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Exploring the principles and diverse models of 'success' from parents, educators and entrepreneurs who refuse to settle for 'ordinary'
Jun 20, 2020
Unlocking your success using neural programs
A little while back I attended a special online presentation called "Activating Your Assignment - Sabotage or Success?" and the presenter was Simone Leslie, a Master Neuro Strategist, who I'm excited to say, is today's guest on the podcast. She really blew me away with how she could break down really powerful concepts! And I knew that this was going to be a great conversation to help all of you (and me) keep giving our best and getting the most out of life. Simone is the author of It’s OK to be Beautiful: Heavenly Whispers to a Broken Heart and has been a master strategist for the last 20 years. She’s also a speaker both with live audiences and on national TV. She specialises in "combining neuroscience, quantum physics, and emotional intelligence, clearing neurological blockages that cause self-sabotage to help people breakthrough and achieve success." Her success journey has not only been for personal fulfilment, - along with her husband Dave, they’ve founded several orphanages and early learning centres in different places around the world including: Cambodia, Zambia, Ethiopia and Kenya. She uses profits from her book and business to fund these and other social enterprise projects all around the world. This conversation brings out many fantastic truths. And to be sure that you’ll get all these valuable chunks of information, don’t forget to download the _Key Takeaways Guide_ that you can use to take action.
Jun 17, 2020
Cultivating a growth mindset in your kids
What does it really take to be successful in life? Big question, right? But it actually boils down to a few foundational principles - including the topic of today’s podcast. Having a GROWTH MINDSET. This was first explored and introduced by Stanford University professor Carol Dweck and her team. Basically, a growth mindset is a belief that talent is not innate. It is about believing in your own potential; that you can do anything that you want to do, you just have to want it bad enough and believe that you can. Today we get to chat with someone who has done incredible work in improving kids' mindset particularly their growth mindset-- Alexandra Eidens. She is the developer of _The Big Life Journals_ and _The Big Life Kids Podcast_. Her journey captures what it is to have a growth mindset. She shares about her failures (especially when she was just starting) but also how she recognised these and educated herself to bounce back and ultimately make her idea work. Alexandra has already positively impacted thousands of kids and families around the world and it was a privilege to have her on the show - I hope you enjoy it too!
Jun 8, 2020
How we can use this season to change the face of education - Part 2
Today, we’re joining back up again with my two guru friends in the education and communication spaces - Lee Hancock and Jason Knight. In the last episode, they unpacked for us the fundamental role of wellbeing for students and how important that is in the education system. We also unpacked what education can learn from business especially the way technology can be used to transform the learning experience. These two very smart guys and leaders of innovation in their respective fields. Lee is the winner of the 2020 New South Wales Premier Teachers’ Award and he points out how teachers have rapidly adapted in the face of the challenges brought by Covid19. For this episode we've put together an _Education Innovation Checklist_ with all the themes and topics tackled in this two-episode discussion. I hope this helps you to take action and apply more innovation in what you do in the education space. Don’t forget to download the _free resource from Episode 21-- Lee’s Top 10 Education Apps_. It's a list of the tools he effectively used with many other teachers he works with. In _episode 21_, we have been talking about the strategies that we could use right now given the rapid changes we've needed to make to adapt to the pandemic and so we’re picking up that conversation right now…
Jun 4, 2020
How we can use this season to change the face of education
In this episode, we are going to dive again into the world of education. We can't have a breakthrough in our struggles without learning. Learning is an essential ingredient of success. Education is how we scale learning - and therefore scale success - at least, it should be... For way too long 'education' has been about jumping through bureaucratic hoops in order to meet someone else's version of who we should be. Not only do we end up learning a plethora of useless information, but (worse) we develop a mental habit of believing that 'success' will come when we follow someone else's rules and play someone else's game - and it just isn't true! So we need to discover new ways of how we can make education better for our kids. Not just kids, for parents, educators and adult learners as well. It's already happening and you can join the revolution! Today, joining us are trailblazers also in this field: Lee Hancock and Jason Knight. Today, using the current crisis climate as a catalyst, we are talking about how we can move into an exciting iteration of what education could be. Lee Hancock is an exciting innovator in the education and digital space while Jason Knight is a communication and brand guru. They will both share how education could and should be about capturing the key ingredients for success and for empowering people. Just like our episode with _Marianne Power_ we're going to break this into two episodes. This episode will be about what's going on now and what we could learn, and the next episode will be about the solutions and what these two amazing guys think could happen given the massive changes happening around education. This episode is sponsored by the _Dangerous Minds_ course. Let's get into it!
