Posted by on February 14, 2018 | 1 comment

The Real Reason You’re Burnt Out

Burnout has reached pandemic proportions in the world of work. Record numbers of employees, business owners and professionals are succumbing to feelings of exhaustion, anxiety and disillusionment, and countless hours of productivity are lost each year due to illnesses related to burnout. What’s going on? Why has all the progress we’ve made in the way we live and work not translated into less stress and greater well-being? Extensive research has been done into the field of burnout, most notably by Prof Christina Maslach who developed the widely used Maslach Burnout Inventory. The causes, indicators and ameliorators of burnout have been widely studied. Yet, despite all that we know, we are continuing to work ourselves into the ground. My theory is that we are burnt out because we are trying to fill a void. How often have you worked hard towards a goal, achieved it and then wondered what all the fuss was about? Do you ever feel as if you’ve ticked so many of the right boxes, but something...

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Posted by on February 2, 2018 | 3 comments

5 Fun Ways to Start Playing Big

You’re destined for greatness. You can feel it! But, instead of playing big, all too often you hold yourself back and hide. What’s it going to take for you to start playing big? The experts will tell you that the best way to get good at something is to practise. So, if you want to “get good” at playing big and stepping into your greatness, your best bet is to start practising! The trouble is: where to start? Many people get themselves in a pickle because they try practising when it counts. For example, they’ll psych themselves up for the important company presentation, or puff themselves up before a sales conversation with a prospective client. Of course this is where playing big counts. But it’s not the ideal environment for practising playing being. Wouldn’t it be easier to practise where it doesn’t matter how you do? Aren’t you more likely to build your “big” muscle by starting with the outcomes that make no difference at all? Give yourself a...

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Posted by on January 18, 2018 | 0 comments

The Power of Changing Your Mind

Prof. Tim Noakes has been a leading light in the field of sports science in South Africa and internationally for decades. His work has earned him numerous awards and accolades in the discipline of exercise physiology. Many have turned to his expertise in their efforts to enhance their athletic performance. It therefore came as a shock to many people – including those in the scientific community – when he did an about turn on his earlier views regarding carbo-loading and the value of carbohydrates in health and performance. The knives came out. “Irresponsible”. “Disgrace”. “Charlatan”. Some even accused him of quackery and pseudoscience. All because he changed his mind. I have no opinion either way in the carbohydrate vs. low-carb-high-fat debate. But I can say this: the man is brave! It’s not easy to go against so much of what you previously believed and advocated. It takes courage to change your mind in such a public manner. Do you have fixed beliefs about a particular topic? If new information...

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Posted by on December 6, 2017 | 1 comment

Don’t Believe the Lies You Tell Yourself

Your stories aren’t “the truth”. None of our stories are. They are merely the way we’ve chosen to interpret the events and experiences of our lives. Here’s one of mine. When I was in kindergarten my classmates and I would often sing songs as a group, led by one of our teachers. I was six-years-old, full of beans, and never missed an opportunity for good ol’ self-expression. On this particular occasion, I closed my eyes as the singing began. The song was one of my favourites, and I belted out the tune with the rest of my classmates. My six-year-old self was having a blast, loving every minute of the performance! Then I noticed that something seemed odd. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something had definitely shifted. Gingerly, I opened my eyes, and to my horror I saw that everyone had stopped singing. Instead they were all staring at me as if I’d lost my marbles! I got a scolding from the teacher for singing so loudly,...

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Posted by on November 29, 2017 | 0 comments

7 Strategies to Cultivate Self-mastery

Every day I get up and face my demons. They are the ones who whisper, “That’s a rubbish idea.” “Who cares what you think!” “Who do you think you are?” It’s an incessant chorus that aims to keep me from showing up fully as myself and doing the work I am here to do. We all have them, these inner demons. Success depends on our willingness to face them head-on and to master ourselves so that we transcend the forces that are working to hold us back. Self-mastery is often thought of as self-control, the ability to use personal will to avoid the temptations that threaten to derail you. While self-control is part of it, self-mastery is more than that. It is founded on an unwavering faith that it is within your capacity to envision possibilities for your life and to achieve them. So, how do you cultivate self-mastery? Here are 7 principles to put into practice: Know yourself. Who are you? What do you want? What makes you...

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