Obstacle Course

Round Table: Are You Paying Attention?

Episode Summary

For our 52nd episode, we brought back 3 guests for a varied yet fascinating Round-table discussion on Attention. We live in a world of distraction and unless we know our values and are mindfully aware of those things crying out for our attention, we will continue to be tossed around, anxious and unproductive. More importantly, we'll miss out on quality time with the ones we love. This! Is Obstacle Course. Let's Pay Attention!

Episode Notes

Well done Sarah! We're loving the Roundtables. If you missed the first one, check it out here! 

For this conversation, we brought back three great guests! Wade Smith, Maeve Maguire and Mike Reilly! 

Wade Smith

Suffering comes from trying to control an uncontrollable world and being attached to an outcome.

Don't ask, "What's the worst that can happen?" Ask.. "What's the best possible thing that can happen?" 

If you're unclear about the big picture, it's easy to get distracted and lose your attention.

"When I compromise my values, I'm out of integrity." WS

Your values are a light that you can follow. Look out for the equal and opposite darkness.

Maeve Maguire

Maeve likes comedians. I guess that's why she likes us.

Our kids are watching what we do more than they are listening to what we say.

Are cell phones the new smoking?

We're not even interested in the distractions.

Maeve's favourite time of the day is when the phones are put away and she can just be with her partner and kids.

For the record, Maeve has 4 working limbs but 3 arms.. hmmm.

Maeve was addicted to the flip phone. It doesn't take much...

"That's my bird clock in the background..." :) Maeve Maguire

Here's how to use the Do Not Disturb 

Practice mindfulness with your phone. Get curious about your habits. 

John struggled to say, "that's hugely valuable.." But it is. :) 

Mike Reilly

First 3 time guest... Mr. Mike Reilly!!

Ask yourself, what's the one thing I NEED to get done today. Then Prioritize. And accept those things that won't get done. In order to do this, we need to learn to say no.

Benjamin Franklin's legendary questions to bookend the day...

"What good shall I do today?" "What good did I do today?"

Peter McCoppin's great questions! What went well today? What was challenging today? What are my opportunities for tomorrow?  Peter appeared on episode 34. Check it out! 

Mike's mind warfare is so perfectly human. It's important to discern the ego's voice. We don't have to do what we've always done especially if it's not serving us well.

The Ego is crafty. It can sound wise but it may be selfish or irresponsible. It's important to be mindful with our thoughts and actions. 

Mindfulness meditation is key to identifying thoughts. Rather then resisting them we simply see them, name them and move on.


"That's a plan. That's a hope. That's a wish. That's a memory. That's a fear."

If you continue to do what you've always done, you'll continue to get what you've always had.

"You have the best questions in the business." Mike Reilly :) Thanks Mike!!