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#104: Some Highly Sensitive Struggles at Christmas [Podcast]

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It’s nearly Christmas…you knew that.

It’s such a confusing time of year. Definitely my favourite season, I absolutely love it but it’s also one that really grates on me.

I wasn’t going to do a specific Christmas episode of the podcast. However, after a conversation I had with someone recently I thought it only right that I should.

We decided it was a good opportunity to discuss some struggles that other introverted and highly sensitive people might identify with (they’re not all just about going to parties).

Christmas, Advent, and the In-Between

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Extreme Mono-Tasking: Do You Ever Find Yourself There?

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Apparently multitasking is a myth.

There is lots of evidence to suggest that what we think of as multitasking (i.e. doing two or more things at the same time) is in actual fact the brain rapidly switching between individual tasks. We can in actual fact only focus on one thing at a time, which might feel like multitasking because of how fast the shifting happens.

No wonder it’s exhausting and overwhelming for highly sensitive people and introverts when we have a lot to do and are pressured into ‘multi-tasking’.

“I am annoyed when people try to get me to do too many things at once.” – Elaine Aron (Highly Sensitive Self-Test)

I am not very good at juggling a lot all at once. I have a need to compartmentalise my ‘to do’s’ so that I can deal with one at a time with as much margin around them as possible.

In many ways I am often the opposite of a multitasker.

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#103: Why You Should Set Goals in the Face of a Noisy, Attention-Seeking World

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There is an innate compulsion in humans to set goals for ourselves. Sometimes they’re conscious, sometimes not. When life throws obstacles in our way we want to overcome them so we can get back to normality, so we do what’s needed, get on with it, and get it over with.

…This is a goal.

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson

In this episode of the podcast I explore seven compelling reasons why I believe it’s worth taking this inbuilt drive and use it in a pro-active rather than simply re-active way.

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Why You Need to Step Above and Beyond the To Do List

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In the Members Haven this month we are reflecting on 2014 and looking forward to 2015.

I love using this time of year (before Christmas) to draw a line in the sand and begin making fresh plans for the next twelve months. In fact from recent conversations I’ve had, it seems to be something that a fair few of us introverted and highly sensitive people like to do.

It felt like the perfect opportunity to get Erik Fisher in for a chat, so a couple of weeks ago I hooked up with him via Skype and we had a wonderful conversation. We spoke about goal setting, productivity, and identifying the right places and relationships in which to invest our time, energy, and focus in order to acheive the things we want to acheive.

These can all be overwhelming things if we are not intentional and deliberate about them.

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#102: Help! I Have to Speak in Public and I’m Terrified [Podcast]

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What do job interviews, presentations, telling stories to your friends or family at Christmas, podcasting, and standing up on stage in front of hundreds of people have in common?

They require us to speak up in a public setting. They demand calmness and clarity in the way we communicate what we have to say.

The Introvert Mind Blank

But for many of us calmness and clarity desert us at these integral times.

If you’re like me then you will have experienced the introvert mind blank on many many occasions, usually just as all eyes turn to you anticipating what you have to say to the room. It can be embarrassing, even humiliating, and can leave us feeling stupid.

Fear to Speak in Public

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#101: There is Always a Story Within a Moment of Adversity [Podcast]

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As you will know if you listened to the previous episode of the show I was recently in Cyprus delivering a performance at TEDxUnic. My intention was to spend this week’s episode reflecting on my experiences expanding my comfort zone into the realm of public speaking.

I have decided to leave that until next week and use this opportunity to talk instead about responding to adversity.

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You are an Artist: What do You Notice?

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I didn’t manage to get a blog post published last week as I was in Cyprus having had the amazing honour of being invited to perform at a TEDx conference in Nicosia.

Truly one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, especially when my luggage (with all my clothes and equipment) didn’t make it onto the connecting flight from Paris to Larnaca. That’s a story for another day; Wednesday in fact when I’ll be talking about it on the podcast.

I’ve been asked by several people if I would share a transcript of the short talk I delivered. So I am taking this opportunity to turn it into a post, which seems to work well. The video itself will be online as soon as it goes through post-production (I’ll keep you updated). 

Notice what You Notice

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#100: 5 Lessons from One Hundred Podcast Episodes

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I’ve made it to the century!

One hundred episodes of this podcast since the first one was published on the 11th January 2012. It feels like quite the accomplishment and I am rather proud.

In this episode I reflect on five lessons I have learned on the way to this milestone.

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They are lessons that apply to many of the endeavours or projects we might embark on. So I want to encourage you with whatever you are working on or whatever habit you are trying to change.

In many ways podcasting is more of a habit than a creative project because it is an indefinite process which requires commitment and habitual dedication. There is no beginning, middle, and end like most projects. You have to show up every week and the moment you finish one episode the planning for the next one begins.

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Do You Ever Need to ‘Fake it ’til You Make it’?

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Have you ever been told to just ‘fake it ’til you make it’? How does it make you feel?

I know that for many introverts and highly sensitive people this is not something that always sits well. In fact it may make you recoil and cringe.

It’s a commonly used phrase suggesting that if you want to become, accomplish or achieve something then you need to pretend to be that thing from the beginning. For example if you want to be confident then you just need to fake confidence and eventually the confidence will become real.

Fake it 'til you make it

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#099: Don’t Defer What You Don’t Want to Do [Podcast]

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I have a pretty bad habit. Maybe you do too…

When I’m working towards a big goal or event (project deadline, release, exam, performance etc) I often defer requests and demands on my time until after it. The period after the event is like a promised land where I believe time will be somehow infinite and my energy supplies, limitless. It appears to be a magical time when I can do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.

Defer Tasks

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