Taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend, everybody is welcome to join me on the sponsored Solidarity Walk or, to help raise money for vital Covid-19 funds in South Africa.
The goal is to collectively clock up 2,414 miles - the distance from Cape Town to Beitbridge, on the border with Zimbabwe, and back again - raising awareness and money for The Solidarity Fund, which provides essential food parcels and medical supplies for those impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in SA.
The South African Chamber of Commerce UK has assembled a great team with Lucas Redebe, Andre Snyman and Francios Pienaar all joining in.
You can clock up the miles with me or donate through my JustGiving page below. Any donation or showing of support is greatly appreciated, no matter how small - it goes a long way. Thank you!
Listen live to my interview with Steve Twynham on Inspire Radio at 6:10pm today.
Steve was inspired to transition to optimism by his Dad’s daily negative narrative. It motivated him to discover his daily dosage of enthusiasm and to create Inspire Radio – now with listeners in over 28 countries.
My Dad made an assumption about my narrative and mindset whilst watching me squander a huge lead in a tennis match. From that moment, I decided that I wasn’t going to accept those version of events. I realised you can create your own narrative and decide which memories to hang on to.
Tune in at 6:10pm today to hear my stories and how I have evolved from player, coach, to executive coach.
To listen to live interview follow: Inspire Radio
How do we change strongly ingrained habits, practiced over a life time? The auto-pilot efficiency of habits creates a shortcut from stimulus to response, without conscious thought. This saves time and effort, but it complicates transformation.
Achieving change if the behaviour is well practiced and the person is quite rigid in approach can be problematic. We have to understand why we make choices and become motivated to change, to increase our chances of successful transformation.
Self-management is a learnable skill and the process is almost identical to how you would change the technique of a particular stroke in tennis.
Last week I filmed a tennis client with a faulty backswing - watching his own swing clearly revealed his mistake. This revelation lead to greater self-awareness and motivation towards change. Only focused, sustained and repetitive practice will help him to adapt the swing through forming new neural pathways.
Similarly, the leader in this article will have to devise a consistent plan to alter his habitual behaviour of speaking too much at meetings.
Have you ever changed unwanted habits successfully?
Link to full Harvard Business Review article: How to Move from Self-Awareness to Self-Improvement