CTC S0101 - Episode 01 - V1.4 HD.mp3
Gareth: [00:00:01] Welcome to the podcast. For men who are ready to lead their most expansive and courageous.
Matt: [00:00:06] Lives, thank you for joining us on this adventure where we'll be questioning old paradigms and architecting new ways to live, laugh and love.
Gareth: [00:00:14] I'm Gareth Pickering.
Matt: [00:00:16] And I'm Matt D'Arcy. We believe that your story could contain the key that unlocks someone else's healing. So we connect with humans from all walks of life as they share their journeys from chaos to courage.
Gareth: [00:00:31] So if you're ready to experience the ease and flow that come from living an expansive and well crafted life, you're in the right place. This is the Call to Courage podcast. The aim of episode number one of the Courage podcast is to just speak about our objectives and to share exactly what we hope to achieve by putting this podcast out into the world. And when Matt and I were talking about how exactly we wanted to do this, we decided to use a communication framework that we use for all the important conversations that we have. And it's called Fears and Desires. And quite simply, if you're having an important conversation with someone, the way that this framework works is that you talk about the desires, the reason that you want to have this conversation. And then up front you talk about some of the fears that you have before you have the conversation. And so we decided to use that framework for episode number one. And maybe, Matt, you want to start with some of your desires for our creation together.
Matt: [00:01:37] Yeah. Thank you. My first desire is really. I want to create a starting point where. Men who want to answer their own call to courage can start here. Go through the process of identifying it and finding a pathway for them to go and step into a more empowered, more courageous version of themselves. That's desire, number one. Desire. Number two is I want to answer my own call to courage that putting this type of work out there into the world is an edge for me. And I want to own that. And I want to I want to go out and do a great job doing this and putting this work out into the world and answer my own call to courage in that way. And my third desire is I want to use this as an opportunity to accelerate my my own knowledge acquisition and my own evolution curve. And I feel like this is a perfect opportunity for me to do that. Gareth What are some of your desires?
Gareth: [00:02:35] Like you. I want to create something meaningful that I can frame as a gift to the world. That also makes a difference for those that engage with our podcast and our community. I want to share some of the conversations and tools that have helped me on my healing journey over the past few years and support others that are in the same place that could be wrestling with some of those same challenges. Desire number three for me is to have the conversations that get our listeners to question the stories that they have running in their lives. And this comes from a version of me that recognizes the times that I've been the most stuck in my life. The most frustrated in the most amount of pain have been the times that I've been telling myself stories that haven't supported what I really wanted in my life. And my desire. Number four is to like, um, create a space where we can speak to other inspiring people and to record those conversations so that while you and I are developing and experiencing our own personal growth, recording those conversations and sharing them with the world support others that are on the same path as us. So next is fears. Matt, what are some of your concerns as we step into this new creation together?
Matt: [00:03:48] Well, I think my number one fear is the judgment of others. I. I find myself judging other people's content, and I don't necessarily like the idea of being the subject of other people's judgments. So I fear being made fun of I fear maybe putting a product out there that's that's not as good as as I would want it to be. Which leads into my second fear of doing something in our delivery or the topics that we discuss or whatever thing it might be. Our intro music that turns off the exact audience of men who I believe would benefit from this type of journey and this type of work. And my third fear is actually one that I feel myself getting over as we've prepped for this podcast. And that is the fear of vulnerability, the fear of getting real on a podcast and putting it out there on the world, in the world. And it now feels almost like a superpower for me. Like I feel empowered the more that I get in touch with my truth and own it in this way. So, yeah, those were my fears. Gareth, what's like with you?
Gareth: [00:04:58] My Fears. I recognize that there's something in the the journey of a creator or an artist that when you look back at your old work or your old creations, your initial creations, that you cringe when you notice how far you've come. And so as this is a new medium for us, I am speaking into the fear of. Being on episode number 500 and listening back to this episode and realizing how unpolished and how rookie we were. I have a fear about being wrong. It flows a little bit from the first fear where the world changes, how we see the world changes as we learn and grow. Some of the things that we're going to say in the earlier episodes are going to be wrong. And part of this is me just accepting that this is a learning journey for us as well. My third fear is the story about potentially upsetting people. Some of the topics that we're going to tackle, some of the conversations that I think are important to have are going to be polarizing. They're not going to necessarily land with people. And I have a fear about upsetting people as we go on this journey. I want to just quickly circle back to this idea of fears, and that is that our aim here is really not to try and solve these fears as we start this creation, but really just to speak into them and to name them so that they're out. And this is part of this process of naming your fears and desires before you get into a podcast. So, Matt, maybe you want to flow into why it is that we're creating a podcast.
