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You Are Amazing

Learn how to get the best from your body and become inspired to chase your dreams. Listen to the Worth Your Weight In Gold Podcast Series

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Episode 6 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp Worth Your Weight In Gold

When you've seen a place in your dreams and a hundred times in Youtube, it's truly special to finally see it in front of you. Referring largely to my trip to Everest base Camp in 2016, this episode contains heaps of inspiration to help you feel what it's like to realize a dream.
  1. Episode 6 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp
  2. Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get Moving Again After A Muscle Strain
  3. Episode 4 – It's A Stretch But You Can Do It
  4. Episode 3 Putting Your Heart Into Your Dreams
  5. Episode 2 – How The Tortoise Won That Race

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Inspiration For A Monday Episode 3 – High On Mera Peak

Despite turning round before the summit, I still found a moment of my dreams.

Mera High Camp 5,800m

I woke in a panic, gasping for air as I had done a dozen times during the night and, as each time before, reassured myself that all was actually well. One tends to work through a cycle when trying to sleep in the thin air of high altitude. As your conscious mind drifts off to sleep, your subconscious triggers an alarm that there’s not enough air and you wake with a start gasping like a newly landed fish. This time I realized there would be no more sleep tonight as the sound of the Sherpas rousing people in the other tents broke through the wind and the canvas of the tent flapping in the light breeze. It was close to midnight and the summit bid was on.
Inspiration For A Monday, Episode 3 – High On Mera Peak
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Previous Episodes

Inspiration For A Monday Episode 3 – High On Mera Peak Inspiration For A Monday

This short Podcast tells the story of the highest picture I've ever taken.
  1. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 3 – High On Mera Peak
  2. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro
  3. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp
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Learning To Smile Out Of Happiness

It’s time to stop worrying about who you were. Or what you’re not. Or who you might be in the future. Just look inside your heart. Right here. Right now. This is who you are. And it’s OK to think you’re amazing.

“Are you happy?” She asked me. Then she played down my overly cheerful, long winded reply. “All you’ve done is tried to justify to me, to yourself, that it’s ok to be in the place you’re in but are you really happy with that?” We both knew the answer. I just didn’t want to admit it, to hear myself say it.
I wanted to hide my deep sadness from everyone, deny it to myself and take shelter in it from the terrifying reality of needing to change. “No.” I answered quietly as tears started to roll down my cheeks. Even as my therapist comforted me and explained that it’s ok not to be happy and not quite ready to change anything, the change had already started with the first of my tears. It was the end of a long and difficult journey.

Asking For Help

I was never one to readily ask for help. I’d been a soldier for a decade and, after a stuttering start in Civvie Street, I started to climb the professional ladder as a Manager in a Telecommunications Company. Pressure was nothing, I could handle it. I was successful because I could handle it. Then it all started to break down.

My happiness was the first thing to suffer. I’d changed role within my company and moved away from a support role I’d been covering for 20 years. Now I had to be a Businessman and a Salesman. I’d never related to the people who succeeded in those roles and I just didn’t fit in. Soon my confidence faltered, then shattered. Anxiety became frequent, high blood pressure became a problem and then finally I lost the ability to sleep. I’d sit up through the night as scared of falling asleep as I was of waking up. Exhausted, depressed and close to a complete nervous breakdown, I stopped working, called in sick and went to the Doctor for help. Those actions may have literally saved my life.

Learning What Was Wrong

Finally away from the rigours and demands of the corporate world, I had time to reflect on what had been going wrong. Having admitted to another human being that I had a problem, I had the chance to talk about how I was feeling. I had my brother and my best pal in the whole world beside me doing everything they could to help. But there were things I couldn’t tell them because I didn’t want to hurt them or I didn’t want them to see that side of me. Doctors and phycologists on the other hand, I could tell them anything. Through reflection and talking I started to learn what was wrong.

In his book, The Fear Bubble, ex Special Forces Soldier Ant Middleton uses the analogy that we can get stuck in a corridor of fear, scared to open any of the doors of opportunity that line it’s sides. I read his book during this time of personal reflection and, in that corridor analogy, made a startling discovery. It wasn’t fear preventing me kicking in the doors that was holding me back. It was what I was finding behind them when I kicked them in, the same thing behind every door, that was steadily breaking my heart.

