Final Episode

Self-Awareness 101 Episode 52: Final Episode

After one year the time has come for the final episode of Self-Awareness 101. Willard shares some distinctions, closing thoughts and discusses what is still to come on the site.

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It’s Self-Awareness 101 The Final Episode

Have you ever had an experience, that you started out, you really had no clear idea of where you were going, or what was going to happen along the way? And then sometime later you look back and see that it was an amazing experience that was filled with growth, laughter, and just affected you in a very deep way? That has been my experience with Self-Awareness 101.

A little over a year ago Jerry and I sat down to have a conversation that was based on an idea that I had about wanting to make a contribution through to people through the Internet. I had learned that Jerry had gotten into film making and it had become his passion and when I shared with him what I was looking to do, he said he would love to be involved. We started out with this “simple” idea which was to create 52 episodes of a program that would be released on the Internet and it would focus on skills, strategies and ideas for people who were just beginning their journey of self-awareness. We had no idea of what to expect response-wise. We had no idea of what to expect in regard to the kind of content we were going to present. And I have to say as we come to the final episode, if I were to answer the question I asked at the start of this episode, it has been one hell of a journey in a lot of amazing ways.

I want to use this final episode as a way to express my gratitude to you, the viewers of SA 101. There is something that a speaker who I greatly respect uses to end every one of his presentations. His name is Joseph McClendon III and he works with Tony Robbins and leads part of Tony's Unlimited Power weekends. Every time I have seen Joseph speak, when he finishes he says, "I thank you, I appreciate you and I love you" and he stresses the point that I also believe which is that I don't think enough people hear those phrases enough in their lives. So I also want so say to all of you, I thank you, I appreciate you and I love you

I've had the joy of growing as a person this past year. Growth came for many reasons, but the bottom line was I needed to grow because of my commitment to deliver videos on a weekly basis to you. I had to grow to explore new ways of sharing information that you may have heard in the past, I had to grow by sharing things I have not shared before, and I had to grow because this was a totally new medium for me as a presenter. I thank you for giving me that opportunity for growth. And I thank you for even watching them and giving us a chance. I thank you for your feedback. I thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to listen t what I have to share. I believe there is a lot of stuff that is going on in your life, and to sit down and spend ten minutes watching a video, that is an investment of your time that you could have used for something else and I honor you for giving me the opportunity to deliver something of value to you, I appreciate that trust.

I appreciate that you have trusted me enough to allow me to share these things with you that may have sometimes conflicted with your current ideas. I don’t expect that you will always agree, but I appreciate the opportunity to offer my perception. I appreciate that some of you have come back week after week. I appreciate those who have shared with me that you are not looking forward to this final episode and Self-Awareness 101 coming to an end. And I truly appreciate your feedback, your questions, the emails, the chats that I've had with instant messenger services because they have really contributed to my personal growth in this journey.

And the last one, I know may sound a little corny, but it is true; I love you.

We may have never communicated one on one, but I believe that if you are watching these videos, that we are on a journey that affects each other. There is a connection, universally. Because you are striving to improve yourself you are also contributing to my growth and I honor you for that. I love you for your contribution to me, to others around you and to genuinely making a difference.

As we get ready to wrap up this final episode, something that people have asked us is if we were going to release Self-Awareness 101 on a DVD. Although I am honored by the request, I will say that is probably not going to happen. One of the main reasons is because there is over six hours worth of material. That is pretty much the same as watching 3 feature length films. Another thing that people were surprised to learn as they asked questions about the final episode was that many people were not aware of the behind the scenes work that went into creating that 6 hours worth of content. Jerry and I have usually started setting up to begin filming around 9 in the evening and then filmed from midnight until 6 o’clock in the morning. We were filming in the community areas of the apartment building I live in and we needed to do it when we were not interfering with other people who lived there.

People have also asked based on the last video that we did about the benefits of closure, what were some of the benefits I became aware of. I have to say that this past year the journey of my own growth has really taken on a whole new meaning and my depth of friendship with Jerry has grown much deeper because of how we needed to be communicating while he and I were filming these. Those conversations helped me to learned a lot about myself. I have learned things about myself as a person, as a speaker, as a father, a son and a friend. I have learned about my abilities and about my limitations. There is also so much we've learned about what we want to do in respect to videos that we create and the content that we will be creating from here on out.

