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The Happiness Hunter Podcast
23 minutes | Sep 18, 2022
Playing The Long Game with Fiona Redding
Please join me to celebrate the 150th episode of The Happiness Hunter Podcast! In this episode I'm reflecting on the experience of bringing this podcast to life every single week for nearly three years; through a global pandemic, pivoting the business, moving home three (!!!) times, lockdowns, home-schooling and many, many 4am starts to get it published to deadline. Creating anything of any substance or meaning takes time and requires effort. There are no shortcuts. When we play the long game, we set an intention, get clear on our vision. And then we just show up and take consistent action - no matter what - until our vision is realised. If we are only motivated by external measures of success, then we will never succeed at the long game. The rewards for playing the long game are many, but mostly they are not external - certainly not in the beginning. As you go along playing the long game, you realise that the real reward tends to be more intrinsic - developing self esteem, confidence, self-belief, trust, patience. Being willing to stick at things when the shine has worn off and you are just plugging away, requires determination. Yet these are things that no-one can take from you. Once they are developed, they belong to you. And that is the real prize. To become the person for whom it is possible. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 minutes | Sep 11, 2022
The Happiness Quotient (HQ) with Fiona Redding
The Happiness Quotient or HQ is based on The Seven Elements Framework for Life Integration, which underpins a lot of the work that we do in The Happiness Hunter. The framework was initially developed in 2013, with a friend of mine, Paul O’Brien. Since that time Paul and I have both gone on to refine and adapt the framework as we deepened our individual understanding of it's application to real life. Undertaking your Happiness Quotient (HQ) is one of the first exercises we do when we begin working together. It's based on the framework, and asks you to reflect on how happy you are in each of the elements of your life. It can be a bit confronting, but this can also be quite enlightening, as it shines a light on and exposes where you may be struggling, but also lets you see those areas of your life that are going well. In this episode of the podcast, you'll have the opportunity to reflect on your HQ and make a plan to take the next best step from where you are now. And just so you know, when I first did this exercise - not one element of my life was working well, but today, that is no longer the case. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5 minutes | Sep 4, 2022
Nothing Comes From Nothing with Fiona Redding
Our rewards, outcomes and experiences in life are in direct relation to our attitude, our effort, our contribution, our service. Our deeds are what counts. So if we are not taking action, then nothing counts. We need to be the catalyst. If we want a different experience, we need to do something differently. Like so much of what I share on this podcast, the original inspiration for this episode came from my teacher, Healing Master Issam Kadamani, and my reflections on his lessons. So, have a listen to this episode, reflect on what it means for you and then go out into the world, and give the best of yourself today. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11 minutes | Aug 28, 2022
The Sound of Silence with Fiona Redding
We live in a very busy and noisy world, with a lot of distractions, noise and interruptions. From the sound of traffic outside, to the jackhammer down the road on the building site, to the ping of a notification or people talking to us. Our ears are always picking up sound, even when we are asleep. Our brain receives the electrical signal and has to do something with it, it has to decide how to respond – even when the noise is not directly related to us. Always being “on” means that we don’t have the ability to go “in”. Experiencing silence is very important to our wellbeing. We need peace and quiet, just like we need exercise, water and to eat well to nourish our bodies. In this episode of the podcast, you’ll discover just how beneficial a low sensory environment is to your wellbeing, and have some time to reflect on how you can create the space for more silence in your life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
The World is Your Mirror with Fiona Redding
One of the most challenging concepts for people to accept (includingthose deep into the practice of self improvement and personal development) is that the world around us reflects our inner world. The relationships, the bank balance, the number on the scales, the environment (be it toxic or healthy), the experiences – is a reflection and mirror of what is happening within. This is big, and at times, quite an uncomfortable truth to be reminded of. Yet, it is liberating in the sense of recognising what it reveals about ourselves. Even better is that the solution to changing all of it for the better is within us. In this episode of the podcast, we are talking about our ability to change our experience by turning the lens inwards, and I'm sharing with you some questions to help guide your reflection. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15 minutes | Aug 14, 2022
