Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you good at staying in the moment?

Are you able to really enjoy things when they are good and keep things in perspective in hard times?

We’re looking at the very versatile phrase “make the most out of” in English and how often it can be used.

There are so many ways to use this, both positive and negative, and so it may become an important phrase for you in your English speaking.

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We have a listener question about a key expression that is super useful for talking about these things.

Hi ladies,

I love listening to your show, and I learn so much. I am hoping that you can help to answer a question I have about a phrase I hear sometimes.

I have heard you use the phrase “make the most out of the experience.” I don’t think I understand this well enough. I’m hoping that you can help me to understand it and how I should use it.

Thank you for your help,

Nguyen Thien Phu21

Understanding Some Background

The listener has a great question, and it reminds us of an episode that we did.

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This is all about making the most out of an experience, or making the most out of something.

You might feel as if you are in a bad situation, and therefore you want to turn things around.

You want to really look at each situation and make the most out of it.

This is about your mindset and the way that you look at things, because that matters greatly.

If you view something as negative, then that’s how it will be because your mindset put you in a bad place.

If however you go in with a positive mindset and the right attitude, then you can turn anything into a learning experience.

This is also about gaining perspective, and truly making the most out of each experience–that’s what this is all about!

This can be used in your positive or negative experiences, and that’s an important distinction to make.

We’ll look at how you can turn this in both a positive or a negative experience, and how you can use this to your best advantage.

Looking At This In The Positive and the Negative

When you think about how to make the most out of something, you might consider this to be only for a negative situation.

The truth is though that it can apply to either negative or positive.

You will have many experiences in life, and you want to do your part to make the most out of them.

Let’s look at how you can use this phrase and this mindset to truly get the most out of this experience.


This is about learning to thoroughly enjoy something or to savor it.

This means that you live in this moment and really enjoy it for all that it is.

There is likely something to really enjoy and take from this experience, and therefore you want to be in the right mindset to do so.

Lindsay: “This class is amazing. We have to make the most out of this experience so we get all we can out of it!”

Michelle: “I am so glad we made the most out of our vacation. It was unforgettable.”


This is probably how you most commonly think of learning to stay in the moment.

In this area it’s all about learning to stay positive, even if it’s hard.

Even if you feel like things are working against you or you’re in a bad set of circumstances, you learn to make the most out of things.

This can help you through some negative and challenging times, and so this mindset and phrase becomes very important.

Lindsay: “This dinner has been really hectic, but let’s make the most out of this experience because we are getting the chance to spend time together.”

Michelle: “I can either have a bad attitude or I can make the most out of this experience and enjoy it for what it is.”

This phrase works in both positive and negative situations, and it can also work in so many different situations.

You can use “make the most out of it” with so many things.

“Let’s make the most out of this day and get out early. It’s so beautiful!”

“Let’s make the most out of this concert because who knows when the artist will tour again?”

You can see just how versatile of a phrase this is, and you are bound to use it often.

How Do You Make The Most Out of Something?

How do you make the most out of something?

This may seem like a silly question, but sometimes you need to know how to focus and make the most out of something.

You may have the desire to be positive and enjoy what you have in this moment, but you may be unsure of how to do taht.

Here are some ideas or ways to make the most out of something and to put yourself into the right mindset to do so.

  1. Be present: Live in the moment! Actually realize that you are living in a special time and you can throw it away or actually realize you are here in this time. Being present means that you are embracing where you are at and making the most out of this moment.
  2. Keep things in perspective: Whether it is bad or good, it’s important to remember that things can change. This mindset can help so much, especially helps with the harder times. Try to keep things in perspective and recognize that things can change very quickly and often for the better.
  3. Look at every day as an adventure and an opportunity: You can learn something new every day! There is always an opportunity to learn something new, and you don’t want to miss out. Go in with an open mind and the right attitude, and you can really make the most out of every experience. Don’t throw it away, but rather change the way that you look at things.
  4. Look at the big picture: Sure you have to consider what the day to day is all about. You also want to look at the end goals, the end gain, and where you are trying to head to. There is always something to consider in the bigger picture, and that’s where you want to focus your attention on.

Think about this with language, and you can make the most out of any situation.

These are great tips in this area, but they can apply to so many different things in your life too.


Try to always make the most out of things, whether positive or negative.

This has so much to do with your state of mind and the way in which you approach things.

Life is full of positive and negative things, but it’s all in how you handle things.

Change your mindset and do your best to enjoy all the experiences.

Use this expression today in your conversations and in your life!

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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