Celebrate Your Podcasting Wins

Step Seven: Reflection — PFD 013

Reflection is Step Seven of the Nine Steps Back to Podcasting and requires you to earn your right to be podcasting by first doing the work, celebrating your wins and then getting to stay podcasting by never forgetting what you have endured to get here.

Celebrate Your Podcasting Wins

Step Seven of the Nine Steps Back to Podcasting is Reflection.

In 2007, Chief Petty Officer Special Operator (SEAL) David Goggins competed in the Badwater Ultramarathon. This is a running race that requires you to run 135 miles across Death Valley and up the side of Mount Whitney in California. In the end, David took 25 hours and 49 minutes to complete what is considered the most grueling event of its type in the world. It was good enough for third place, nearly four hours faster than his previous attempt the year before.

Asked what his secret to finishing the Badwater? He replied, “Give it everything you have. Don’t leave anything behind.” But that was just a small segment of the wisdom David can provide the average podcaster. His main philosophy is simple. As he puts it, “I’m not the best at anything. I’m not gifted. I’m just driven. You have to do the work. There is a journey — a journey you don’t see and nobody gets to have what they want without going on this journey.”

How can you, as a podcaster learn from David’s accomplishments? Try following some of David’s best advice:

1. You have to be uncommon among common people.
2. You have to suffer so that it tattoos that message on your brain.
3. I believe in patience because I know that’s how you get something to grow.
4. It’s all on you. It’s the SELF-part — total accountability — that is big.
5. If you haven’t endured then you’re just blowing smoke.

When it comes to reflecting on your accomplishments and celebrating your achievements, David is very clear, “You have to do the work. It is the only way you CAN reflect back and understand what you’ve been through. Reflect back on what you’ve accomplished at each step of the journey is how you move forward. You cannot let yourself forget what you have been through. You cannot let yourself stop or slow down just because it’s uncomfortable now. If you can get through these barriers and just gain 2%, 3% or 5% now? That will eventually become 40%, and 40% becomes 60%, that 60% become 70%, then 80%, then 90%. Then hopefully one day you will be near 100.”

During this episode, I go into where David started his Badwater-135 journey, and it not where you think. This is why I think his story is something every podcaster can relate to.

If you learn anything from David Goggins’ journey, then it should be this: “Earn your right to be here by doing the work. And you get to stay here by never forgetting what you have endured to get here.”

What does David’s story have to do with today’s podcaster?

Reflection. It has everything to do with what you think of yourself, your podcast, and your relationship with your podcast. To do this, you first need a willingness to take a personal inventory of your progress and celebrate what you have accomplished. How do you do this? Reward yourself when you win. Rewarding yourself can be a useful tool in developing a new behavior and achieving your goals. Rewards should be:

  • Draw Motivation from Small Achievements
  • Achieve Big Reward Goals by Celebrating Milestone Rewards
  • Build it into Your Trail and Error Process

And now you know.

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Podfader, hosted by Kyle Bondo, focuses on tackling the challenges all podcasters face when the drive to keep podcasting becomes a struggle. If you’re a podcaster or trying to become one, Podfader is your sanctuary for getting you through the messy middle of any podcasting journey. Stop podfading and start podcasting!

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