Holding The Line
Holding the line is when we maintain the existing position or state of affairs. It refers to former military tactics, in which a line of troops was supposed to prevent an enemy breakthrough. This line is at the edge of where we have been.It’s the line where our dreams come to die. Because we can’t hold it. And we retreat back.This is the point of self-sabotage.It is the point we quit.It's the point where we say it's too hard, and I give up.We tell ourselves it is not our time.Staying the course is to pursue a difficult task to the end. But if we can hold that line. And make a plan to push over that. If we can cross over. If we can say that’s not the way this ends this time.If we can take the leap, as my teacher says, and if we can simply jump.Then that’s where the magic happens.Because that’s where we go where we haven’t been before.Have a listen to this episode of the podcast, where I recently did just that. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9 minutes | Aug 7, 2022
The Gift is in The Struggle with Fiona Redding
Happiness is the be found in the overcoming of obstacles and challenges in our lives, not in the absence of them. It is though the obstacles and the challenges that we grow. It is though our struggles that we become more than who we are today, we learn things about ourselves, we let things go. When we confront our challenges, when we face them. We feel the strength and gift of embracing the struggle. In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing the two significant gifts in embracing our struggles, emotional discomfort and triggers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 minutes | Jul 31, 2022
Going to Eleven with Fiona Redding
There’s a scene in the rockumentary ‘This is Spinal Tap’ where they have an amp. And because they are such a hardcore rock band, they have an amp that goes to 11. But to get to eleven, you still need to start at one. If we don’t start, if we don’t just pick up the guitar, metaphorically speaking, and have a go, then the amp is never, ever going to get to 11. In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing about how we self sabotage, how we stop ourselves from ever getting to 11 - either by never starting in the first place or putting the brakes on before we can get there. Once we start anything, we begin to collect data. And we can review this data which provides a glimpse into ourselves - our patterns and our behaviour. And it is this awareness which gives us an opportunity to do things differently. Let's allow ourselves to get to 11, whatever that means, and wherever that will take us. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
Caring About Who You Are
What other people think about you, is none of your business. But what you think about you. That is your business. How you feel about yourself should not be determined by whether other people like you or not. If you like yourself then it doesn’t matter what other people think about you - positively, negatively, good, bad, indifferent. If you like yourself then you are friends with yourself. And if you are friends with yourself then you like and accept yourself, just as you are. In this episode of the podcast (it's super short, and super sweet) you'll have an opportunity to reflect on the relationship you have with yourself, and how much you may be impacted by what you think the outside world thinks and feels about you. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
17 minutes | Jul 17, 2022
The Problem and The Solution with Fiona Redding
The problem and the solution are two sides of the same coin.When we can understand our problem, we can understand the solution.Our problem with other people is nothing to do with them. It is 100% our problem.We may know this.But are we really living it? Are we embodying what we know? Am we honestly implementing it in our lives?Truly, knowledge and awareness are nothing without understanding and action.In this episode of the podcast, I am exploring this idea from another perspective, and I really encourage you to listen in. If you are the problem, and if you can completely accept that, then equally, you are also the solution. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9 minutes | Jul 10, 2022
Believing in Your Ideas with Fiona Redding
Ideas are great, but they need to be believed in 100% and they need to be executed thoughtfully, purposefully. It’s not just about chasing fame or money or anything like that. To me it’s to create something that lasts and that makes a difference. To believe in creating something of substance. And to be determined to make it happen, no matter the environment or challenges. I’ve been reflecting a lot this week about putting out stuff of substance, really focusing on my contribution to the world. To be purposeful, and to strive for genuine connection. In this episode I'm sharing examples of two different things I read recently - about Kate Bush making £250,000 a week from royalties of her song, Running Up That Hill. A song that she wrote, performed and produced. A song that was first released in 1985. And of the shifting landscape in the VC funding world, with less capital available to fund start-up ideas.Do you believe in your idea(s) enough to make a go of them, regardless of the circumstances and the environment? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9 minutes | Jul 3, 2022
