guest speaker was exactly what we required and our brief was followed. Thank you Jane and the team at Ovations.

Executive Director of Schools Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

All aspects of the process has always gone seamlessly with Ovations and we will continue to seek your assistance for the awards in the coming years.

Thank you again, your help has meant that our Awards are very professional and extremely well received by our members and guests.

Executive Assistant BSCAA NSW Division

Jane, I personally want to thank you for all of your support, advice, patience and all round kindness that you have given me over the last 3 or so years.  This event would not have been as successful without the valuable MC’s you have recommended and the support you provided me when it all just seemed too hard

Shona Dilley – Smart School Awards, Department of Education
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