May 28, 2020
Positive Practices for your Mental Health and Wellbeing - Part 2
Last week, we learned about Marianne’s background and how the amazing Posify group came to be. She had just started sharing her four very practical tips for promoting mental health but I felt we needed to break up the episode to be sure we didn't miss a single bit of this enthusiastic conversation. I didn't want to edit this down and so we're going to keep going through each technique - step by step so you get the full value out of this episode. If you haven't heard episode 18 yet, be sure to go back and listen to that one first so that you've got the background for this series. Marianne is a fountain of knowledge and SO passionate about her content - you'll hear that when you listen today. Be sure to get your copy of the _Wellbeing Posters_ - a self-awareness resource that you can stick up at home, in your workplace, or wherever you are going to stumble across it and take some simple steps to optimise your mental health and wellbeing available throughout this 2-part episode. Let’s continue...
May 24, 2020
Positive Practices for your Mental Health and Wellbeing - Part 1
In this very challenging time, looking after our personal well-being and mental fitness is of paramount importance. This is a 2-part podcast sharing the insight and knowledge of Marianne Power - an expert in the field of positive psychology and one half of the dynamic duo from Posify Group. Marianne is a fountain of knowledge and very passionate about what she does, and together we unpack the essential ingredients PLUS some very practical strategies for maintaining a healthy mind in these difficult times. In this episode, Marianne shares her story and how Jen and her have synthesised their skillsets to allow Posify to do amazing work and have a powerful impact in the community. We also explore this current season and the opportunities for growth that are available in this season. (In the next episode, she will be sharing the top positive practices and strategies that are most essential in keeping a healthy mind - be sure to _subscribe_ so you don't miss that!) During these episodes, you will hear about our _Wellbeing Poster Series_ - a self-awareness resource that you can stick up at home, in your workplace, or wherever you are going to stumble across it and take some simple steps to optimise your mental health and wellbeing. Let's get into it!
May 14, 2020
Inspiring Us All to Dream Bigger
"How do I dream and achieve bigger than the ordinary?" "Do I have to be ‘special’ to be successful?" I think we can all relate. Many young people have these questions in their mind and most of us have walked into adulthood with these same doubts clouding the back of our heads... only to resurface whenever life calls us to 'step up' and go to the next level. These same fears come flooding back in and we are reminded just how inadequate we feel. It's that same feeling of doubt and being an 'imposter' that keeps us playing small. Today that can change. Meet Liz Volpe. Top female entrepreneur in Australia but also a leader in the social impact space who has helped spark inspiration among young people all over the world. Listening to a successful businesswoman and social entrepreneur like Liz share how she spent much of her formative years lacking confidence and not knowing what she was meant to do or how to go about doing it can reassure us and inspire us all to question our own limiting beliefs about ourselves and whenever we want to step up. Liz shares how her journey started and went, managing to start her own company at a young age of 22 to discovering the world of social enterprise and redefining her success in terms of 'impact' more than 'things'. This podcast is an important story for RIGHT NOW. A lot of uncertainties are yet to unfold around the COVID19 crisis. But Liz shares her own experience in shifting her business to actually turn challenges into opportunities. Liz is the real-deal entrepreneur. I know that her story is going to inspire YOU to dream bigger!
May 10, 2020
A Tool for Creating a Happiness Habit
This episode is a resource giveaway! I’m giving out a tool to help you develop a HAPPINESS HABIT-- so you can become more productive, more efficient, and live HAPPIER. This week I was inspired by a talk I heard recently from _Kelly George_ (who we've interviewed before) talking about building habits. I know HABITS seem to be boring, less exciting than GOALS. When we hit our goals, we celebrate. But with habits, they're invisible, often we don’t even notice that we're doing them. But in all the areas I work - coaching and education, for young people or for adults, developing positive habits is a key part of the process in redesigning our lives. So I thought I'd share with you one of the tools I use with ALL of my clients. _The GVFD_. This is a great first step for you to start redesigning your life...
