How to Resolve the All Work and No Play Dilemma

I’m a great believer in embarking on what I call micro adventures.

There was a reason why I cycled 3,500 km down the West Coast of America from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico – where I experienced a massive adrenalin rush when coming within 30 feet of a formidable grizzly bear!

The same reason fuelled my passion to Bike the Baltic with Marie Curie Cancer Care, when my fellow cyclists included Edwina Currie, who regaled us with some fascinating anecdotes.

These were adventures that tested me in a way I had never experienced before – giving me a different sense of achievement from the one I derive as a performance coach and business mentor of owner managed and family run businesses.

However, you don’t have to fly to the other side of the world to undertake an expedition. Neither do you need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained or rich to have an adventure.

Adventures are a state of mind and micro adventures comprise simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise.

The idea is to get yourself out of the daily grind and do things that float your boat – and the boats of families – even in these austere financial times.

The benefits are innumerable – they get you off the coach, away from the computer and out having some fun in the fresh air.

Here are some ideas I’m working on:

An A to Z of World Food in the North of England – packing in as many different eating experiences as possible.

A Lap of the M25 – riding my bike along the roads, lanes and byways that go over, under and alongside the M25.

One Night in Liverpool – a city I’ve never been to but I’ve heard a lot about.

365 Day Photo Project – take time to look at my world more closely and through fresh eyes.

Follow the River Wharfe – and learn about its people and history.

Leave From The Front Door – and walk a 30 mile loop around Harrogate staying out overnight.

Take on a Local Charity Challenge – and meet new friends and have some fun.

Local Parks Challenge -see how many local parks I can visit on foot in a day and how many people I can meet.

An Exploring Weekend – visit as many interesting places I can within a mile radius of my home.

What Micro Adventures are you planning for 2013?  Share them with us in a comment below, or contact me on or go to @richardwhatif on Twitter, Richard Bosworth on LinkedIn or

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