Gratitude Affirmations with Fiona Redding
Gratitude is so powerful because it shapes the way we see and experience the world: what we focus on expands. So the more we appreciate, the more we have to appreciate.We tend to say thank you for things we have already received. Affirmations are powerful in that they help guide our thinking and help us to get clear on and focus on what we want. Combined, they are even more powerful. I like to think of them as gratitude affirmations.In this episode of the podcast, you can practice saying thank you in advance, with gratitude for that which you are intending, knowing it’s already a done deal. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6 minutes | Jun 26, 2022
Speaking Words Wisely with Fiona Redding
How aware are you of the words that you speak? What comes out of our mouth, often tells us a lot about what is going on inside. What comes out of our mouth will also let us know a lot about what we can expect to happen. What comes out of our mouth has the power to shape the future. We need to learn how to use our words wisely. Learning to tune in to the words we say, as we are speaking them, will help us to become more aware of what we think and believe, and when we are really tuned in, we will come to understand when what we say no longer serves us - and we can learn to think and then speak things differently. In this episode, I'm sharing a few examples of how words become an instruction, and how we we can say it differently to create a better outcome. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
15 minutes | Jun 19, 2022
The Dip with Fiona Redding
When we are working towards something - when we have a clear vision, direction, mission, purpose. We need to trust that what we are going through is exactly what we need to go through to get us to where we want to be. That we need to clear the clutter that is blocking our progress, to open up new channels of thinking, expand our knowledge and awareness.It’s in the challenge or the struggle - otherwise known as The Dip or The Valley of Despair - that we learn stuff, we gain greater insight into ourselves, we get to know ourselves better and understand more. The darkness is the contrast for the light and it gives us greater appreciation.It’s very rarely easy. It often comes with pain. But if we can hold the course, and not give up, not retreat but keep facing forward whatever the cost, then we will always come through the other side. In this episode of the podcast, you'll gain a deeper insight into the process of change, and you'll know that you are not on your own. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7 minutes | Jun 12, 2022
The Higher and Lower Self with Fiona Redding
There are two versions in which we show up. At our best, we are patient, loving, kind, courageous, forgiving, curious, and empathetic to the needs of others. We have an attitude of learning and growth. In our highest and best version of being, we value the self, know our worth, and contribute to life and others. This is referred to as the higher self. Showing up as your highest self means operating and living life in communication with a higher level of consciousness, without the restraints of limiting beliefs. And then there is the other side of the coin. In this state, we are emotionally reactive, stagnated, closed off to any new information, argumentative and operating in victim mode. This is a contracted and closed off energy space. This is referred to as the lower self. We also have free will. In this episode of the podcast. you'll have an opportunity to reflect on which self you are choosing to spend most of your time operating from. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6 minutes | Jun 5, 2022
How Kind Are You To Yourself? with Fiona Redding
The way we speak to ourselves about ourselves says a lot about the relationship we have with ourselves. When you speak to yourself - are you kind or are you mean? Do you lift yourself up, encourage yourself, motivate yourself, challenge yourself (in a positive way), show yourself grace, forgiveness and compassion? Or do you beat yourself up, berate yourself, talk down to yourself, take yourself down at every single opportunity you get? Imagine if we were talking about a friend or a person outside of you. Which one would you want to be friends with? The question for today is this - how kind are you to yourself... and how can you be kinder and nicer friend to your very own self? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 minutes | May 29, 2022
The Cave You Fear to Enter with Fiona Redding