Apr 29, 2020
My top 5 video resources that every parent-educator needs to see
Normally, I’d be showing up to do this on a Monday – but this week is extra special because next week – on Monday, I’ll be kicking off one of my presentations at the _Australian Homeschool Summit_, which is also sponsoring this episode. In just a couple of weeks, we've from roughly 5% of people who choose to home-educate to nearly 90%! This really is an UNPRECEDENTED change in how we live our lives. But for the people who are presenting at the Summit (myself included) we’ve been doing this for years. Which means for years I've been studying what it means to create and deliver 'life-inspired' education - and TODAY I'm going to share with you FIVE of my biggest inspirations. Maybe you’re planning to send your kids back to school as soon as the doors open? OR maybe you’ve kinda liked the experience of spending more time with your kids and developing a NEW NORMAL? Either way - it doesn’t matter! These 5 videos are going to inform and inspire your outlook on the best way to coach and educate your child into the future...
Apr 24, 2020
Becoming ALL of you.
This week’s podcast is an interview with my life coaching mentor when I was studying at the Life Coaching Academy – Jane Taylor. Jane spent her formative years progressing up the ranks of professional tennis, overcoming viral meningitis and multiple injuries along the way to become one of the top-ranked women's players in Australia. After an injury at the 1997 US Open ended her tennis career, it was time to re-imagine her own life beyond elite sport. As a passionate life learner, she studied a double degree in education and taught a few years in schools before becoming the regional director of MIND MATTERS - a national education initiative in mental health and wellbeing. This interview started out as a conversation about being a positive voice in these challenging times. Having lived through her own share of adversity, Jane always has an uplifting quote to offer in dark days. But it became an interview about celebrating your humanity. The complexity, the multifaceted nature of who we are. We are so much more than what we do. This conversation goes deep, in a different way, to examine what does it mean to live life to the full – being ALL of who you are...
Apr 18, 2020
You've got to know your why
So many questions right now. So many unknowns. What's going on? Will I loose my job? What restrictions will be next? Am I safe? Are there opportunities for me in this time? I get it. There's a lot of uncertainty. A lot of change - and that makes people uncomfortable. But ONE THING hasn't changed. Who you are - and the Call on your life doesn't change with the seasons. Sure it builds and grows - but at it's essence, it remains constant. Dependable. In this podcast, I want us to focus on KNOWING YOUR WHY. In my business, I've needed to make pretty urgent shifts too. And being sure about _why am I doing what I’m doing_ has a lot to do with my capability to decisively take a pivot and adapt to changes. Everything around you may change but never loose sight of the fact that you have the seeds of greatness within you. New opportunities are waiting for us - both right now with this crisis AND at the other side - and being sure with your WHY will light the path to get you there.
Apr 6, 2020
A life shaping question for now
I'm hearing a lot of stories from my friends (and you're probably hearing the same things) about people doing it tough. Maybe you're one of them. Maybe you have lost your job OR maybe you are facing unprecedented expectations from work that you're not even sure you can handle? OR you just might be stuck at home, struggling under the pressure of working remotely PLUS trying to homeschool your kids with limited resources. Don't worry, I get it. My business has been twisted around completely in these uncertain times as well. But I also know that with every challenge, there's an opportunity. Imagine we were together in person right now at a cafe (remember those?) and I was coaching you. We are going through a process called 'future-pacing'. I'm asking you some questions designed to inspire you and get you thinking beyond the rut of day-to-day living that has become a frustration for you in the last few years... One of the questions I ask is...
Mar 28, 2020
Suddenly Homeschooling - Secrets for Success - Day 5
Let's take a quick jump back in history to see how we started this thing called "school" and what is it actually for? School is for learning, and learning is for life! So what happens when the system we use for schooling passes it's use-by date? Do you redesign it or jump hobble on with the same old model with some upgrades? Authentic Learning is all about leveraging real-world problems to maximise the learning experience. Not only is it most relevant and learning is richer, the kids actually engage and enjoy it more! Listen and leave a comment
Mar 27, 2020
Suddenly Homeschooling - Secrets for Success - Day 4
What is the 4th secret to creating an exciting, engaging learning experiences at home? Collaboration. Whaaat! How are we supported to do collaboration in this current environment? Well I can share some tips with you - be sure to sign up for the resources - https://www.blueprintlifeacademy.com.au/resources
Mar 26, 2020
Suddenly Homeschooling - Secrets of Success - Day 3
What is the 'Learning Zone' and how do you help your child find it? On this very short episode I share how you can take some steps to help your child in this learning journey...
