What Is Your Winning Adventure?

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How Do You Define the Winning Adventure?

Life is an adventure and we get to choose what we make of it. We get to choose how we see life. Is the glass half full or empty? We get to choose how we handle the challenges and the bumpy roads. We can complain, be a victim or we can look for the gifts. We get to choose how we make a difference in the world. Do you want to be a role model, a mentor or volunteer? You get to choose what is the best version of you. You get to choose how you show up in the world. What are you choosing today? What is your winning adventure?

My top fifteen.choose to see the good

  1. Helping others…from the time I was a little girl and I saw Shirley Temple in the movie Heidi, I knew that I had to help the Clara’s of the world: People who had grown comfortable in their pain and circumstances, frightened to reach out toward healing, wholeness and joy.
  2. Personal freedom…visiting new and exciting places while experiencing new cultures and hearing people’s stories:  riding a camel across the desert in Israel; eating fish and chips in front of the television with the owner of my New Zealand B and B; belly dancing in a local restaurant in Morocco.
  3.  Love…Being involved with family and friends in loving, compassionate and deep heartfelt ways. Having agreed to disagree conversations with my adult children and getting to be GRANDMA (Raspberry kisses, make believe and magic).
  4. Finding the fun in life…being able to laugh at myself and the things I have tried all in the name of losing weight or healing: shake rattle and roll machines; all the chocolate cream filled donuts you can eat and swimming for two hours diet; sitting in the car at midnight, waiting for the train to go by while I screamed at the top of my lungs.
  5. Being creative…from the time I was six and I had Miss Rae’s Art School; scribbles and doodle; reading tarot cards; or taking candid photographs of laundry around the world and intimate portraits of flowers.
  6. Being old enough to BREAK THE RULES: having dessert for breakfast (Crème Brule and almost any ice cream with gold brick topping and marshmallow fluff); saying NO to friends and families unreasonable and sometimes reasonable requests; and starting a new business at age 60.
  7. Say yes to wearing exquisite, vibrant colored clothes and accessories, and bold, big pieces of jewelry and my cowboy hat.cowboy hat
  8. Authenticity…Standing in my power and sharing my truth in print, live and on the radio.
  9.  Diva Rae singing in public, draped across the piano in a purple sequined gown, a sultry version of the itsy bitsy spider. (LOL)
  10. Being a spiritual eclectic: studying eastern and western religions; attending different services around the world; taking what I want and leaving the rest.
  11. Nature… Enjoying the sound of the seagulls, the sun shining on my face and the wind blowing in my hair.
  12. Envisioning a bigger, better, brilliant, abundant future without knowing the how.
  13. Gratitude…A big thank you for every moment I am alive.
  14. Watching So You Think You Can Dance and The Voice and listening to country music.
  15. The ultimate winning adventure …Loving Life! No matter what your past, you can choose to live creatively, passionately and joyfully.

Make your life and work a winning adventure.

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What Is Your Winning Adventure for 2014?


Welcome to 2014 and The Winning Adventure!                                                                                                                                                                      biggest adventure

I’m Rae Luskin Chief Explorer and Tour Guide around here. But let’s be clear on one thing – while I have started this new facebook community https://www.facebook.com/winningadventure#, you are the ones who will make it what it is. It is not mine, it’s OURS.

I see my mission as pretty simple: Explore, Listen and Share

To explore myself, to listen to your story, and to share new tools so you can live your legacy now and become the hero of your own epic adventure.

Most of my life I lacked the confidence to go after my dreams. I was stuck in I am not good enough or I can’t mentality. I walked around with my head down, tip toeing around the elephant in the living room (gramps sexually abused me) trying to be a fly on the wall. I did not want anyone to find out my “secret.” I was afraid if you knew the real me you would go running from the room. Furthermore, I thought that if I was too visible, too outspoken, bad things would happen. In my family there was a lot of rage and verbal assaults.

My inner critic was on high alert most of the time. Who do you think you are? Don’t get too big for your britches? What are you stupid or crazy?

So I played it safe. I kept myself invisible. I did what  was expected of me. But I was miserable. Depressed. Obese. Lonely.  But with a sense of Adventure, Curiosity, and Creativity I was able to overcome my limiting beliefs and fear based behavior.  

 I became an author, artist, speaker and coach.  I went from shy to outspoken. Writing controversial opinions or often voicing the dissenting opinion at board meetings. I became an effective leader and community activist. As a radio talk show host I was able to share stories of victim to victor, from stuck to unstoppable and change my life and the lives of thousands of other people.

At The Winning Adventure we believe that everyone has a unique gift. It does not matter if you are a little league coach, head of the local PTO or the CEO of your business you have a sphere of influence. We are all leaders. Doing work you love and creating impact is your birthright.

You just have to be willing to do the work, make the discoveries and surround yourself with the people who make it possible. If we commit to doing that, the ‘impossible’ starts to become possible.  That’s when everything begins to change.  

That is what this community is designed to do for its members – for YOU. For all of us.

So in case you’re wondering what The Winning Adventure stands for around here, this is a breakdown of what we believe and how we live at The Winning Adventure. If it resonates, I hope you’ll stick around. This is just the beginning…

How an Idea Begins to Change the World

I heard a whisper… Interview 100 leaders across the country

The inner critic jumped in and said are you crazy? Who would listen to you?

