ANGIE’S INSIGHT OF THE WEEK: I’ve really got into listening to podcasts this last year. They seem to be the only thing that motivate me to keep going when I am exercising. Forget the fitness pop music mix. Give me TED Talks or Richard Fidler’s Conversations any day! I just get so engrossed in the conversations that they take my mind off the fact that I am about to collapse from exhaustion or muscle fatigue!
I was recently listening to a podcast where the guest was Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. The host of the show, Melissa Ambrosini, asked Jack what things he is working to improve in his own personal life.
I was a bit surprised with his answer. I don’t really know what I was expecting him to say but the things he said seemed so mundane and simple coming from such a well-known and well-respected author, teacher and motivational speaker.
He listed things like drinking more water, taking more time off (i.e. not working so hard), exercising more (to lose weight), drinking less wine, and learning to be less judgemental of others. Here was a man who appeared to be perfect and have his whole life “in order”, working on losing weight and exercising more. Things that I too strive for on a daily basis.
Regardless of our situation in life, many of us struggle with the same types of challenges, from the richest, most successful to the poorest, most needy. So when we feel like we’re alone in our struggles, we should remember we’re not alone at all.
There’s a lovely quote from one of my favourite movies P.S. I Love You, “So now, all alone or not, you gotta walk ahead. Thing to remember is if we’re all alone, then we’re all together in that too.”
Angeline Zaghloul is an expert in business strategy, client management and business processes, and is the Managing Director of Peer Business Consulting, a Sydney-based consultancy providing strategy and operations advice to startups and SMEs. Angeline also publishes a regular blog which provides research, advice and tips on key issues facing businesses.