Mar 25, 2020
Suddenly Homeschooling - Secrets to Success - Day 2
Day 2 is all about MINDSET! A positive attitude is everything, and needed now more than ever as fear threatens to cripple us. What are the 5 key areas of mindset and how to embed them into learning experiences Sign up for resources at: https://www.blueprintlifeacademy.com.au/resources
Mar 23, 2020
Suddenly Homeschooling - Secrets to Success - Day 1
Over this and the coming episodes we'll be focusing on the important Lifestyle Domain of "Family & Community" I'm going to be sharing an expanding series that unlocks my: _5 SECRETS TO CREATING AN ENGAGING LEARNING EXPERIENCE __Be sure to sign up for the updates here_:
Mar 9, 2020
Success is sooo much more than money!
Today's podcast is for all the men out there (and the women who care about them!) who know they're called to a fit and healthy expression of manhood but feel that society sometimes is pulling you in the opposite direction. We are grateful to have Matt Defina of The Man Cave share his experiences digging deep on issues concerning men’s mental health and well-being. Inspired by his adventurous childhood, he shares some of the amazing work he's doing at the Man Cave for young men and boys and tackles how creating safe spaces matters in men’s behavioural development. Some might say he was 'bred from birth' to be a super 'Men's Mental Health Ninja' 😉 😂 - but as insightful as he is, Matt views himself as just an ordinary guy with struggles like everyone else. This is a powerful interview where the Head of Programs for one of Australia's most innovative and up-and-coming providers of preventative mental fitness for young men opens up and offers vulnerable, heartfelt insights…
Mar 1, 2020
Thinking beyond traditional boundaries in education and life
In today’s podcast, I’m talking with a mum who has not only discovered a powerful way to motivate and inspire her kids in their learning, but also built a heart-centred, lifestyle business. Meet Kelly George. When I first connected with Kelly, she was hiking the Te Araroa Trail across New Zealand with her beautiful family of five and her husband Daniel. That's the kind of adventures that they've come to know as 'life' as they live it on their own terms. Kelly is what some might call a 'life-hacker' - her life as a mother and wife drove her to think of ways to create an income without giving up the benefits of time with family and in the end it was her experience in homeschooling her own kids that paved the way. She applies a refreshing pragmatism and courage that cuts across the traditional assumptions that keep most of us locked in our 'social script'. Her business, Fearless Homeschool gives her the freedom to live this amazing lifestyle but also allows her to support hundred…
Feb 24, 2020
5 important questions you need to ask yourself
The answers you need are never far away, you just need to know the right questions to ask... In today’s podcast, I’m unpacking FIVE key questions that hone in on the FIVE lifestyle domains that my clients and I explore together and (I think) are essential for living a happy, whole-hearted, fulfilled life. _GET THE FREE PDF GUIDE FOR THIS EPISODE _In this episode I'll share, not only where I've stumbled across success, but also where I struggle and how these 5 simple questions put a spotlight on how and where I need to change and grow. It's popular and sexy to talk about 'magic formulas' for success, but the reality is a great life is never created in one single moment - it is a series of small, daily actions all moving in a positive direction and all aligned with your core purpose, that stack one upon the other to build monumental impact. It's doing the little things well. THAT is what these questions will help you to focus on. I started out with 5 questions - linked to the 5 l…
Feb 4, 2020
5 keys for Health & Vitality - with Terry Powers
Are you living the abundant life? In today's podcast, I'm chatting with a good friend of mine, a man who I think has cracked the code and is actively living the abundant life. I'd like you to meet Terry Powers - a Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Kinesiologist, Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist (not a bad resume, eh?) Together with his brother Leigh (plus the other family members always floating about) they run _Powers Health_. Terry has passion for helping people live at their peak - the way God designed for us and he treats people for every ailment you could imagine - from allergies, to muscle strains to behavioural disorder to grief and loss. Along with all of this, together with his wife Vinny, they are raising a beautiful family. She is also a passionate health advocate, sharing the benefits of Doterra Essential Oils with her clients and his older children have now graduated their school education to pursue psychology and music (see the links below for Bianca's new single)…
Jan 14, 2020
The ONE THING that has increased my productivity more than anything else!
