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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.

#Failure #PrepareForAwesome #Motivation #Consistency #Inspiration #WinstonChurchill #Success #CharlesLindburgh

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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.’

#Failure #PrepareForAwesome #Motivation # Inspiration #WinstonChurchill #AbrahamLincoln #NelsonMandela

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PFA 025: Interview with Troy Stellingwerff

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.

#PrepareForAwesome #Dream #Addvalue # BuildNetworks #BeNice

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.

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PFA 024: #4 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome is respect the efforts of other people

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.

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PFA 023: #3 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome everyday is to ignore the little man

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?’

#PrepareForAwesome #11Rules #Educate #Inspire #Motivate #Empower #Podcast

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PFA 022: Interview with Jeremy Spiller

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.

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PFA 021: #2 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome everyday is to raise your standards

On today’s show, we will be talking about setting the standard you expect from yourself and how that standard will drive who you are and who you ultimately become.

Have you ever wondered what separates high achievers from everyone else? What separates the extra-ordinary 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 extra-ordinary, you will hear someone invariably suggest the catch phrase, ‘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.

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PFA 020: Interview with Mark Godfrey and Clare Stirling

In this episode, I am talking with Clare Stirling of Made With Maturity, a Plymouth based web design and digital marketing agency, and Mark Godfrey, the award-winning wedding and events hotel in Devon.

I am talking with them about business, motivation and the reason why they do what they do. We also talk about an amazing networking group which Clare runs with her husband, Ben called the Cream Tea Club and Deer Parks involvement with the group’s November edition.

The Cream Tea Club is based around the Plymouth area but does 1 out of area event a year. And this year it’s at Deer Park.
This show is not in anyway financially benefiting from this mention or discussion, but I have stayed at the hotel and it is amazing. It’s a really fantastic venue, they have great food, stunning gardens and really all you need for a wedding and events venue.

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PFA 019: #1 in the 11 most common rules to be awesome every day is change begins with your mindset

In this episode, we talk about your mindset, personal change, where it all begins and what the science behind your mindset is.

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.

#PrepareForAwesome #Mindset #Change #PersonalDevelopment

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PFA 018: The 11 most common rules I have found awesome people follow and how you to can be awesome

On today’s show, we will be talking about the 11 most important rules to be awesome every day. I think we all need a bit of awesome from ourselves and from other people every day, so this overview of these 11 things should get you going. I will be going into more detail on these 11 rules over the next few episodes of the Prepare For Awesome podcast.

However, Awesomeness doesn’t just happen. Awesomeness takes preparation, adaptation, work, energy and effort.

What I am really saying is that if you want to be excellent in your work or business, remarkable in your relationships, impressive in your results, exciting in your life, that is, if you want to be AWESOME, you need to be continually and daily working on yourself. Daily working to develop better skills, better habits, better methods of doing stuff.


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