Introduction to guest:
Craig Harper is one of Australia’s leading presenters, writers and educators on topics related to health, personal transformation and high-performance.
He has worked as an Exercise Scientist, Corporate Speaker and Consultant, University Lecturer, AFL Conditioning Coach, Radio Host, TV Presenter, Newspaper Columnist and successful Business Owner, as well as being the author of seven books and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology.
In this two-part episode, we explore the lessons Craig has learned during his 57 years on this planet.
See the show notes below for topics discussed.
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Key quotes and takeaways from the show:
Curiosity, drive and excitement can get you a long way, regardless of talent.
“The rate at which we age biologically is a little genetic and a lot to do with lifestyle (what we do to our body).”
Your biological age can be older or younger than your chronological age. A 50 year old can have the biological body of someone aged 70 or someone aged 30.
“You will learn much more in life than you will in a classroom, that’s not to say classrooms are bad.”
External self awareness is the ability to be able to understand how other people perceive, process and experience you.
“You can’t get better at anything that you are not consistently doing.”
“There’s a big difference between feeling like a fraud (imposter syndrome) and not trying. I’ve always felt I’m not good enough but I still try. If I fail, I fail.”
To grow, improve or evolve you must learn to accept failure, embarrassment, discomfort, uncertainty and loss, and to continue despite those things.
“Everyone is a white belt at the start and everyone gets the sh*t kicked out of them, literally or metaphorically.”
“You can’t become great without first being somewhere between terrible and mediocre. Nobody’s brilliant at something first time but there has to be a first time in order for any growth, improvement or evolution to transpire into something inspirational [like] skill, success, efficiency and proficiency. None of that happens without bravery, courage and rolling up your sleeves at the start.”
Understand your audience. Don’t assume people think like you.
Find your own voice. Develop your own philosophy. “Don’t be a Tony Robbins parrot.” Figure out what it is you want to share with people. Don’t just repeat what you have been taught or told, inject you into it. What do you know? Not, what have you been programmed, but what do you know yourself? What have you personally come to understand, appreciate and are aware of that you can share from a place of authentic, independent learning? that’s more powerful than… ‘I heard this idea, I’ve remembered it and now I’m sharing this idea which isn’t mine anyway.’ – If that’s the case, people will just go to the source of the information, they don’t need to hear it 15th hand from you.
A practical process for communicating:
What’s the idea (or message) you want to share?
What story do you have about that?
Why is this important (how does this help me)?
How do I implement it (put it into action)?
Getting uncomfortable is actually a positive thing, not a negative (for example, going to the gym).
“I found myself, thousands of times, trying to convince people of their own ability. It was their self-doubt, self-loathing, fear, anxiety and apprehension that was actually the problem, not their potential. They thought the limiting factor was their potential, genetics, intelligence, resources or time, but in my opinion and experience, most of the time that is not true, it was about something far more self-limiting on a personal level.”
No one has all the answers. There is no one way to do something.
People who don’t know you, don’t know what’s best for you.
A lot of “guru’s” empower themselves. As a coach you should want people to step into their own power.
Desired attributes for our children: courage, kindness, humour, the ability to learn, the ability to deal with failure, self-awareness.
Question of the day:
“If you could give 3 specific skills, qualities or attributes to your children, and these have to be specific, that they are just born with, what would they be?”
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- 00:00:00 – Coming up.
- 00:00:22 – Show overview.
- 00:01:08 – The impacts of lockdown.
- 00:04:32 – The psychology of aging.
- 00:09:16 – How to reduce biological age.
- 00:10:34 – Why start a PhD aged 55?
- 00:16:01 – Imposter syndrome.
- 00:18:54 – How to be a better communicator.
- 00:28:03 – Gaz’s “punch me in the face” list.
- 00:00:00 – Coming Up.
- 00:16:00 – Show overview.
- 00:01:34 – Purchases less than £100 that have positively impacted our lives.
- 00:04:35 – Unpopular beliefs & visions.
- 00:07:14 – Future technologies & robots.
- 00:11:04 – Craig’s unusual habits.
- 00:15:11 – Bad advice.
- 00:20:02 – Ideal qualities for children.
- 00:24:28 – Gaz & Shaun BJJ update.
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