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Finish Line

Everywhere I go and everyone I meet have expressed a common desire…”can 2020 come to an end please”. I buy into this and I get it because this year has been difficult and taxing on many levels. People have had so many misfortunes this year; they have lost their loved ones and in some cases their jobs.

I have also noticed how everyone; notwithstanding the way things were in 2020; are still doing a lot to get to tick a few boxes before 2020 ends. Everyone whilst saying one thing; isn’t it amazing that we also seem to be acting differently? We are winding down 2020 and yet we are gearing up to start 2021 with a bang. Incredible stuff!!!!!

I guess athletes understand this apparent contradiction as often times many athletes often accelerate towards the end. I sometimes wonder why is that the case. I am not an athlete but I guess how you finish a race matters. The start is good to set the pace; in the middle of the race we probably run outof steam and keep at it when the temptation to quit is so compelling and if we do that suddenly towards the end we suddenly get a second wave of energy and race to the finish line as if our life depended on it.

For me a few things need to be in place to run a good race:

  • Clarity….this is “understanding your why” and knowing why you joined the race in the first place. Being clear on why the run or why you do what you do helps to propel you forward when you are faced with a possible defeat and therefore a possibility to throw in the towel.
  • Resilience….. This is the ability to continue and just put one foot in front of the other. This is the stuff that distinguishes champions and successful people from the average because they possess the grit; resolve and attitude to rise again and keep pushing notwithstanding the odds. They possess a “Can do attitude”
  • Preparation and planning….this includes the time spent in training for the race; practicing your drills and getting ready for the big day. Have you ever listened to athletes victory speech? ….They always refer to the hard work they put in before the race; the time they put beforehand. Mental and physical preparation is the key ingredient to success….because on the day of the race a few factors count however if you know that you have run the distance a number of times and consistently finished it within your set time….then you know you can do it on the day.
  • Support….again all athletes on the podium always thank the coach; the support team and their families for supporting them through the journey and helping them overcome the personal obstacles that they faced in the lead up to the race. Let’s be realistic this is life and stuff happens. I hold the view that everyone needs a support team that encourages them when they have lost self belief; hold them accountable to their goals and join them in celebrating their victory as if it’s their own.

At the upcoming Visioning Workshops I explore these concepts and bring my tools and experience of over 10 years to help set the foundation for a successful 2021 and beyond. These are online workshops that I am hosting on the 5th and 12th December 2020. If you are interested contact us at 012 998 7337 or info@zenandeleadership.com.

Lovingly

Pam the coach

The Future is Female

The ascendency of women to the highest office is not a regular occurrence. What we saw in the last few days is a rare occurrence and we need pause for a moment and allow it to sink in.  The struggle for women’s emancipation is a long one and has many twists and turns.

We have made some gains in a few countries and women have done a sterling  job on many fronts.  There is still much more to be done and  in Kamala Harris’s words…”I may be the first but I certainly am not the last.” These words encourage us to do more and ensure that the door is  left wide open for many deserving sisters to ascend to positions of authority and embrace others as they occupy these positions.  The notion of ‘Lift as you rise” is important now more than ever.

Women continue to show their mettle and play their part in moving society forward.  Jacinda Ardern (New Zealand) showed the world that as Prime Minister she could lead the charge in fighting the CoVid-19 pandemic and let’s face it she did a sterling job whilst leading from the front. We also need to acknowledge the role of women leaders in the African continent like Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Sahle-Work Zewde who continue to pioneer change in often difficult circumstances.

These women’s journey’s are incredible and all started with a young girl’s dream.  To have a dream is important; staying the course for its attainment requires grit and resilience.  In addition you need to be clear on what you want and more importantly what will you do to realise it.  It requires putting one foot in front of the other whilst being clear of your destination.

How does one obtain clarity?   How do you stay the course?  I have decided to host the Visioning Workshops online on the 5th and the 12th of December( choose one). At these workshops I share my over than 10 years executive experience and apply a 5 step Visioning process.  Book yourself a front row seat so that you journey with others and use Pamthecoach’s experience to shake off 2020 ; reenergize; restore and recalibrate towards a more productive 2021.

Yes I said it…a productive 2021 as it can be it can be gloomy if you have no plan.  I am a strong believer that we live in a world that darkness does not last forever and that there has to be light.  I believe there is a day and a night and troubles don’t last forever.  The question arises are you ready?  Do you know how to set the reset button?  More importantly do you know how you are going to shake off this year and begin the New Year with clarity?  Remember there is clarity in action and you do not want to be caught unaware or napping.

“Create the highest; grandest vision possible for your life; because you become what you believe” – Oprah

If you are interested, please give us a ring on +27 12 998 7337 or email us at info@zenandeleadership.com 

Yours Lovingly

Pam The Coach

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