After 31 podcasts, it is officially the end of season one! What an amazing year! I can’t thank you all enough for the support you’ve shown me as I started this whole podcasting gig. This week’s podcast is all about what I learned by venturing into something totally new and unknown.
Have you ever wanted to do something new? Something you don’t even know how to do? That’s what this first year of writing, social media and podcasting have been for me. Truth be told, I only wanted to write a book about all the things I’ve learned over the years in my work as a psychologist. You can’t imagine the things I’ve observed in my office chair, watching people overcome trauma, depression, anxiety and whatever else life has thrown at them. It has been my honor and privilege to work with amazing people and I really want to share the major lessons from my career.
Here are a few of the main lessons I learned by venturing into things I knew nothing about!
- If you do something new, you will be forced to face your fears. You will need to surrender your fear that people will judge you. They will. Focus on your goals instead and you will be able to take the next step forward.
- New endeavors mean new skills and learning. I learned how to use a microphone, record interviews, use new software, ask people if I could interview them, and lots of other new shit I didn’t know a thing about! Remember that learning new things is good for our brains!
- I was able to tap into creativity that I never thought I had. Learning I can be creative was an amazing gift. These days when I’m out running, I’m thinking of topics for podcasts or things I can share.
I hope you will listen to this last episode of the season. I recap my favorite lessons from my guests and there are some big ones. We can all be creative, even if we weren’t brought up thinking we were creative. Our brains are listening to what we say, so be careful when you talk about your capabilities. Saying yes to things when your gut tells you to, can change your life in huge ways. There are lots of other tips I give. For me, one highlight of my whole season came from some important feedback I got from one listener. It made my whole year of work worth it. He listened to my podcast on forgiveness and decided to forgive his ex-wife. He held her responsible for the death of his daughter and he’d been holding on to the anger for decades. His message brought me to tears and kept me on track. I want to change more lives in such a positive way.
You can listen to me talk through this in the podcast by clicking ‘play’ below or in the following places:
I’d love to hear more feedback about what you liked and didn’t like and what you would like to learn more about. I’m planning on several podcasts for next season about mindfulness, self-esteem and perfectionism. So many topics are related to heath, happiness and wellbeing. I’m happy to tap into anything you all are interested in learning more about!
Enjoy your summer!
Shannon Connery, Ph.D.