In Episode 86 of the Wandering But Not Lost Podcast, co-hosts Matt Emerson and Jan O’Brien discuss the equation for success – Attitude + Action = Attraction.  It’s harder than you think to stick to, but if you focus on it, you will win every time!  In Wandering Zen, we conclude our rafting adventure down the Grand Canyon as Matt interviews Caprice LePante who shares how the trip changed her life.



WBNL 52: Attitude + Action = Attraction





Attitude + Action = ATTRACTION

The Universal Law of Attraction states: You attract into your life whatever you focus on, give your energy and attention to.

You ARE the Creator of your Reality!

The only thing you can really control is your thoughts and how you decide to react to situations and events in your life. Monitor your thoughts and self-talk. Be conscious of your language. You attract positive or negative things into you life through your thoughts and actions.   Thoughts become things!

Take personal responsibility for where you are at this exact moment.  All of your thoughts and actions have led you to this specific place in time.  If you are not entirely pleased with your results, then change your thoughts and take action toward what you want to create.  Be deliberate and intentional in your thoughts and actions.

Ask yourself:

“What am I focusing on right now?”   

“Am I focusing on what I want or what I don’t want?”

Are your thoughts positive or negative – towards or away from what you desire? Most people pay attention to their current reality and attract the same. Focus on what you wish to experience instead. In order to effect true positive change in your experience, you must disregard how things are, as well as how others are seeing you, and give more of your attention to the way you prefer things to be.

Thought Become Things… Choose the Good Ones!

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”  – Napoleon Hill


Create and Nurture a POSITIVE MINDSET

Our unconscious mind is a powerful force which is designed to (among other things) preserve and maintain our body and control and maintain all perceptions.

  • FOCUS on what you want, not on what you lack or don’t have in your life.
    • Do you take 100% responsibility for your actions, your life, where you are now? Or, do you blame your current condition, state of being, attitude, life on someone or something outside of yourself?
    • Is it really your environment, the market, your boss, the economy, the kids, the economy that’s responsible for where you are now – mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually?
    • Are you the Victim or the Victor?
  • When you catch yourself having negative thoughts and self-talk, just recognize it and CHANGE your thoughts. Interrupt the pattern.  DO something that will break that state and move you toward positive thoughts and actions.
  • Write your goals as AFFIRMATIONS. Always stated in the present tense, as if already accomplished.  Use BE, DO, HAVE statements (I am, I do, I have not I wish, I want, I will).
  • State your AFFIRMATIONS daily, out loud. Record your affirmations on your smart phone voice recorder and play them back frequently.
  • VISUALIZE your desires and goals. Create a Vision Board and place it where you will see it throughout the day.  Take a picture of your vision board and make it your screen saver for your desktop and phone.
  • Practice GRATITUDE daily. Use a daily gratitude journal and record at least one thing you are grateful for everyday!
  • MEDITATE daily for at least 10 minutes. Check out guided meditation apps like Calm or Headspace.  I use and recommend BrainSync by Kelly Howell
  • Listen to positive, uplifting music and podcasts
    Self-Improvement Podcasts
    The Upside with Callie and Jeff


This is a critical first step after doing the positive change work on yourself. You must have a plan and action steps that you actually do and move you toward what you desire.

What action are you taking right now to move toward your desired outcome? Resolve to do something every day (one small step) that moves you toward your goals. Daily action increases your determination and gives you energy.

Avoid Analysis/Paralysis.

NO Action impacts you in a big way!  A decision alone changes nothing.

SMALL STEPS.   Momentum comes from action, so do something that moves your toward your desires, that moves you forward.

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”  Thomas Jefferson
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”  Leonardo Da Vinci


Wandering Zen – Rafting the Grand Canyon – Part 3


We conclude our series on Rafting the Grand Canyon with special guest Caprice LePante.  Her adventure comes to and end and she reflects on the trip and how it changed her life…




Links to more information, history, and things to see and do in the area:

Here is a pictorial taste of the adventure from Part 3:



Info on OARS

Caprice did her research prior to booking and really liked what she read, heard and watched online about Oars.  They’ve been around since the 1970s and have many options to choose from.  She chose the ‘Sampler’ and as you listen to her talk about the trip, she was clearly glad she did.  You can get all the scoop on their website –  Here is what they say about the Sampler:



  • Scenic flight from Las Vegas
  • Visit a working cattle ranch
  • Hike, horseback ride or skeet shoot
  • Helicopter ride to the river
  • Fun whitewater, ideal for first-timers

Adventure Overview

This shorter section of the Colorado River is a good trial for folks not sure they are ready for a longer Grand Canyon rafting trip. We meet you in Las Vegas and transport you by van and small plane to Bar 10 Ranch on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for an afternoon of ranch activities including horseback riding, horseshoe pitching, hiking, and skeet shooting topped off with an evening of country entertainment. The next morning, you fly by helicopter into the Grand Canyon where your rafting guides await your arrival at Whitmore Wash. We’ll cross the shattered Hurricane fault zone before heading west into the final majesty of the Lower Grand Canyon. This Grand Canyon rafting trip on the Colorado River provides excellent opportunities to hike and explore this exquisite desert wonderland. Several beautiful side canyons invite you to linger in spring-fed streams. Your Grand Canyon adventure ends with a jet boat ride across Lake Mead and a return shuttle to Las Vegas by van.

Las Vegas

Boulder City

Hoover Dam

Bar 10, Grand Canyon

Travertine Falls

Skywalk, Grand Canyon

Mentioned in the Episode (Resources & Links)



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