5 reasons why I love the biggest loser USA

 

I hope you enjoyed that, it was a clip from one of my favorite contestants- Danni. Danni won the biggest loser USA in season 14.

I know the program is controversial. There are press reports around drastic weight practices.

Regardless how you might feel about the weight loss approach, at the broadest level I see the programme as a vivid example of transformational change.

I think it highlights five key elements of any successful transformation:

 

  1. Acknowledging that something needs to change

 

  1. Making an internal decision to behave differently

 

  1. Making a commitment to take action

 

  1. Learning to deal with setbacks and maintain momentum

 

  1. Develop a system to sustain change long-term

 

What are your thoughts and, how do you big change successfully? Leave me a  comments bellow…

It’s all energy baby!

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Earlier this year, I saw Gabby Bernstein live at the 2016 London Lecture. It was an opportunity that popped up on my twitter feed last minute. It was amazing.  A three hour talk on the joys and challenges of #living your best life.

One of things that struck me was the theme energy.  It strated  when she walked into the room. No joke, the minute she got on stage the energy heightened  by ten notches.

As I listened to her talk, and the Q and A section, energy as a them kept coming up again and again. Particularly, when discussing issues related to change and transformation. That  got me thinking about how important my energy is, in fact, its all energy baby! Some things I am going to commit to doing:

  1. Project positive energy consistently
  2. Protect my energy from those that zap me
  3. Restore my energy and take care of it

How has managing your energy worked for you?

 

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Your More Beautiful than you think

 

 

On this second post on the inner critic, I will pivot. I  want you to look at your very own inner beauty. How does the world look,  feel and sound, if you owned your internal beauty?

 

How would you feel, how would do you connect to others, what does your future look like? Did you get a bigger dream, or bigger ideas for yourself, for others around you?

 

Try it on for size. Right now. Find a quite space, and connect to what is beautiful, strong and courageous about yourself. List them out and think about what your wrote. Now, think about what your goals are for 2016. How does your News Year resolution list look like  now?

 

I encourage you wholeheartedly to view 2016 through this new perspective. Let me know how you get on in the comments box below.

 

I encourage you wholeheartedly to view 2016 through this new perspective. Let me know how you get on in the comments box below.

 

Enjoy

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Inspiring Events, Part 3

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My  third and final instalment on inspiring events is the Stylist live,the first of its kind for the London based magazine.
An absolutely fabulous day for friends or, equally a bit of me time. The event was billed as ‘a  four-day festival of cocktails, culture, catwalks and conversation‘ hosted by Edith Bowman and Dawn O’Porter.

The energy was fun, uplifting and defiantly inspiring. Highlights included  38 Learning labs, Catwalk shows showcasing this seasons must haves, the inspire stage with  the likes of Lisa Eldridge and of course shopping with100 boutique stalls. Key lessons from the day for me where

  • Know your value
  • Be confident
  • Feel good

More details and highlights can be found below:

http://live.stylist.co.uk/

Inspiring Events, Part 2

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This is the second of three instalments of my inspiring events series this month.  It was a coaching network event by London Coaches. I was pleasantly surprised and wanted to share some of the ideas in the hope you would find it useful.

The trainer asked us to think about the stories we play out on our lives, the:

  • Characters
  • Location
  • Genres
  • Plot lines

He asked one powerful question: Would changing one of the above elements get you
better outcome/story?

For example,  do you play the warrior at work but nothing works, everyone is screaming -a horror story. The trainer suggested instead using the character of jester to see if this changes up the energy and gets better outcomes, the story you want. That is slaying the dragon/reaching work goal via humour.

My take away was to be mindful of the narratives we have about ourselves and situations and not to get locked into stories that don’t service you- be flexible. You are the director.

Try it!

Enjoy!

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Inspiring Events, Part 1

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This is the first of three posts on inspiring events I attended recently. TEDx Brixton is a very special event to me and dear to my heart as I was involved in the founding two events.

This event is curated by a fabulous leader and woman, who has become a friend. In this third instalment, TEDx Brixton has expanded and became bigger and better. Live stream was provided at venues around Brixton.

Amazing stories where shared. The speaker that stood out for me was that of the Muslim Trans who talked about his journey of courage.   What happens in between talks is equally as powerful, conversations, new found friends, old found friends and of course thinking. Videos will be uploaded soon here if you missed it: http://tedxbrixton.com/

Get to one near you! You can find out more here: http://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program

Enjoy!

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Back with a glow- reflections on Italy

As we head into the stunning Autumn season, I have a glow. I’m just back from Italy.  I had tour around some of Italy’s stunning food and wine regions. I went through Bologna, Siena, Parma, Montalcino and back to Bologna. I’m looking forward to this beautiful season, as the leaves turn there Autumnal colours. Autumn is also significant, as it signals that the last few months of the calendar year are upon us. How many of my 2015 goals have I achieved?  How are you getting on? Let me know in the comments box bleow. Enjoy the pics!

 

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Centred Leadership

This is a great video on  how remarkable women lead from Joanna Barsh. I found this clip and the whole body of work very inspiring. I believe leadership happens at all levels- this video is relevant to you wherever you are in your career.

I came across this video through the work of Sheryl Sandberg the founder of the lean in movement. I’ve talked lot about lean in,  in previous posts and, have run a lean in circle myself. I’m an advocate.

Once you have a look at this overview video, I highly recommend that you take the time to look at the whole series  – there are 7 videos: http://leanin.org/education/.

If you’re not already joined up to a circle this might be a great time to join.

Enjoy!

How to lead yourself first

This is a great video about dealing with resistance to change, from elite athlete coach Tod Herman.

Tod is a Sport Psychology consultant to Professional and Olympic athletes.

In this video, Tod and Marie explore growth, confidence and adventurer. Tod offers 5 clear steps to successful change:

1. Get clear on what you want to achieve
2. Set trigger goals that lead to you tacking action
3. Set micro goals where you can track improvement
4. Have a support team around you
5. Plan how you will deal with challenges ahead of time.
Know what to do when things are not going well!