There are two main strategies we can adopt to improve our quality of life.
The first is to make external conditions match our goals.
The second is to change how we experience external conditions to make them fit our goals.
The Five C's: Five characteristics for optimal life experiences
How Pivot Adventure changes external conditions, and more importantly, how we experience them.
When teenagers feel that they know what their parents expect from them—goals and feedback in the course and family interaction are unambiguous.
The child's perception—parents are interested in what they are doing in the present, in their concrete feelings and experiences, rather than being preoccupied with whether they will be getting into a good college or obtaining a well-paying job.
Adolescents feel that they have a variety of possibilities from which to choose.
The trust that allows the child to feel comfortable enough to set aside the shield of his or her defenses and become unselfconsciously involved in whatever he or she is interested in.
Parent's dedication to provide increasingly complex opportunities for action to their children.
We learn as we go.
If we stop going, we stop learning.
When trying to change external conditions or how we experience them, neither strategy is effective when used alone. Yet, too often, we keep hoping that by changing the external conditions of our lives it will provide a solution.
Wealth, status and power have become powerful symbols of happiness. We assume that by acquiring these same symbols, we can be happy too. But symbols can be deceptive. The reality is that the quality of our life does not depend on what we own, but rather, how we feel about ourselves and about what happens to us.
To improve life, one must improve the quality of experience.
At Pivot Adventure, we don't give insider tips about how to be happy. Instead, we teach principles. We accomplish this through positive human experiences—joy, creativity, the process of total involvement—referred to as flow.
The benefits of flow
Flow, also known as being in the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. Flow is important because it makes the present more enjoyable and because it builds self-confidence that allows us to develop skills and make significant contributions to humankind.
Creates autotelic experiences
The term autotelic derives from two Greek words; auto meaning self and telos meaning goal. It refers to a self-contained activity, one that is done not with the expectation of some future benefit, but simply because the doing itself is the reward. In other words, flow helps build internal motivations to do hard things.
Create an everlasting effect
Children who live in family situations that facilitate clarity of goals, feedback, feeling of control, concentration on the task at hand, intrinsic motivation and challenge will have a better chance to order their lives to make flow possible. In families where the Five C's are not in place, a great deal of energy is spent in strife.
Build a new purpose
The most important trait of survivors is a strongly directed purpose that is not self-seeking. People who have that quality are bent on doing their best in all circumstances, yet they are not concerned with advancing their own self interests. Because they are intrinsically motivated in their actions, they are not easily disturbed by external threats. With enough psychic energy freed to observe and analyze their surroundings objectively, they have a better chance of discovering in them new opportunities for action.
Since 2010, adolescents have seen a staggering 30% increase in depressive symptoms, suicide-related outcomes and suicide rates.
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Course Cost: $495