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What is self-awareness and why is it important? From the ancient Greeks to western psychology, the topic of self-awareness has been a subject of intrigue and inquiry, particularly in the last century or so.
But what is it and why is it important to you?
Way back in the day, some of the Ancient Greeks followed the philosophy of know thyself. Socrates and Plato, in particular, used the maxim extensively with Socrates teaching that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living.’
Benjamim Franklin wrote how difficult a task it is when he wrote in his ‘Poor Richards Almanack’, ‘There are 3 things extremely hard, steel, a diamond and to know one’s self.’
And Stephen Covey wrote, ‘Self-awareness is our capacity to stand apart from ourselves and examine our thinking, our motives, our history, our scripts, our actions and our habits and tendencies.’
So as far back as I can find, people have been trying to understand themselves and that essentially is what self-awareness is.
Backing up into the quote from Stephen Covey, it is about understanding why we do what we do, why we say what we say, why we respond the way we do. It’s about our actions and attitudes.
The Prepare for Awesome Podcast Where I want to educate, inspire, motivate and empower you to strive higher, push further, give more, do more, be more as you become all you possibly can be. PFA 029 Show NotesOn today's show, we will be talking about the 6th rule in...
we will be talking about the idea that nothing is permanent. Not Y2K, not 1999 or 2000. Not fear, failure, success. Nothing lasts forever, except the is death.
Now I know that are some people who will think I am being callous, but I’m not. Let make it a bit clearer. No words, attitudes, circumstances are permanent or last forever.
A Greek philosopher once said ‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he is not the same man.’
You see everything in life, from attitudes and actions to the weather and circumstances are in constant motion. People change their minds. Governments change laws. The wind changes direction. Companies change managers.
All day every day, everything is changing.
On today’s show, I want to pick up on the topic I spoke about last week and that is the big F word. Failure, but today I want to look at what to do and how you can respond to failure.
So as we begin this new year, you like many other people may have reflected on last year. What went well, what did not. How you did according to your goals in all the various areas of life and business?
Now for some people, that look back can be good as you recognise that on the whole you did well and met most of your goals. However, for other people you may look back at the disaster which was last year in horror and wonder how you will move forward or you may look back and see those things that did not go according to plan and failed.
In the last episode of this podcast, I mentioned a quote by Winston Churchill. ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,’ and that brings me to a question from a listener to this channel which is a follow on from late week.
Mike asked, ‘Last year for me was a failure as I did not reach any of my goals and in some cases went backwards. What can I do differently this year so that I reach the goals I want to reach? Some one said I am reaching to high and should expect to fail, so I must lower my expectations. Is that the right? I will avoid disappointment that way.’
The first thing to say is don’t lower your expectations or your goals. That only breeds mediocrity.
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On today’s show, we will be talking about the big F word. No not the F word you are thinking of. We are going to talk about failure, why it can be a good thing as well as how and why you should embrace failure it.
And I want to start with a quote ascribed to Winston Churchill. As many of you know, Winston Churchill for all his faults, prejudices and failings, was a man who did not give up and seems always to have found a way of making things work out. He was tenacious and had endurance. Along with Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela, he is the man I have learned the most from about leadership and success than almost any other.
And so to quote Winston Churchill, ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’
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On today’s show, I will be sharing an interview with you I did a few months back with Troy Stellingwerff. We had a great time chatting about life, business and motivation.
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Troy is a self-employed building contractor who lives and works in Grand Bend Ontario Canada.
I met Troy on LinkedIn through the many motivational post he puts up on the platform. He has grown a great network on LinkedIn and is fast becoming very influential.
On today’s show, we will be talking about respecting the efforts of other people.
Recently, while in Dubai, I witnessed a something which I found profoundly disturbing. While checking into my hotel, which was a boutique type hotel rather than one of the big chains, I met some of the front office and reception staff. I met the general manager and one of the duty managers. All of whom were absolutely professional but highly engaging. During my stay, they could not have been more helpful and friendly even when there were obvious pressures going on around them.
However, while I was checking in, a couple walked in and from the get go they had an attitude. You know the kind of people. Those who think everyone is way beneath them and will never meet their lofty standards. They arrived in a chauffeur-driven limo and did not let themselves out of the car. The poor driver had to get out to open one door and when he slipped on the smooth surface, he was given a piece of the women’s mind, despite his obvious best efforts.
But worse was to come.
On today’s show, we will be talking about ignoring the little man.
Now I have borrowed this title from my friend Evan Carmichael, but I have not borrowed the content. When I interviewed Evan back in episode 4 of the Prepare for Awesome podcast, Ignoring the Little Man was number 7 on his list of Top 10 Rules For Success. If you haven’t heard that interview, I encourage you to go back there and have a listen using this link.
So what do I mean by ignoring the little man?
No matter what it is you want to do in life, whether personally or in business, you will always have people around you who are negative about you and what you are doing. You know, those people who will say things like, ‘You can’t do that’ Or ‘That market is already over traded and no-one will see you.’ Or ‘Who do you think you are that people will take notice of you?’
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On today’s show, we will be talking to international speaker, trainer and consultant Jeremy Spiller.
I had a really great time chatting with Jeremy and to be honest, we could probably have chatted until the next day.
Jeremy shared some great ideas and thought with me and I really believe you will benefit massively from this podcast.