Podcasting Word of the Week: Grounding

Happy (belated) Groundhog’s Day! For those of us in the United States, we look at this day as an indication of the next few weeks ahead. Except that we’re depending on an animal seeing his shadow to predict this. Luckily, with the future of your podcast, you don’t need an animal’s shadow to predict that.

This week’s word is GROUNDING.

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Last week, we talked about courage in podcasting and the week before that, we talked about dreaming, but this week, I want you to focus on grounding yourself.

Plenty of podcasters have dollar signs in their eyes when they begin their podcast. They focus on making money before working on the content. This week, I want you to focus a bit on your show right now, how it is in this exact moment.

Release any anxiety or expectations of your show, just for a little while. It’s important to take a moment every now and then to stop the hustle and look at where you are so you can keep all those dreams in perspective.

One of the biggest sessions I see at podcasting conventions is tips about creating a harmonic work-life-podcast balance, and now may be the week to make sure your podcast bubble isn’t impeding too much of your life bubble.

Some things to think about:

  • How are you? (Physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.)

  • Are you making enough time for your family and those you love?

  • Are you spending too much time focusing on expectations you have for your podcast instead of giving yourself a chance to simply practice the craft of podcasting?

  • Is there anything you feel has been neglected when it comes to your show?

  • What do you do when you get an idea but cannot act on it in this moment because you have to focus on something else?

  • Have you taken time to just be?

It’s been my experience that many podcasters are idea people. In fact, many make that first podcast, and all of a sudden, the world seems full of ideas just perfect to make a second or third (or 20th) podcast about.

When you’re chasing ideas, it means you’re not taking time to focus on just one to see it through to completion. This is the week to assess where your podcast is and if it’s on the path you want it to be on.

Grounding your thoughts and ideas allows you to live in the present. The past can’t be changed, but it is something to acknowledge and learn from. The future holds so many possibilities, we could drive ourselves batty trying to anticipate them all. Grounding yourself in the present helps you focus on what you need to do today, in this moment, that will help move you toward the future you want.

Grounding can get a little “woo.” Personally, I love using a guided grounding meditation (like this one) to help me. But you can simply sit down and let go of expectations and try to just be for a few minutes (seriously, sometimes a few minutes is all you need). Or you can journal about where you are right now.

We live in a world where sometimes the only time we think about the present is when we’re experiencing FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) when we see pictures of fun things we wish we were doing. We look forward to the future when we can take part in these fun things and work so hard for this future that we sometimes forget to focus on what we’re actually missing out on that’s right in front of us.

So don’t forget to take a few moments and focus on the right now. Happy grounding, podcasters!

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