The Leadership High™
THIS IS SARAH’S STORY…
I have found a way to use challenge as performance fuel and turn obstacles into opportunities – and it all started with a moment of total self-belief on a mountain. Fear, anxiety and “I can’t, I won’t” statements can be a normal part of life. After all, our brain is designed to scan for threat and danger. It’s a basic survival mechanism with the goal of protecting us and keeping us safe.
Skiing has always been my greatest fear, trembling on the mountain top, legs burning, tears, negative thoughts and many falls.
In 2018, that all changed in the beautiful Pyrenees. My ski instructor, Duncan had been paying more attention to my mindset than to my physical ski techniques. I felt like he was really listening to me and I was progressing. Mid-week, I headed out early, first on the lifts, with quiet slopes and perfect weather. My calmness dissipated when Duncan said we were heading up to the top of the red run and the usual negative self-talk kicked in. Before we set off, Duncan said: “You’ve got this, just follow my line”.
I can only describe the next 5 minutes as total euphoria. Everything felt like it just came together in that moment. The feeling was so intense, so utterly overwhelming, it was as if I was flying.
Everything I’d experienced over so many years suddenly seemed to count. I had trusted Duncan and, importantly, I had trusted myself.
I realised that none of the struggle over the years was a waste of time and the recognition of that had an immediate and profound impact on me. I wanted to bottle ‘the high’ and sprinkle it in all areas of my life. I felt stronger mentally than I had in a long time – I believed in myself, I was….confident. I knew I needed to do something with this powerful experience. So, on that very same day, on that special mountain, The Leadership High was born.
Joining forces with my business partner, Lara Milward, was a turning point. We have both experienced the impact of physical challenge on our overall performance and we wanted to explore the impact this could have on leaders and teams in the workplace.
TLH believe your confidence is like a muscle. Use it, challenge it, and it will grow stronger. If you want to keep getting better, you’ll need a Confidence Muscle ® ready to turn any obstacle into opportunity. At The Leadership High, we provide transformation experiences of all shapes and sizes. Designed to fuel and strengthen your Confidence Muscle ®, these experiences draw on challenges from past and present, delve into the inner workings of your brain, and help you develop a state of mind that lets you live a life full of opportunity.
Sarah MacDonald is Managing Partner of The Leadership High.
So great was the influence of Duncan Adamson (International Snowsport School), we invited him to join the TLH Advisory Team to work with us and our clients.
THE LEADERSHIP HIGH™
THE LEADERSHIP HIGH™
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