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If you want to be calm under pressure, just start describing yourself [to yourself] as someone who is incredibly calm under pressure.

This transformation will not take place over night. But, the next time things go wrong [and, don’t worry, they will], you might catch yourself reacting to the mishap.

When you do, write down what you learn about yourself.

After a few such experiences, you will feel the psychological trigger coming and start learning to take control of your response.

And, a few more such incidents later, you will actually feel very calm under pressure.

After all, you are one of those people who is calm under pressure.

As human beings, we care about being consistent with who we think we are.

This makes labels incredibly powerful.

Some of the smartest coaches of sports teams are very quick to label their players as the “best in the world.”

It doesn’t matter if they are.

It just matters that they begin behaving like they are the best in the world.

Sir Alex Ferguson was famous to label Manchester United players as those who had the strength of character to snatch a victory in the last minute of a game.

It did not matter if a player showed up at United yesterday. He would suddenly find himself capable of doing exactly that.

It was a self fulfilling prophecy.

Sawubona means we see you, we acknowledge you, we recognise you, we bring your presence into existence in our midsts.

Sawubona also transcends over the physical, I see you and your spirit, I see who you represent, I see your majesty, we see your lineage, we see your Kings and Queens who came before you.

I see you, your potential, I see your hidden strength, I see your amazing never-die-attitude. We see you.

A big part of being a great leader is to see [ukubona, go bona] and bringing out the best in people, even before they even know their greatness.

For that, we have to learn to see people, not just as they are, but as they could be.

And, we are best served if we begin doing that with ourselves.

Look beyond the naked eye and you will see the beauty of one’s soul, and the true essence of who they really are.

Leadership is about seeing beyond the ordinary, about seeing things before they happen, seeing situations, people’s talents and potential before anyone else.

We have put together a short leadership programme that will focus on to see the best talent in others.

For more information on the short-course, class dates, fees and to register online, please double click on this link: Managing and Leading People Information.

The programme starts in March 2020. Registration is open and you may register online now.

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