Did the inner work and tapped into my courage.

In the last year I was blessed to interview over 120 leaders around the country.

Started writing Stuck to Unstoppable and the Creative Edge.

They inspired me and I am sure their stories will inspire you.

What I know for sure is everyone wants to be seen, heard and understood.

I want to create a safe space for you.

I want to know what makes you come alive.

Travel makes me come alive. It has been a passion of mine since my first trip to Europe with my family when I was 16. I was entranced by the people, the natural beauty, the aesthetics and different cultures and communities. I have traveled first class staying at five star hotels  or gone steerage in a cabin without a port hole. I have ridden a camel in Israel, had a snake wrapped around my neck in Morocco, and walked through the rainforest in New Zealand. I have found travel inspirational and transcendent. I got to act differently, try on new behavior, be anyone I wanted. I became an expert in resource management: money, time, energy, fun and learning. I got to tap into my courage muscle and be pioneer, an adventurer, navigator…a creative  leader. It was where I found out who I was, what was essential to  my well being.

The summer before my senior year in college while traveling with my best friend I made the decision to leave school and go into therapy for the first time.

After my trip to New Zealand in 1998 I came home and decided to open my own healing art center called Art and Soul Connections.

In 2001 during my trip to Italy I got to play tour guide and came up with my agenda for my new job as President of the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago, North Shore

I believe that life is an adventure.  It does not mean you have to go around the world. You can have an adventure at home, in this moment. It is an attitude. It is a calling. It is committing to your dreams. It takes some planning. So begin today.


  What is The Winning Adventure for you in the New Year?

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Here are some prompts:

If you knew you could not fail  would you like to do?

What are your greatest talents?

What have your life experiences prepared you to do?

What “problems” in the world touch your soul?

Who inspires you?

What are you curious about learning?

What makes your heart sing?

What do you want to be known and remembered for?


By listening to our inner voice we are actually being the change we want to see in the world.

I would love to hear from you what makes you come alive. What is The Winning Adventure for you? I want to support you on your journey.

Please like my new facebook page and tell us how we can support your dreams.  https://www.facebook.com/winningadventure#




How Do You Define Success?

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As the New Year approaches we inevitably start to ask the big questions: Will the economy finally turn around? Will I have a job next year? Am I going to finally meet the love of my life? We are busy creating our 2014 business plan, New Year’s resolutions for personal growth and preparing for the diet that starts on Jan. 2. But the question remains how do you know if you had a good year? How do you know when you have been successful?

Success seems like this this elusive, mythical creature that we prepare for, chase after and desire: Money, Celebrity, Power. If we don’t get it we feel like a failure. Do you remember hearing your parents talk about people who jumped out of windows because they lost “everything” in the great crash. Similarly people drop out, break down, have mid life crisis because they aren’t achieving or being who they think they should.

Last year I felt like a failure. I did not reach my “financial goals” and I had to dip into my savings one more time to keep my business going.  Not until I looked deeper at my life and business did I see how “rich” I really was.  I created a success map for myself. It is an embellished  time line. I started at  the beginning of the year in the left hand corner and went through the year. I asked myself a series of questions and I plotted them out on the paper . When I was finished I was amazed at what I accomplished. The people I impacted and how I made a difference in the world.

Imagine you are standing at the back of your church listening to your eulogy. What are they saying about you? Oh he had three beautiful homes and an antique car collection or he was an inspiration to his family and neighbors. He was never too busy to stop and give a helping hand. Are they going to remember the big deal you closed at work or how you inspired and mentored your team. 

What do you want to be known and remembered for?

” Unless you have thought through the answer to that question, you are at risk of letting others define success for you or trying to keep up with their definitions of success. Only when you can define what is most important in your life can you set the right priorities for your life and become an integrated leader” – Bill George with Peter Sims, True North

If you aren’t happy and feeling successful it’s time to rethink how you define success, and start making changes to your professional and personal life that align with that definition.


How to Make a Success Map



markers/colored pens

stickers ( gold stars, awesome, hearts, smiley faces)

Steps to take:

Write down your current definition of success.

Create your success map based on questions listed below ( obviously add your own)

Identify your top ten successes

Add stickers

Journal about your experience. What patterns emerged? Any themes?

Write your new definition of success.

Create an affirmation that you put on a 3×5 index card

Place them where you can see them every day: mirror, in the car, above your desk, in your wallet.

Celebrate your accomplishments.


What activities/ events brought a smile to my face?

What did I learn this year?

Whose lives have I impacted?Ask Questions 3d button

What was the most loving service I performed?

How have I made a difference?

What surprised me?

What 3 people made the most impact on me?

What risks did I take this year?

In what ways did I grow emotionally, physically and spiritually?

What was my grandest adventure in 2013?

What is the biggest change from last year to this year?

What was the best thing that happened to me in 2013?

What was the most challenging thing that happened to me last year?

How did I overcome my challenges?

What is the most creative thing I did?

If I could change one thing about me or my life, what would it be?

What is the legacy I would like to leave at home, at work and in the community?

What is the most courageous thing I did?

What is the biggest lesson I learned this year?

How am I going to celebrate my accomplishments?



I would love to hear your definition of success in the comment box.

I have additional material available to help you vision for the New Year, a  free visioning and goal setting report which you can get at http://winningadventure.com/visioning-and-goal-setting/