Life Coach Andrew Lord shares his struggle with perfectionism and his encounter with a simple truth that has flipped his feelings of inadequacy and super-charged his productivity over the last 12 months. In this episode, you'll get a deeper understanding of the crazy life of a life coach/creative entrepreneur and learn how you can apply this simple idea to your own life. You are invited to contribute to the conversation over at the blog - www.blueprintlifecoaching.com.au/post/episode007 hope to see you there!
Jan 6, 2020
3 mindset keys for a happy, healthy lifestyle - with Sarah Moss
Welcome to 2020 - AND a new decade! It's such an exciting time and an exciting opportunity. As I was reviewing my content I knew I REALLY wanted my first podcast for 2020 to pack a punch and deliver some key insights for living the abundant life we aspire to here on the Blueprint. When I re-listened to the interview - I knew this was it. Sarah is such a clam and unassuming personality but she drops some real gold nuggets in this interview and I can't wait to share it. In this podcast we're going to unpack what THREE key principles Sarah has used to shape her own happy, healthy laptop lifestyle as a mother of 2 (soon to be 3) children AND how she uses these same 3 principles to guide her clients from all across Australia to success in their health and fitness goals.
Dec 23, 2019
Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
If you were unstoppable, what would your life look like? We live our own individual lives everyday. We have our family, our regular job, or usual routine. The question is, is this really what we want to do in life? Do we feel happy? Are we all fulfilled? When was the last time that you have fearlessly went out of your comfort zone and chased after your dreams despite that little voice in your head saying that you can't do it? We all want change but at the same time we fear change. We want to become better yet we're too lazy to do what it takes to improve. In today’s podcast, I am talking with Ellie – from Ellie Bell Coaching – who specialises in helping people with transformation and change – and I’ve got to say – she’s made some big brave leaps in her own life before becoming a life coach! Ellie's journey is an inspiring story about how she left her corporate job in the UK and moved to New Zealand to be with the man of her dreams and start a family. Along the way she…
Dec 9, 2019
Dropping Truth Bombs at the IGNITE conference
Challenging the status-quo is hard. Are YOU ready for it? We grew up in a world where our parents and teachers told us what we need to do in order to reach our goals in life. We were taught to follow the "social script" Nothing wrong with this. it is stable, predictable and it will take you where you want to go at some point. We were taught we must follow these steps and go through the cycle. But the world is changing faster than it ever has before. What worked 20 years ago just DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE! Find out what does!
Nov 25, 2019
A medical miracle - meet Roy!
Have you ever been in a situation when you feel like your life is over? Can you still come out of the darkness? We all experience adversities in life. A time when you hit rock bottom. As Brene Brown would call it - your "face-down" moment. There are circumstances that you never think you'll be in. Stuff that you think only happens to other people - not you. If there's one thing that is assured in this life - it is struggle. Struggle is what shapes us, defines us and ultimately (if we let it) builds our character. When that happens we strengthen and equip ourselves for a better tomorrow. Stronger. Smarter. Braver than before. Never say die!
Nov 11, 2019
The Hero's Blueprint
What if there was a model of success that was hidden in every story, in every culture, from every time period around the world? Today, we are looking an ancient formula to design your life and learning experiences – we’re going to be unpacking the Hero’s Journey. The Hero's Journey was a concept first conceived by mythologist Joseph Campbell, he wrote a book which has been read millions of times over since it was first published in 1949 - The Hero with a Thousand Faces. In it he recounts his study into dozens of myths from all around the world and outlines a pattern - a blueprint - that every hero follows on his or her quest for greatness. Hope you enjoy it!
Oct 29, 2019
What is Lifestyle Design
We all want to live a complete, happy, healthy and wealthy lifestyle, am I right? But how do we really achieve it? Is it really achievable? I am sure that at some point, you have said to yourself – "I want to achieve that health and body goals" or "I want to get a fulfilling career with big dollars" or even saying "I want to travel the world!" Or how about "I want to be happy being with the man/woman of my dreams". But is there really a secret formula to help us get these goals? While there is no genie that can grant us three wishes or magic spell that can give us everything that we want, there is certainly a process that can help us unlock our inner potential and turn these dreams into a reality. And THAT is what I am very excited and happy to share with you today on the podcast! Today, we're going to unpack the 5 key principles of Lifestyle Design – that you can use to start living YOUR maximised life. This is the exact same process I've used to redesign my own life and now u…