Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Life Lessons, Challenging Yourself, Personal Learning & Growth.

Life is never boring life is always awesome whether you're having good times or bad times it is all experience and should be cherished.  we should be learning about ourselves and during our lifetime  in other words life is a journey we all are forced to take and what is important is the opportunities that are place before us for personal learning & personal growth, but we must challenge ourselves along the way and place ourselves outside of our comfort zones. take away the cotton wool we wrap ourselves up in only then will we get the chance and opportunity to learn about ourselves and grow as a person, not everyone is willing to do this but they are just depriving themselves of learning about who they are and perhaps reaching their potential, i have challenged my self in life before during my Martial arts career from age 7 i have practiced martial arts starting with Karate then judo, taekwondo back to karate then settling around my late teens and early 20's with Muay Thai Kickboxing.

during the formative 13 years of my life the martial arts provided a platform for me to challenge myself physically and mentally whether this was learning a complicated techniques, taking a belt grading or sparring session, it was easier to challenge myself as a child where you don't really have a concept of yourself and how you project yourself out to people, as vanity is still a foreign concept at this age, you probably have the best opportunity to grow from your challenges as you are not going to hold yourself back this is the beauty of childhood everything is cool and exciting and as i said before you see life as being awesome.

you then end up going through your teenage years where you are becoming more conscious of your self what you want to become and what image you are projecting out.  from this point you start restricting yourself from new challenges and start sticking to what you know because this becomes comfortable and as you grow into being an adult you are maneuvering yourself and your life into what is comfortable, rejecting or ignoring new challenges before you sticking to the smooth straight path you know rather than the rough twisty forked path with many opportunities,  but what are you doing you are robbing yourself of challenges and opportunities for personal growth, to better understand yourself as a person and improve yourself (as all of us don't really want to admit that we can improve personally as we are all comfortable with the person we are there are of course exceptions to this but in the most i believe this to be correct).

what stops you from taking new challenges is fear, fear of failing. when you are a young child failing doesn't bother you because you are open to learning from your failures as you are not trying to project a certain pisona of yourself, you simply just are you exist in the moment and don't care about the past or future. as i said before you have no concept of vanity this is something you develop as you grow due to peer pressure and trying to live up to your parents expectations or the expectations you tell yourself your parents want for you.

When teaching Kickboxing you never hear children say i'm never going to be able to perform this technique they just try and keep trying. but in adults it is all to common to hear it, what you are doing here is setting yourself up for failure so you have already given yourself an excuse in the first place for not being able to do something.  at this point a high percentage of adults get frustrated and quit and justify it by saying the technique is just to hard or difficult, what you have done here is passed on an opportunity to challenge yourself and grow as a person instead you have choose to go back to the smooth straight path which is comfortable and you know so well. but what are you learning about yourself here nothing are you gaining anything no.

The small percentage of people who stick with it and keep trying even when they fail a 100 times at something get over the embarrassment of failing and people screaming and laughing they succeed and at that point you may not know it but this is the "awesome" part of life, at this point you feel something a sense of pride, accomplishment or whatever you want to call it it feels great, at this point you have just learnt something about yourself you have accepted the new challenge and overcome it. you have also just made yourself more open to taking the next challenge this is one of the great things about martial arts it is all about new challenges and overcoming them all the way from white belt to black belt and then from there the challenges keep coming, i have seen it many times, i remember one guy that had not done any exercise for a long time and had the worst flexibility i have ever seen, but he choose to do Kickboxing where you require a certain level of flexibility to perform a lot of the kicks and knees! this would have been enough for most people to quit but this guy kept attending and over a period of 12 months he went from no flexibility and struggling with the techniques of Muay Thai, to having good level of flexibility and performing good strong techniques. he had challenged himself and overcome his challenges as well as the desire to quit! and ultimately learnt a lot about himself along the way and opened his mind up to challenge and personal growth! this also inspired me to keep learning taking challenges and grow as a person.

when i started competing in amatuer kickboxing i opened myself up to a new set of challenges, fear of failure and the possibility of serious injury i had many contests always going into the fights worried about losing and looking stupid to my peers. rather than let this fear get to me and control me i used it to push harder and use it to drive myself to win no matter how tough it was because i knew i would kick and beat myself up a lot harder than my opponent would if i lost without giving 110%. during my fighting career i managed to claim 2x world titles and defend them against the world toughest amatuer Kickboxers several times, what did i learn during this journey i learnt challenges are not to be feared they are to be embarrassed, you can achieve what you want to as long as you are prepared to put hard work in, things are not automatically going to happen for you, you need to make things happen in life take control and take the opportunities as come whether you think you are ready or not, whether the time is right or not, if you pass opportunity you pass the chance to progress in life become what you aspire and so on.

this is what brings me to my latest challenge starting a podcast it is something totally alien to me, yes i have listened to many podcasts but to actually produce one yourself is a totally different kettle of fish. it is a new journey in which i relish the challenge ahead whether i get it wrong or right it is more about the journey that is important and what we can learn along the way. sure it is going to be chaotic and rough round the edges and failure is going to happen that is certain but it is how we overcome these failures which will allow for the opportunities for personal growth and development, Character building and learning and the possibility of success and whether successful or not i will benefit from it regardless it will also be exciting and awesome.

so here is to personal growth and learning and i ask you this! how are you going ensure you challenge yourself in life and give yourself chances to learn about yourself & grow and achieve what you want? dont let fear of the unknown stop you and get yourself out of your goddamn comfort zone and try new things today don't put things off till tomorrow as tomorrow never comes! thanks for listening. 


