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I’m fascinated by behaviour and the drivers behind our decision making in our business and personal life. So I’m just a little bit excited that I get to spend my days working with Leaders, Aspiring Leaders and Businesses Big & Small, to develop a mindset to improve performance.

But how did I get to this point?

If I had to pinpoint the first time I consciously thought about stepping out of my comfort zone and being courageous, it was an invitation to go skiing. An acquaintance was working for a tour company that was organising a trip to the snow. A bunch of us said we’d go but in the end only myself and a friend went. I had a great time and when the next opportunity to go skiing came up, I wanted to go but none of my friends were interested. It was at that moment – at the age of 18 – that I realised that if I waited for someone else to come and join me in doing something, I might be waiting for a very, very long time. So rather than miss out on life, I decided that if I wanted to do something, I’d have to be OK doing it on my own. Turns out I was more fearful of missing out on the adventure than I was of not having anyone to enjoy it with.

That one little decision was the start of me living my dreams (sounds corny but read on and you’ll see what I mean).

Looking back, even before I’d heard about mindset and its benefits in driving behaviour leading to long term sustainable results, I realise I’d been using mindset techniques since I was in my early 20’s. I’m a competitive soul and I wanted to ensure I gave the best performance I could when competing. Visualising – as it was called then, but is now called future pacing – was the technique I used. I heard of the concept while watching a sports program; it sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a try it. Going home on the train in the evenings, I’d put on music, relax and then create a little movie in my head of myself putting in the performance I needed to excel in my sport. I did this religiously for at least 6 weeks before a major competition. And it worked because on comp day, I was in “the zone”. My mind was focused, I knew the behaviour that was required to obtain the performance I needed to win and I was able to block out everything else. And I got the results I wanted and had worked for. And the side benefit? I could replicate the technique to attain goals in my business and personal life.

And it became a habit

Today, this mindset and behaviour is referred to as “Self Leadership”. But back then, it was just a way that helped me get where I wanted to go. I’ve refined it over the years but the basic principles still underpin the way I live my life.

Having a positive Mindset has taken me around the world, living in some of the world’s most beautiful cities, studying at one of the top business school in the Asia Pacific region, working for some great companies and people, and leading some amazing cross cultural teams on projects that enabled me to make a contribution that benefitted more than just the bottom line. I didn’t consciously plan it. I just kept taking a step towards something that I either wanted or needed to do. At times it was scary and there were times I doubted myself and was more concerned about what others might think.

Having the right mindset continues to enable me to push my own personal boundaries so I continue to grow and develop as a person. I think it will for you too!


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