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How to get out of your own way & launch your podcast

How to get out of your own way & launch your podcast

When we are about to launch our show for the very first time, we become afraid, hesitant, concerned about perceived and real dangers. “Will I get it right?” “Will people listen?” “What if it sucks?” “What if I screw up?”

How to cure a holiday hangover (and why resolutions have nothing to do with it)

How to cure a holiday hangover (and why resolutions have nothing to do with it)

The holidays can leave us like our bank accounts: depleted. So it's not the time to set ourselves up for failure with lots of unachievable resolutions. Here is my suggestion for what to do instead.

Three steps to make a dream come true

The title of this blogpost was not click bait. I am dead serious. I actually DO have three steps that can help you make a dream come true. Notice that I did not say three "EASY" steps. But they are steps nonetheless. I'm no Zig Ziegler but I have experienced some "dream-come-true" moments in my life and I would love to share how I got there with you. I took these steps. You can take them, too. And you can see your dream(s) become a reality. Ready? Then, read on!

  1. Dream. Step one, you actually need to dream. What do you want, personally, professionally? What do you envision for yourself, your family, your community, the world? Take the dream as far as you want. The Bible says "Without vision, the people perish." I know some people that are indeed the "walking dead." They look like people; they go through the motions of life, but they are like zombies, because they are dead on the inside. Part of the reason why is because they no longer dream. IMG_6220 I made this dream board the other day, to help me picture the kind of life I want to lead, the kind of impact I want to make. Write down your dreams, or illustrate them. Find a way to visualize them, however it best suits you. Something special happens when you make the intangible tangible. For example, I wrote down "Kenya 2015" in a journal a few years back. I didn't know how I would get there; I just knew that I wanted to go. I was dreaming. And then it happened! The Weston A. Price Foundation sent me there to tell people about traditional diets in August of last year. I never expected this turn of events when I scribbled "Kenya 2015" down. But it came to be.
  2. Deem. You need to regard what you want as attainable. Deem it so, or deem it possible. George Michael sang "You gotta have faith." It's about believing it can happen or that you can do it. I know of a cancer treatment clinic that will not accept patients who do not believe the treatment will work. Sound crazy? They simply recognize that belief is a part of the healing process. In the same way, belief plays a pivotal role in realizing your dream. Believe in God. Believe in yourself. Believe it can happen...yes, in your wildest dreams. I was considering becoming a podcaster when a 16 year-old friend of mine told me he was starting a podcast. I literally thought, "If he can do it, I can do it." I believed. I bought equipment and read some books. I began interviewing people. In a span of less than 6 months, I launched it and now my podcast has had over 50,000 downloads. (My 16 year-old friend never followed through on his podcast.)
  3. Do. The first two are wonderful but are not enough to achieve your dream. (Maybe this is why my young friend's podcast never launched?) This last step is a critical piece of the puzzle. You can't just dream or believe without putting in the hard work. This is why I didn't have the word "easy" in my title. You have to DO something. You need to set tangible, measurable goals and implement them to reach your dreams. I have been saying for years that I want to write a book. This is a dream in progress. On the plus side, I am meeting my goal of writing regularly. I have done so for over 6 years now. But other mid-range goals have fallen by the way side. It's time to pick them up again. Otherwise the epitaph on my tombstone may read: "She was going to write a book...one day." I do not want REFUSE to let that be the case. So I have recently found a friend who is going to hold me accountable (read: kick my butt and make sure I take tangible steps) to get at least an e-book completed this. calendar. year. Yes, I am putting it out there. You read it here first.

Some dreams I've dreamed have turned into reality; some are still in process. To achieve them, as you can see, does not require magic or charisma. It's not about manifesting something or tapping into some big dark secret only available to those "in tune with the universe."

It's about dreaming, deeming, and doing. Tell me what are you dreams? Take the first step in making them tangible and write them in the comments below!