DiscoverThe Prepare For Awesome PodcastPFA005: YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!


Update: 2018-06-25


The time has come for you to recognise that you are good enough. Its time move away from self-doubt. You already have all the superpowers you need to be the best you can be.

When I recorded the first episode of the Prepare For Awesome show, it took about 15 attempts to get it right after procrastinating for weeks and using every excuse under the sun. Because I felt I was not good enough nor was the show I was trying to put together. But then I realised that those were the thoughts and feeling which were preventing me from getting where I want to get to.

And suddenly, it was like I awoke from a dream.

What I am encouraging you to do, is to wake up and realise that you are good enough to be the best you possibly can be.

#PrepareForAwesome #YouAreGoodEnough #SelfBelief

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PFA 030: #7 in the most common rules to be awesome is to be self-aware
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?Over the past few week, we have been speaking about  the 11 Most Common Rules to be Awesome Everyday and on today's show, I want to chat with you about number 7 and that is self-awareness.Now as I said at the top of the show, it is a topic which has been researched, inquired about and studied by philosophers, psychologists and other scientists for hundreds of years, but it's study has grown particularly in the past 100 years or so.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.Episode 30 Show Notes:    
PFA 027: 4 Things you can do to respond to failure.
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.  Episode 27 Show Notes: #PrepareForAwesome #Motivation #Consistency #Inspiration #WinstonChurchill #Success #CharlesLindburgh  
PFA 026: #5 in the most common rules to be awesome is to Embrace failure
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.'Now whether it is Churchill who actually said it does not matter, the facts of the quote are the important part to think about.The problem though is the word failure has for many years received a bad report.  I think it was Tiger Woods who epitomised the bad rap it has received when he said, 'Second is first loser.'  In other words, if you don't win, you are a loser.  A failure.I, however, think we need to look at failure differently and that is with the aforementioned quote in mind.  I think the capacity to fail is the most important qualities a human possesses as failure is what makes achievement possible.  With one very big condition thrown into the mix!  Failure must be accompanied by a learning experience otherwise it is just failure.  It must be accompanied by that ability to get up and keep moving with the attitude of, 'OK, so that did not work out.  What can I learn and how can I get better.'Episode 26 Show Notes: #PrepareForAwesome #Motivation # Inspiration #WinstonChurchill #AbrahamLincoln #NelsonMandela
PFA 023: #3 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome everyday is to ignore the little man
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?'That is the person I am talking about when I say the little man. The person who puts you down. The person who can't see themselves doing it, so can't see you doing it, whatever it is. They may be your family or your friends. They could be your colleagues at work. It may be your spouse or partner. There is no gender stereotype.They are just people who don't think you are capable of changing, of chasing your dream, of becoming more than you are, of reaching your financial goal. And they often want you and everyone else to know their opinion.I am fairly sure you know the people in your life right now that I am talking about. I can actually name them as I sharing this with you. And they are family. They are friends. They are people I know in business.But here's the thing. The little man is not just other people. No, you can be your own little man. The words you use to describe yourself. The thoughts you think about yourself. All of these things reveal the little man within you.Episode 23 Show Notes: #11Rules #Educate #Inspire #Motivate #Empower #Podcast
PFA021: #2 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome everyday is to raise your standards
The #2 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome every day is to raise your standards.Have you ever wondered what separates high achievers from everyone else? What separates the extraordinary from the ordinary?If you asked 100 people, you are likely to get 100 different answers. And their answers will range anywhere from self-belief and wearing the exact same style of clothing every day to living with a sense of urgency and being lucky. Often when answering the question about what separates ordinary from extraordinary, you will hear someone invariably suggest the catchphrase, 'giving a little extra' or 'doing a little extra' with an emphasis on the word extra.But there must be more to what separates high-achievers or extra-ordinary achievers from everyone else. Think of this. If you are into sport and say you are a soccer fan. What separates players like Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo? Or what separates quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Payton Manning or more recently Aaron Rodgers from the rest of the quarterbacks in the NLF? Equally, you could ask what separates Serena Williams, Steffi Graf or Martina Hingis from the other women's tennis players?Do they have more talent? Is it that they are more naturally gifted? Are they bigger or stronger or more skillful?In some cases yes and in many cases no. Some of these people are bigger and stronger and some of them have a little more natural talent then their fellow competitors, but I don't think that really is the answer. In all honesty, when you consider the very best high achievers in golf, cricket, rugby, football, tennis or soccer, the high achievers in law, accounting or engineering and in almost every field, it is not because they are stronger, smarter or more naturally gifted. It is not because they have been to the best schools, come from the best families or even have the most money.What I have noticed is that there is one overriding thing which separates the high achievers from everyone else and that is a constant drive to set and meet a high set of personal standards. You know, those expectations you have of yourself. The benchmark you set for yourself. Personal standards.Episode 021 Show Notes: #PersonalStandards #Mindset #Change #PersonalDevelopment #Motivation #WhatInspiresMe
PFA 019: #1 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome every day is change begins with your mindset
The #1 rule in the 11 most common rules to be awesome every day is that change begins with your mindset and that is what we will be talking about in today's episode of the Prepare For Awesome podcast.Mindset is a mental attitude which determines how you interpret and respond to situations you encounter. It is the preconceived ideas you have for the potential outcome in any given situation or set of actions. So, for example, if the government increase the tax rate on business, some people will see it as a disaster, while other people will see it as an opportunity to operate leaner and meaner. These differing viewpoints are due to conditioning and preconceptions, and that is due to a mindset.Another definition of mindset is a lens or frame through which the mind orientates us toward a particular set of circumstance, associations and expectations.You may have heard people say this person has a positive mindset or that person has a negative mindset. If you look at the results of their actions and the effect they have on those around them, you see a clear correlation to their way of thinking or mindset and the outcomes they achieve. Over the past 30 years or so a huge amount of research has been done regarding mindset, the mind, thoughts, etc with Professor Carol Dweck at the forefront of some of that research. Much of the research shows that generally in terms of ability, skill, product, service, etc, there is often very little difference between one entrepreneur, business person and another. The big differentiation between the massively successful entrepreneur and those who are not, between the great employee and the not so great employee, is mindset. The attitude toward everything which determines actions and results.Episode 018 Show Notes: #Mindset #Change #PersonalDevelopment
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