Podcasts have transformed my daily commute into work. From the time that I discovered the amazing world of lectures, comedy shows, TED talks, coaching sessions and so much more, they have changed the daily frustration of being stuck in traffic for over an hour each way into a daily personal development session. I have downloaded and listened to podcasts from the widest, most bizarre selection of topics, ranging from science lectures on the future of tattoos to TED talks on coping with making mistakes.
Strangely enough, one of my favourite podcast series that I have stumbled across is The Art of Charm, a life coaching podcast for men. As odd as it sounds, this podcast series has amazing career, networking and life advice from an amazing range of business moguls, experts, coaches and much more. I am not sure why, but I have found that podcasts aimed at men tend to have much better career advice than those aimed at women. Although after listening to and tuning in and out of podcasts for a while the specific details of each tend to blur into one another, every so often an idea or piece of advice will really resonate with me. A few weeks ago I listened to one such podcast. I cannot even remember the name of the guest expert that was featured on this podcast, or, to be honest, much else that was said in the podcast at all, but one thing that was said has lingered at the back of my mind since. A piece of advice on moving forward and making an impact in your life; write down the 5 things that scare you the most and do them. The difference in your life after 1 will be incredible, let alone after completing all 5.
For me, the first thing that came to mind of something that I have been too scared to do is writing down set goals. I received an incredible migoals “Goals” book last year that I have not filled in for this reason. Although I am constantly making and achieving goals, I think the idea of having them written down seems overwhelming. I am not sure why, but I think it is because I am afraid of not achieving exactly what has been written. But why does that matter? Things change and we often cannot predict what lies ahead. Goals need to be made to achieve great things and find your purpose, and fears need to be overcome to live your passion. Whilst I am not sure what I am going to fill the pages of my goals book with, I know I am going to fill them. So what if I don’t achieve them all exactly how they have been written? Life’s an adventure and it’s the journey, rather than the destination that shapes who we are and what we do. I don’t know the incredible opportunities that may come my way, but I know that I have to be ready to seize them. I once read that you don’t always have to know what you’re doing, but you should always remember why you’re doing it. A passionate life lived with purpose. I couldn’t think of anything more beautiful.
Here’s to facing the first fear head on.