This is the final episode of the series Self-Awareness 101. This specific series is coming to an end, but our desire to connect with you, to share information with you and create a community is not. We are going to continue to create new videos but we're not going to limit ourselves by “boxing” them into a specific series “topic”. We also have learned that we want to make videos that when you watch, it really impacts you. Not just you sitting there watching me talk, but videos that will be a visual experience. We are really having a lot of discussion on how we're going to make those things happen.

We're also talking about creating audio podcasts that will allow me to speak longer on topics than the video format and that will allow you to take them with you in your car or on your iPod instead of being locked in front of your computer to watch a video.

It has been your involvement that has made all of this possible. Through your involvement, you are assisting me in my growth and in my own level of awareness. So I want to thank you for that.

Again this is the final episode of Self-Awareness 101, but this journey has just begun. I look forward to your continued feedback, to your continued support. I invite to you to become a part of our forums and join the community. It is your involvement that helps us shape this site and determine where our future content and projects will go.

I thank you. I appreciate you. I love you. Take Care. 

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Self-Awareness 101 Series with Transcription Plus

Introduction To Self-Awareness 101:  To Inspire, Educate and Empower
SA 101 Episode 1:  The Importance of Developing Self-Awareness 
SA 101 Episode 2:  How to Truly Learn from Mistakes
SA 101 Episode 3:  To Soar, I Needed To Let Go Of The Past
SA 101 Episode 4:  The Meaning That We Give Things
SA 101 Episode 5:  Kind Words And Good Deeds Are Eternal
SA 101 Episode 6:  Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone
SA 101 Episode 7:  Two Most Powerful Words You'll Ever Say
SA 101 Episode 8:  Making Time For What's Truly Important
SA 101 Episode 9:  Expectations and Desires About How It Ought To Be
SA 101 Episode 10:  Tap Into The Sources Of The Universe
SA 101 Episode 11:  The Four Agreements
SA 101 Episode 12:  Courage-Being Scared But Saddling Up Anyways
SA 101 Episode 13:  The Power Of Belief Systems
SA 101 Episode 14:  Change Is Inevitable, Growth Is Optional
SA 101 Episode 15:  You Always Have Choices, It's OK To Say No
SA 101 Episode 16:  Encountering External Resistance To Change
SA 101 Episode 17:  Creating A Supportive Environment
SA 101 Episode 18:  Our Decisions Determine Who We Become
SA 101 Episode 19:  Questions To Ask When You Overcome An Obstacle
SA 101 Episode 20:  A List Of Excuses Vs. Results
SA 101 Episode 21:  The Meaning Of Honesty
SA 101 Episode 22:  Living In Gratitude
SA 101 Episode 23:  Repetitive Patterns
SA 101 Episode 24:  Non-Verbal Cues
SA 101 Episode 25:  Be Brave Enough To Accept The Help Of Others
SA 101 Episode 26:  Positive Thoughts And Positive Intentions
SA 101 Episode 27:  Active Listening Skills
SA 101 Episode 28:  How Self-Awareness Relates To Spirituality
SA 101 Episode 29:  Positive Affirmations
SA 101 Episode 30:  Basic Meditation Exercises
SA 101 Episode 31:  Personal Development At Work
SA 101 Episode 32:  Toxic Shame
SA 101 Episode 33:  Eliminating Clutter
SA 101 Episode 34:  How To Forgive Others
SA 101 Episode 35:  Self-Forgiveness
SA 101 Episode 36:  Deepening Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 37:  What Is Fear?
SA 101 Episode 38:  How To Overcome Fear
SA 101 Episode 39:  Dealing With Your Anger
SA 101 Episode 40:  How To Find Your Passion
SA 101 Episode 41:  Increasing Your Self-Awareness
SA 101 Episode 42:  How To Feel Deserving
SA 101 Episode 43:  How To Be A Humble Observer
SA 101 Episode 44:  Progress Not Perfection
SA 101 Episode 45:  Expectations and Perfectionism
SA 101 Episode 46:  Dealing With Anger
SA 101 Episode 47:  Taking Responsibility For Yourself
SA 101 Episode 48:  Achieving Higher Consciousness
SA 101 Episode 49:  Trust Life
SA 101 Episode 50:  Being Skeptical
SA 101 Episode 51:  Benefits of Closure
SA 101 Episode 52:  The Final Episode 

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