I only went and got PAUL MCKENNA on my show!!! BBC WM with Grace Smith

I only went and secured Paul McKenna for the show!!!

This was a wonderful and, for me, unusually quick manifestation of a wish. (Lord, if you’re listening, more of that please and thank you). If you read my previous blog post, you’ll know that the first half of January led to serious Lockdown Blues and a mini existential crisis.

As I went for a walk to blow away the cobwebs, I listened to a couple of episodes of Paul McKenna’s Positivity Podcast on Get Motivated and Stop Comfort Eating, recommended to me by a good friend. You can tell my friend is a good one as her suggesting a podcast to me entitled ‘Stop Comfort Eating’ didn’t result in a (socially distanced) duffing up.

As I was walking I thought, “I wonder if Paul McKenna would come and talk about this on my upcoming show?”. I had small niggling thoughts like,

“He’s too busy”,

“I’m sure he only does Nationals”,

“Even if he did local stations, he wouldn’t come on my show – I’m new!”

Fortunately, I brushed those unhelpful, untrue thoughts aside and figured,

“There’s No Harm in Asking…”

“If you don’t ask, you don’t get,” is a phrase I love but struggle to adopt. Me and Shell (aforementioned ‘good friend’) interviewed Sally on our Life Begins Podcast (Series 1 Episode 9), who blew us away with her story of how she holidayed in Chamonix and loved it so much that she asked the chef for a job there. He said yes! Was she qualified? No. Could she speak French? No. But she ASKED and a fabulous opportunity was created. How many opportunities do we miss simply because we don’t ask?

Available wherever you listen to podcasts!


The dictionary definition of Audacity is ‘boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions’. Now I’m NOT encouraging reckless, anti-social, knobbish behaviour, but what if were all a little bit more bold or daring in asking for things? Rationally, what’s the worst that could happen? Someone says ‘no?’ No harm done, on to the next. I was bold enough to ask for Paul McKenna to come on my show. Not only did he agree to come on, he was blinking lovely and no doubt helped thousands of people during a really difficult time. Not a bad result, I’d say.

You can listen to the full show here. Oh, and GET ASKING! 🙂

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