The Mindset On Moving Forward w/ Adventurer Jeremy McGhee

The other day, as I was scrolling through social media, old memories from my childhood unexpectedly crept back in. Photos of friends posing with loving families on vacations or holidays stirred up familiar feelings of sadness, anger and resentment within me.

You see, being orphaned at a young age and subsequently growing up bouncing between various foster homes has always been incredibly difficult for me to accept. (CLICK HERE to here my story) While others had stable families and support systems, I felt utterly alone in the world from a very young age. The trauma of abandonment and loss of stability left deep wounds that were still raw all these years later.

As happy snapshots of family life paraded across my screen, the painful memories I’d worked so hard to bury resurfaced. “Why did this have to happen to me?” I thought bitterly, feeling sorry for my younger self yet again. “It’s not fair that I never got the stable home and parents that everyone else seems to have.”

For many years, I held onto anger and resentment over being adopted at a young age and growing up in foster care. I felt like being orphaned had “ruined” my life and that I was a victim of circumstances completely outside of my control. I never wanted to accept or acknowledge this difficult part of my past.

It wasn’t until listening to a recent podcast interview with Jeremy McGhee that I started to reconsider my perspective. Jeremy’s story illustrated how radical acceptance is about embracing reality as it exists, without attempting to change or resist what is out of our control. It’s about acknowledging hard truths for what they are and making room for them, rather than reacting based on perceived lack or loss.


Jeremy’s example showed me that cultivating gratitude, perspective and empowerment can help overcome even the deepest-seated feelings of anger or grief. If he could find meaning and purpose after a paralyzing accident, then perhaps I could do the same regarding my childhood experiences.

Jeremy’s journey shows that when life throws us curveballs, we have a choice – to let them break us or use them as an opportunity to break through to something new. After his accident, Jeremy could have given in to paralysis physically and mentally. But instead, he chose to radically accept his new situation and keep pursuing his passions through adaptive sports. 

Jeremy’s journey shows that when life throws us curveballs, we have a choice – to let them break us or use them as an opportunity to break through to something new. After his accident, Jeremy could have given in to paralysis physically and mentally. But instead, he chose to radically accept his new situation and keep pursuing his passions through adaptive sports.

His message that our abilities “lie not in what we lack but in our willingness to embrace each day” resonated deeply. It reminded me that my ability is not defined by my fears, but rather by how I choose to show up each day. That quote from Jeremy really struck a chord with me. For so long, I defined my abilities by what I thought I lacked – confidence, courage, talent. I focused on all the reasons I shouldn’t try something rather than what I was capable of.

Jeremy’s perspective flipped that entire mindset on its head. He reminded me that our abilities aren’t limited by the boxes we put ourselves in or the fears that hold us back. Rather, they are defined by our willingness to embrace each new day as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.

This reframing has been hugely impactful for me. Now when doubts creep in, I remember that my ability is infinite as long as I choose to see it that way. I’m learning to greet each morning with gratitude for undiscovered possibilities instead of anxiety about potential failures.

It’s a practice to shift from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance. But conversations like the one I had with Jeremy provide the inspiration to keep working on it. I’m grateful for people willing to share their journeys of reframing life’s challenges – it gives me hope that I too can overcome self-imposed limitations.

Our abilities truly do lie within, not without. And each day we have the choice to cultivate them through embracing life’s gifts rather than focusing on what we lack. I’m thankful this message from Jeremy is helping me learn to do just that.

I’m still a work in progress, but conversations like this one with Jeremy inspire me to live more freely outside of my comfort zone. To take risks, be vulnerable and seize each moment as an opportunity rather than a threat. For so long, I held myself back out of fear. But he showed me that some of life’s most meaningful experiences can come from pushing past what’s easy or familiar.

A few things I’m consciously working on based on Jeremy’s example:

  • Taking small risks every day, even if it’s just something minor like trying a new food or activity. Small wins help build confidence.
  • Putting myself out there more socially instead of isolating due to anxiety. Community helps during challenges.
  • Stepping outside my routine by saying yes to invitations I’d normally decline. New experiences lead to growth.
  • Sharing vulnerabilities and asking for help when I need it. Vulnerability breeds connection.
  • Pursuing hobbies and dreams I once let fear hold me back from. Our abilities are limitless.
  • Accepting that discomfort often comes after discovery. Staying in my comfort zone keeps me there.

Jeremy’s perseverance through adversity inspires me to start living boldly, not perfectly. I’m grateful for reminders that freedom lies beyond what’s easy or familiar – it comes from embracing each day’s opportunities.

His story has been a powerful reminder for me that when life changes our plans, happiness lies in changing our perspective to match.

Radical acceptance is a practice of fully embracing reality as it presently exists, without attempting to change or resist what is out of our control. It involves acknowledging difficult or unwanted circumstances, feelings, and behaviors for what they are, and making room for them, rather than reacting based on perceived lack or loss.

At its core, radical acceptance is about cultivating perspective, gratitude and empowerment even in the face of life’s uncertainties or challenges. It’s not about being passive – it’s about actively choosing to focus on opportunities for growth within each situation rather than lamenting external factors we cannot change.

Radical acceptance does not mean being complacent. It simply means making inner peace a priority over outer circumstances by reframing life’s twists and turns as chances to discover new strengths, learn empathy, appreciate life’s gifts, and pursue happiness on our own terms regardless of perceived obstacles or limitations. It’s a mindset of empowerment that fosters resilience through perspective.

Jeremy’s example of radical acceptance has really helped me gain a new perspective on unexpected challenges in life. Where I used to resist change and feel like a victim of circumstance, I’m learning to roll with life’s punches in a more empowered way.

One area I’m consciously practicing this is in my work. In the past, if a project went differently than planned or got delayed, I’d be incredibly stressed and frustrated. But Jeremy showed me that seeing obstacles as opportunities to grow or learn new skills better serves my well-being and success long-term.

A recent example was when a big client asked for changes to a deliverable at the last minute. In the past I would’ve panicked, but instead I took a breath and told myself “no problem, I’ve got this.” I ended up delivering even better work thanks to expanding my skills.

Radical acceptance has also helped with health issues. When minor chronic pain recently flared up, I caught myself wanting to isolate or dwell on what’s “wrong.” But Jeremy inspired me to accept it as part of my journey and keep pursuing self-care actively.

Overall, his example is teaching me that when we can’t control life’s twists, we can control our reaction to them. By choosing perspective over resentment, and embracing each challenge as a chance to discover new strengths, radical acceptance becomes a practice of empowerment rather than avoidance or denial. I’m grateful for the shift in mindset it’s cultivating.

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Before I let you go, I’ll leave you with this final thought from Jeremy: “Our abilities lie not in what we lack, but in our willingness to embrace each new day as a gift.” Keep that in mind the next time challenges threaten to hold you back.

As always, thank you so much for tuning in and for being part of this community. I hope Jeremy’s interview has left you feeling motivated to live fully each day, no matter what comes your way. Until next time, be good to yourselves and each other!

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