Adapted from “Are your beliefs limiting your effectiveness?”, published in our September newsletter.
Most human behaviour is dictated by our opinions and beliefs about the world. If we don’t examine and test them, we can end up becoming impotent, angry and depressed. In the sustainability game and especially in the media, one limiting belief I come across repeatedly is that “Sustainability requires government action.”
“High class communicators take the responsibility to interpret the understanding of their audience in order to be understood the way they want to be understood.” Alan Sieler – Newfield Institute.
I resat Newfield Institute’s 3-day Ontological Coaching In Action workshop last week. Ontological Coaching is an ongoing practice – like yoga – that helps me be more grounded, balanced and flexible. One thing that stood out for me as particularly important for regenerative business innovators was a discussion about “listening for clarity and from clarity”. Continue reading
“We don’t see how things are, we see them according to how we are”. ― Anaïs Nin
Modern neurobiology is providing evidence of what philosophers have been saying for a long time. What we observe is controlled and filtered by our beliefs and values, particularly in complex situations. How we see and respond to situations is based on who WE are. Continue reading
There’s a proverb from Zimbabwe that my singing teacher quoted a lot:
“If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing.”
Not so many years ago, how humans went about the business of behaviour change was pretty much a mystery. Those who could do it and do it well were considered to have ‘a way with people’. Continue reading
Here are some of the songs from the 20th century that inspire and energise me. It a bit of an eclectic mix, but my mood shifts when I play them. What inspires and renews you?
The Heat is On by Glenn Frey is one I love just for the rhythm/beat – a great source of energy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqZ9WVBXBvw
Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down for the melody but also the words “Gonna stand my ground, won’t be turned around / And I’ll keep this world from draggin’ me down”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTXb-ga1fo
Ease On Down the Road by Michael Jackson for the energy and lightness, but also for the message to let go of the baggage of the past and just take the next step: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ztDwyEuiBY
High Hopes by Frank Sinatra for the lightness, also for the value of persistence (although I also advocate for hard work on smart strategy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWZ-pLUb9L8
‘Tain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It) by Ella Fitzgerald to me points out the value of bringing acceptance, intention, curiosity and wonder to HOW we do WHAT we do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8fCXNTCWig
The Music Of The World A Turnin’ by The Seekers – tune into what’s happening, not what’s going on in your head: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K8BbTNXx2o
Jimmy Cliff’s I Can See Clearly Now reminds me to let go of the negative moods and emotions that shut down my creative thinking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIqLsGT2wbQ
Early in my sustainability journey I came across The Better World Handbook . The wisdom in its introduction empowered me to manage some of my emotions about “the tough stuff” and whether this sustainability thing was for me.
As I sat down to do some planning for the coming year it seemed a good time to share the Cycle of Hope and also the Handbook’s sound advice on traps that stop people from making a difference. Continue reading
Back in the 1960s, psychology researcher Martin Seligman and his team discovered how to create helplessness and passivity – first in animals and later in humans. Some sustainability campaigners could learn an important lesson from his research about how to present their message so it generates action rather than helplessness. Continue reading
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