Matt: [00:06:28] Yeah, absolutely. When we first started doing this work, we put out a lot of of our messaging and our videos out on Facebook and Instagram and social media. And the more that I engage with those platforms, the more I realize how noisy they are, how it's a bunch of different opinions being expressed that don't necessarily relate to each other. A lot of people talking past each other and the type of content and the type of transformations we want to facilitate through this podcast really are better done in an intimate environment where men can listen to what we have to say and internalize it without being distracted by social media. So that's why we're going podcasts and we're excited to really lean into and expand into this new medium. Do you have questions you'd like to ask our guests? Well, now you can. This conversation and future ones like it take place in our Private Telegram channel, where members can comment, ask questions and give feedback that actively shapes the conversation. To get access and contribute your unique voice go to call to courage, live and join our community. Okay, now back to the show. Gareth, why don't you discuss how we are different from other podcasts?
Gareth: [00:07:44] So while Matt and I have been behind the scenes for the last few months brainstorming exactly what this creation is going to look like, we noticed that a lot of the podcasts that we consume are pretty much a one way conversation. There's somebody listening and there's somebody speaking either a one way conversation, meaning the host is speaking directly or they're interviewing someone and the listener is just able to consume that content. And we found a way to be able to change that conversation by creating something called the call to carriage conversation. And this is a private telegram group that you can get access to by going to call to Courage Live. When you're inside that Telegram group, you'll notice that Matt and I are having a conversation inside the Telegram group, and we use that community to interview the people that we're going to be speaking to on this podcast. And instead of a podcast with an expert taking maybe 90 minutes to 2 hours, as is normal with a with an existing podcast, our conversations take place over a week to ten days where we go backwards and forwards using voice notes, speaking directly to the level of partners and the experts that we're engaging with. And the people inside our community have the ability to be able to ask questions, share their own stories, and actually shape the conversation that's taking place inside that group. And so one of the other features that come from having a conversation in this way is that Matt and myself and the people that we're engaging with inside the community are going to be sharing their voice while they're busy with their lives.
Gareth: [00:09:17] We've already started to shape some of these conversations, and some of our guests have been getting on a train. We've had conversations with Matt while he's been walking his kid in the morning. I've shared some stuff while I've been sitting on a beach in Mexico and. We want this conversation not to sound like the typical perfect audio polished podcast conversation that you have, but rather for it to be in a real and authentic expression of what exactly is happening in the world of the people that are making the contribution to this conversation as it happens. So I live in Guatemala. You're going to hear birds. You're going to hear my cats. Probably you're probably going to hear medicine sometimes in the background. He's got a newborn and we look at that as being a feature and not a bug. And so. I think to circle back, I want to just outline exactly that. Our aim with this podcast is really to identify you, our listener, to be able to identify your own call to courage, and to provide you with the tools and the guests and the support that you need to feel empowered to step into a more expansive and confident version of yourself. And Matt, maybe you want to just say how we plan to do that with the different types of episodes we're going to have.
Matt: [00:10:29] All right. So we're going to be going live in this podcast once a week and we're going to have three types of of episodes when we start out. First is going to be something we call level up partners. These are individuals who are really at the top of their game in a specific area. We're going to bring them on the podcast. We're going to ask them questions and we're going to extract the relevant information so that you are listening. Audience can level up your own life with the knowledge that they share. The second episode is something we call micro dose installs, and these are things that you can install in your life right away. Maybe it's a morning routine, maybe it's a writing exercise, maybe it's a piece of technology that you can put on your phone. The idea behind these micro dose exercises is they're quick, they're to the point, and they are going to have immediate impact in your life. And in addition, these installs are going to build upon each other. So if you're if you're wanting to level up your life in a specific area, you can go grab a micro dose episode and do so in the order that it comes. That's the design behind the micro dose installs. And the third is going to be bringing on someone from our community, dissecting their specific journey in their own life around identifying their call to courage and talking about the specific ways that they're expanding the the wins that they're having, the tools that they're using specific to their life so that we can all gain knowledge from other people's experiences.
Gareth: [00:11:59] That's an outline of exactly how we see this podcast unfolding, and we've called Season one our first 12 episodes planting seeds and much like planting seeds in real life. We recognize that some of what we're. Planning. Again, some of the ideas that we have need to be taken in faith. We really need to take this first step in faith. Our plans are only going to get us so far and so there may be changes to this format. We may have more episode tops than what Matt's outlined above, but this is our starting point, and I want to say a huge thank you for being part of this journey with us. If you've been part of the more perfect day's work that's been out in the world over the last four years, thank you for being with us through that. And we're excited to step into this new version of the Call to Courage podcast, which is a father sons brothers production. If you want to be involved in shaping this conversation and engaging with some of our guests before they come on the podcast, the conversation has already started at Cult of Courage Live. Get in there and join our Telegram group, and thanks for being part of this journey with us. Matt It's an honor to be co-creating with you, bro, and I cannot wait to see what season one brings.
Matt: [00:13:10] I'm excited, brother. Let's go get it. See you guys on the inside.
Gareth: [00:13:13] Chow.