Mind Matters with Rex Urwin and Catherine Connolly Podcast
By Rex Urwin and Catherine Connolly
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Welcome to the Mind Matters Podcast with Rex Urwin and Catherine Connolly, the show for business owners, executives, leaders and entrepreneurs committed to living life at their best. Listen in while we share how you can transform your life through focus, leadership and developing a high-performance mindset. If you want to know more about how we can can help you perform at your best, you can find us at mindmatters.me.
||CleanHow To Survive The Ups And Downs Of Business||For entrepreneurs, executives and small to medium business owners, business and day-to-day life can often be a bit of an endurance race. It’s key to be able to reset and refocus quickly, however it’s not always easy for some. In this episode, Rex chats to British extreme sports lover Pete. His love of alpine skiing and climbing, and a background in the military, means he has learned some valuable life lessons that can serve you well in the unpredictable world of business. This interview was made possible through our connections with high level elite military operations personnel. Pete's last name has been withheld as he is still an active operative. Episode highlights: A bit on Pete’s background - joined the Royal Marines in 1994 and served 10 years in various countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone Pete’s work as a military contractor for the past 15 years - Private Security Detail How Pete manages emotion and pressure Failure is a challenge in life - be happy being you Pete’s education in the remote highlands of Scotland where everything revolved around the outdoors Boarding school is not always privilege - Pete thinks it’s a miserable experience Always look for improvement, not the problem Practice makes permanent - always practice your skills if you can to improve Pete’s advice to business owners - have courage in your convictions Having courage isn’t easy Why Pete doesn’t like civilian life - it’s too mundane; not enough variety Where Pete gets his satisfaction from - he loves to serve and help people A story about Pete’s grandfather - a Spitfire pilot and time spent in a German war camp Being able to compartmentalise your life so you can put a strategy into place Life isn’t a perfect journey Useful Links: Website Rex Urwin LinkedIn Catherine Connolly LinkedIn||19 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview With Tony Robertson - The Power Of Mindfulness To A Business Owner||“We are our own worst enemies.” But what does that mean for a business owner? Doubting your abilities will never be conducive to success. As a small to medium business owner, a lot can come from learning to be still in the storm, as our guest in this episode found out. Tony Robertson is the founder of Brisbane Tank Manufacturing (BTM), a producer of stainless steel products for the dairy, brewery, pharmaceutical and food processing industries across Australia. His business story began when he started work as an apprentice technician and, after meeting the love of his life, strived for more. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, he went into the administration side of things and learned more about drafting, engineering and procurement. In this episode, Tony shares his secrets for everyday business success, including learning to be mindful, listening to his emotions and learning from past mistakes to reach his goals. Episode highlights: What Tony’s company does - specialises in the manufacturing of stainless steel products for the dairy, brewery, pharmaceutical and food processing industries A bit about Tony’s background - started as a sheet metal worker building tanks Why Tony started his own business - wanted more What it means to be a business owner and what Tony found difficult at first - learning to manage people, manage cash flow and payroll How and why Tony came across Mind Matters - wanted to learn from his mistakes Mistakes are learnings Dealing with the ups and downs of being a small business owner Managing your emotions as a business owners - making sure your mindset is right Planning for today and tomorrow and not getting too comfortable as a business owner Tony’s goal setting - making mindfulness a goal Dealing with unexpected obstacles after returning from holiday in Europe What Tony would tell his younger self - listen to your emotions We are our own worst enemy What 2019 looks like for Tony and his business Tony Roberston on LinkedIn Brisbane Tanks Website To register for the Removing Obstacles To Your Happiness And Success Retreat call||12 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre You Building A Business To Last?