The Start Of Something New

Well after a mad rush of buying equipment, testing and a false start due to illness, the first Podcast is now live!!

Graham and I have long been podcast fans with a wide range of podcasts we listen to.  When we decided we wanted to start a podcast we didn't have much of a plan of action other than, get the equipment, sit down and hit record.

Now that our first podcast is in the ether waiting to be downloaded, I have been thinking about where I would like this podcast to go, what sort of things I would like us to talk about, what sort of feel we want to create.

As many interests as Graham and I share there are just as many we don't share, but I think that is a good thing especially when it comes to creating a regular episodic look into our brains.  Graham is a massive MMA and Kickboxing fan, and  I have only a passing interest in that sort of thing.  I have a big interest in reading and listening to book and audio books.  We both love games and science fiction, films and TV.  

Over the next few months we will be refining and tweaking the format, direction and general feel of the podcast.  Our first episode was more of a test bed topic about something we both had a lot to say about and vested interest in, as the subject matter affects us both to varying degrees in our personal lives. Kind of lighting the touch paper and standing well back, seeing if we could hold a conversation for a given length of time, and have it make some kind of sense.  After listening back to the entire podcast all I can say is that the jury is still out on whether we achieved what we set out to do. The topic of the podcast was very heavy and involved and personally I don't feel i prepared enough ahead of time to concisely state the points I was trying to make without getting derailed by Graham playing "Devils Advocate" and stating views that weren't necessarily his own. That's something that graham likes to do when having an involved discussion, he likes to test peoples arguments and views by taking the opposite view and making you defend your own, it makes for very in depth discussion that often veers wildly from where it was meant to go. 

Eventually I hope to have more of a structure form within the podcast where instead of taking one subject and running with it, maybe having a few shorter segments and then one main topic that we discuss in detail, something that also interests me is the possibility of taking a satirical look into "celebrity" and reviewing the vastly strange happenings in the celebrity world.

Another plan in the pipeline is PodGuests. Graham has a few contacts in the UK MMA scene and hopes to bring a few interesting guests into our "studio" for a chat further down the line, something I am particularly looking forward to.

I guess what I am saying is that, yes our first podcast is up, we fell right in to the rabbit hole with the subject we chose, but it is by no means a style set in stone.  We are still working on it so please dont be put off!

We are aiming to post new podcasts every 2 weeks but I intend to Blog here about things that are going on and keep you up to date in between.

So keep checking back here for updates and upcoming subjects and follow us @TheBabblePod.  Follow me @ClumsyHero and Graham @graham_sayer.  Post comments here if you have any comments or questions or even ideas on what you would like to hear!



Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Babble Pod Podcast

Graham Sayer and Chris Webster discuss Politics benefit Cheats and big business finding legal ways of reducing their tax liabilities, if it is right or wrong and if there is too much emphasis/crackdown on the people at the bottom.

Check out this episode!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Studio

Our podcasting setup who knows from these humble beginings what will happen.

Everything had now arrived and we are ready to go we will keep everyone posted when we upload our first episode.

- Graham

Monday, 17 February 2014

Coming Soon! The Babble Pod : A British Expansion Of The Mind.

Hello and welcome to the brand spanking new home of The Babble Pod : A British Expansion Of The Mind!

The Babble Pod is a conversational podcast hosted by two guys from the north west of England about any and all topics.

Meet Your Hosts :

Graham "Butcha" Sayer

Graham was two times amateur world kickboxing champion (A.K.A & I.K.F) in his twenties before retiring from the sport in his early thirties (56 Wins and 0 defeats) due to being a bit of a wimp and  to save his good looks. Now a veritable family man he lives with his Wife (in the picture above) and Daughter (not in the picture above) and is making huge inroads in the Milk delivery industry and can be quoted as saying "Its milk, how f***ing hard can it be?"

Chris "Big Show" Webster

This hairy arsed ape of a man also grew up in the North West of England, is a father of three (soon to be four) and is a bit of an idiot.  Fancies himself as a musician and singist (his words) but in truth is a professional amateur of everything and self confessed disaster magnet. Evidence of this are broken coccyx and the rather large scars on his legs from a kite surfing misadventure that led to a double knee reconstruction and two years out of work.  Despite this his Weeble like personality saw him get back up and get on and is now trying his hand at more sedate hobbies like blogging and now podcasting.

The Babble Podcast.

The podcast is a little experiment in free form thinking and conversation, in each episode we will cover a series of subjects and just see where we end up, which is always a bad idea with us. Just fun and laughs and a couple of microphones.

We also hope to have a some interesting guests on the podcast, people we know and people we would like to know.

We will be invading your ears really soon so keep an eye out at here at www.TheBabblePod.com!

- Chris