It was me! Behind every door I’d see a fearful, tearful me looking back and it was never enough. I’d shake my head and slam the door and carry on my search. I was always looking for something more. Seeing my life framed up in that analogy helped me to realize that there is nothing more. But that’s more than enough. To move on, I had to break through that door and give the ‘me’ behind it a hug. I had to value that person, accept them for who they are and get to know them a bit better.

It Wasn’t All My Fault

Through Counselling I was able to see how much guilt and self hate I was carrying and had been doing for decades. To admit everything about me to another person and hear them affirm that my faults and my fears were actually common and completely understandable and acceptable was huge.

Finally we got to that moment of truth where, already more accepting of myself, I was able to admit that I wasn’t happy with my life as it is. That admission set me free to explore what a happy life would be like.

You’re reading this because I’ve started a new life as a writer. There’s still a lot about my life that could do with changing but that I’m not yet ready to change. But now I’m fine with that. I’ll change when I’m ready. There’s a new journey for me now. To move forward from a time where I wear a smile to hide my feelings to a time where a smile will be an unstoppable reflection of my feelings. I hope you can make that journey with me as I write it out.

The thing is we are all vulnerable, anxious or even depressed at times. There’s nothing wrong with us, it’s just our nature. Having the courage to admit to those vulnerabilities and explore them in a safe atmosphere of trust, discussion and reflection is the start of finding a way out of what can feel like a trap. As much as we are vulnerable we are also amazing. Capable of the breath-taking miracles of love and transformation.

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Inspiration For A Monday Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro

Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro

“How do you feel?” My Guide asked as I sat hunched in the darkness panting heavily. “Absolutely…. exhausted.” I gasped back at him between pants. “Are you sick or do you have a headache?” “No… Just…. exhausted.” This was the conversation during a fleeting moment which changed my life. In the short podcast which follows you can hear the story of the years leading up to that moment and the incredible few hours which followed.
Inspiration For A Monday, Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro
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Previous Episodes

Inspiration For A Monday Episode 3 – High On Mera Peak Inspiration For A Monday

This short Podcast tells the story of the highest picture I've ever taken.
  1. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 3 – High On Mera Peak
  2. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 2 – Summit Night Kilimanjaro
  3. Inspiration For A Monday Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp
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Inspiration For A Monday Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp

Leave your desk and, for just a few moments, engage with the idea of realizing a dream.

Welcome to my new series of Podcasts called Inspiration for a Monday. The intent is to release something inspirational every Monday. Simple but, believe me, it’s amazing!

In today’s episode, we look back at my trip to Everest Base Camp in 2016 and discuss what it took to get there. Not just along the trek in Nepal but everything from imagining the dream through training towards it to the final realization of the dream.

Episode 1 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp

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Episode 6 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp Worth Your Weight In Gold

When you've seen a place in your dreams and a hundred times in Youtube, it's truly special to finally see it in front of you. Referring largely to my trip to Everest base Camp in 2016, this episode contains heaps of inspiration to help you feel what it's like to realize a dream.
  1. Episode 6 – The Dream Of Everest Base Camp
  2. Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get Moving Again After A Muscle Strain
  3. Episode 4 – It's A Stretch But You Can Do It
  4. Episode 3 Putting Your Heart Into Your Dreams
  5. Episode 2 – How The Tortoise Won That Race
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The Dream Of Everest Base Camp – Podcast

Episode 6 in the Worth Your Weight In Gold series

When you’ve seen a place in your dreams and a hundred times on Youube, it’s truly special to finally see it in front of you.
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Podcast Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get Moving Again After A Muscle Strain

As an overweight person who trains regularly, I’ve pulled a lot of muscles over the years. Here are the ones I’ve encountered and what I did to keep moving.

Listen to Episode 5 – 9 Ways To Get moving Again After A Muscle Strain – on Anchor.fm here

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Podcast Episode 4 – It’s A Stretch But You Can Do It

The importance of stretching and relaxing your muscles before and after exercise cannot be over emphasized.

Listen to Episode 4 – It’s A Stretch But You Can Do It – on Anchor.fm here

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Podcast Episode 3 – Putting Your Heart Into Your Dreams

Understanding and monitoring your Heart Rate during exercise can give you amazing insights into your general health and performance

Listen to Episode 2 – How The tortoise Won That Race – on Anchor.fm here

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Podcast Episode 2 – How The Tortoise Won That Race

It’s more about taking part than looking the part.

Listen to Episode 2 – How The tortoise Won That Race – on Anchor.fm here