Sometimes we need to go where we don't want to go, to get to where we want to be.One of Joseph E Campbell's most famous quotes is this; "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek". In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing a recent struggle that I went through, speaking to you as I was right in the thick of it. Change can be really challenging and deeply uncomfortable, as we are forced to deal with emotions that which we have avoided dealing with for most of our lives.But eventually, if we want to move, if we want to change, if we want to grow - we have to face it. Our darkness is nothing to be feared. Denying, suppressing and avoiding dealing with our painful emotions does not make them go away. Being honest with ourselves and facing up to what we fear is the only way through.We want to learn to embrace the struggle - even as we are up to our neck in it - and to recognise that it is through properly owning our problems that we always find our solution. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
56 minutes | May 22, 2022
Finishing The Stuff That Matters wtih Charlie Gilkey
Charlie Gilkey helps people start finishing the stuff that matters. Charlie is the founder of Productive Flourishing, a company that helps professional creatives, leaders, and changemakers take meaningful action on work that matters. He is the author of the book and and host of the Productive Flourishing podcast. Before starting Productive Flourishing, Charlie worked as a Joint Force Military Logistics Coordinator while simultaneously pursuing a PhD in Philosophy.Start FinishingThe Small Business Lifecycle, Through actionable guidance grounded in thought-provoking theory, Charlie helps you take meaningful action on the stuff that matters in both life and work. I was so delighted to have Charlie join me on this episode of the podcast. I was first introduced to his work several years ago, specifically his approach to time blocking, and my mind was blown by such a simple concept. Charlie’s philosophy around living our best lives, productivity and his time blocking method was a game-changer for me, and I share his teachings with all of my clients. In this episode of the podcast we cover a lot of ground, from: Charlie's background in military logistics Living intentionally The overwhelmed brain Why to-do lists will frazzle your brain The concept of time blocking Understanding focus, admin, social and recovery blocks How to communicate your time blocking preferences with others Not all time is created equal Factoring in invisible activities and SO MUCH MORE I hope you enjoy this episode and take what you learn to start to get stuff done. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
20 minutes | May 15, 2022
The Power of The Pause with Fiona Redding
Busy. How often do you use this word to describe your day?Overwhelmed. Frazzled. Drowning. Chasing your tail. No time to breathe.Trying to do all the things and be everything to everyone, and not necessarily feeling like you are accomplishing things.The crazy thing about this state, is that we think the only way through it is to just keep going and hope that things will get better and improve. But the problem with this strategy is that we get ourselves completely stuck in the weeds. And when we are down in the weeds, all we can see is weeds.When we get like this, it's very important that we use it as an opportunity to reflect what is going on.Why are we thinking, feeling, behaving in this way? What is driving it? What do we need to do differently to change the outcome we are (continually) experiencing?As the creators of our own life experience, it's our responsibility to become aware so that we can change it.In this episode of the podcast, we are talking about The Power of The Pause. Stopping creates a circuit breaker to get us out of the weeds and into the eagle eye present moment. It helps us to rebalance and regain focus. We can breathe again. From this higher perspective, we can gain a greater understanding of why we are where we are, experiencing what we are experiencing, and map out a pathway forward. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
49 minutes | May 8, 2022
Overcoming Overwhelm with Fiona Redding
When you are feeling overwhelmed it can cause big problems…for you, your family, and your work…it seeps into every corner of your life.In this episode of the podcast, I'm sharing the most common trigger points for overwhelm and the key strategies to put in place to help you: Greatly reduce the chance of getting overwhelmed in the first place Become more aware of your red flags so you can spot them and deal with them, simply and easily Get back on track when the wheels fall off - immediately and for the longer term. These are the same strategies I’ve taught hundreds of clients over the last eight years, to help them successfully overcome overwhelm. When you eliminate overwhelm from your life, you have… Clarity on your priorities, and the ability to easily adapt to the natural ebbs and flows of life Feelings of inner peace and calm More confidence in your skills and abilities Higher self-esteem Less conflict in your relationships A greater sense of control A better relationship with time The ability to get more done, with much less drama ... and so much more... See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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