This is a guestpost by Kevin Matthews from www.maximisepotential.co.uk
The goal of the podcast is to inspire others to take on the challenges in their lives and achieve their goals, by showing them how successful people achieve feats of an almost impossible nature.
Our objective is to break down barriers and feelings of limiting beliefs to inspire the listeners / audience to take action and go and conquer the challenges in their lives.
However, little did I know how much of an impact the Podcast would have within my own life!
For me, this last year has been an incredibly steep learning experience. Not just from the technical aspect of learning how to produce a high quality and original podcast, but from the human angle. I had to learn the techniques of interviewing; I had to learn about the topics we were exploring, and also the personalities I was interviewing.
To say that the last year has flown by would be an understatement. Yet – I have never progressed as much, from a personal and professional capacity, in my life!
However, the aspect that has surprised me the most, is how much I have become the audience of my Podcast; simply put, I am becoming walking proof that the Podcast WORKS.
How do I know this, well let me explain . . .
I will start by explaining the first key habit that I have adopted this year; reading. I will confess that I have let this slip in recent years. However, not this year.
Thanks to Audible, I have consumed at least one management / business / inspirational book per month for the last year.
Why? Because the people I’ve interviewed recommended books that inspired them. In turn, I’ve naturally gravitated towards those books to learn what they have learnt.
My mind has woken up again, my perspectives are broader, my communication is better and my mind is alive – and my work creativity and output has increased and improved.
Then, several of the people I interviewed spoke of how NLP has accelerated their career progress, as well as their relationships in life. As a result, I’ve already completed my foundation NLP qualifications and will be undertaking the next level of qualifications next year.
Impact? All of the other members of our Management Team have commented on how much clearer, focused and effective my communication has been over the last twelve months.
However, the next example of the impact was when I suddenly committed to entering an ultra-marathon; namely the North Surrey Downs 50 mile run.
This was something I 100% thought was for other people; for fitter, stronger, better people. I never thought that this was something I could accomplish.
Yet, listening to the story of endurance athlete (50 year old) Andy North, and Sam Brown who became a World Taekwon-Do Champion at the age of 48, made me re-consider how I thought about myself and what I was possibly capable of achieving.
I realised that they too felt the same as what I did . . . at the beginning.
However, they also then made a commitment to take on the challenge, by breaking it down into small chunks and gradually working towards their goal.
They all stated that there was not a magic formula for success, it was simply down to applying yourself consistently and persistently, and – most importantly, being patient.
Even though I’ve watched and participated in sports all my life (and even run a couple of marathons), something changed inside me as a result of meeting these two people (in particular).
All of a sudden I stopped considering that others do these incredible events and started realising that I WILL be doing these events.
So, here I am, one year later after launching the Maximise Potential Podcast, in a very different place to twelve months ago; an individual who is truly striving towards maximising their own potential.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article – I hope it gives you the belief that you can achieve your goals, no matter how outlandish they appear.
Kevin Matthews, is a passionate Marketing Manager, based in the UK, and Producer of the Maximize Potential Podcast, a leading i-Tunes Podcast which is currently nominated for ‘European Business Podcast of the Year.’ Dan Pink (in his book ‘Drive’) uses an expression, which he believes accurately sums up how he approaches his career . . . “my pursuit of mastery turns my work into play.” Incidentally, when he hasn’t got his hands full entertaining his two young daughters, he’ll get on his running shoes and disappear off to the local trails!
Notes & Links:
Sam Brown’s Interview on Maximise Potential (http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/max22-sam-brown-world-taekwon-do-champion/)
Andy North’s Interview on Maximise Potential (http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/andy-north-endurance-athlete-max31/)
View all the Maximise Potential Podcasts (http://www.maximisepotential.co.uk/category/podcasts/)