||While holidaying in Europe we had the opportunity to visit Sainte-Chapelle, a 13th century Gothic church in Paris near Notre Dame, one of many hundreds of stunning churches throughout Europe. Apart from its beauty, it also inspired me to think about ‘the work’ that went into it, and how the results and impact of that work still live on today. Many of us stop to marvel at the incredible architecture and artisanship of this era, and the time and effort that went in to design and create exquisite works like these. Works that leave people awestruck at the vision and the execution, even centuries after the last stone was laid. Imagine what your business could become if you ‘designed’ and built it with the same precision as these architects did centuries ago. Imagine if you took the time to create something of beauty, to create a business and a lifestyle of beauty. What if you took the time to slowly and elegantly create something with a beautiful structure and abundance that lasts forever, that lasts as a legacy. Churches like Sainte-Chapelle weren’t built in a hurry. They weren’t rushed. They were built to last. A life that is worth recording, that is worth journaling, is worth taking the time to build also. So give some consideration to the time you're taking to build something worth having. It's beyond money. It's beyond building abundance in terms of your own game in the short to medium term. In Europe we also noticed that it’s not just the churches that last a long time. Businesses do too. So many businesses are handed down from generation to generation. They have been built to last, with a legacy of collective knowledge and wisdom that’s passed on to each successive generation. These are businesses that last a long time because they take the time to play the long game. Are you building a business to last? Useful Links: Mind Matters Website Catherine on LinkedIn Rex on LinkedIn Mind Matters Facebook Mind Matters Twitter||5 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Brain Is Smarter Than You Think It Is||It’s ironic that the brain is such an extraordinary mechanism and yet often it’s the brain, or more so the way we think with the brain, that holds many people back from reaching their potential. The brain often produces thoughts about itself that aren’t true, including the thought that it isn’t so smart or that it doesn’t have the capacity to change – “I am the way that I am and have to accept and adapt to the world the way it is.” Or it might make judgements that don’t serve us - "I'm not good enough," or "I lack confidence." Episode Highlights: The Variable IQ A burden in business A brain that has difficulty trusting others to get the job done can become insistent that, “I have to do it myself otherwise it won’t get done properly.” Be The Change You Want To See In Your World There is hope Useful Links: Mind Matters Website Catherine on LinkedIn Rex on LinkedIn Mind Matters Facebook Mind Matters Twitter The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge M.D.||27 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing The Mind Matters Podcast With Rex Urwin and Catherine Connolly||Welcome to the Mind Matters Podcast with Rex Urwin and Catherine Connolly, the show for business owners, executives, leaders and entrepreneurs committed to living life at their best. Listen in while we share how you can transform your life through focus, leadership and developing a high-performance mindset. In this, our first episode, we are introduced and interviewed by Brett Jarman, Founder and Executive Producer of Experts On Air, the producers of the Mind Matters Podcast. Brett quizzed us on ‘the story so far,’ how we got into the field of work we are in, why it’s important to us, and what we hope to contribute through the podcast. Enjoy :-) How Catherine’s childhood curiosity led her to be interested in matters of the mind Catherine’s learning journey and understanding the tools and techniques available to help us transform How Catherine’s frustration with surface level techniques inspired her to work with people at a deeper level The 25 year history of Mind Matters Rex’s hippy years Rex’s corporate years in marketing and finance and how his love affair with relationships led him to pursue other avenues Trading in his shoes for sneakers to study behavioural science at university Rex’s journey into matters of the mind and how matters of the mind became matters of the heart Why matters of the mind matter for everyone The role of the mind to serve us and how we underestimate its capabilities Why the comfort zone stops people from fully expressing themselves The difference between designing your life and taking things as they come Why Catherine and Rex mostly work with small to medium business owners and entrepreneurs Why a creative mind is critical for entrepreneurship The role of frustration and boredom in leading people to explore the mind Why different people get different results in business even with the same resources The role of beliefs and deeper patterns in the results we get in life The role of friends and family in determining our results The transition to unconscious competence and mastery What to look forward to in future episodes of The Mind Matters Podcast - Confidence, beliefs, the role of ‘cliches’ i limiting success, what flow and balance looks like, what sustainable relationships look like, taking creative control of your business, understanding how the brain works and how to harness the power of it, getting clarity of your vision, how to have fun and to make your business a playful space. Useful Links: Mind Matters Website Catherine on LinkedIn Rex on LinkedIn Mind Matters Facebook Mind Matters Twitter||18 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
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