I'm hoping you won't mind if today, I invite you into my a bit of my world... I used to laugh at my good friend Annie, who would frequently tease me saying she was convinced that one day, I was going to change the world.
I think she'd only say this because of my passion to help everybody, but what I soon learned - was that to change the world, I first had to change my world.
I was never going to be able to help others, inspire others, or challenge the status quo around me, until I had learned to change the hardest person in the world for me to change: the person in the mirror!
Over recent years, I have learned a lot, and I believe, as I've become more intentional about my own health and wellbeing habits and behaviours, I have started to change my world.
Learning to invest in myself, learning to look after my health and wellbeing, learning to say no, have all been incredibly tough lessons, and lessons that I repeatedly re-learn and get to practice, almost on a daily basis. But I'm also really appreciative and genuinely grateful for the help and support of others - outside of me - to come alongside, encourage, to grow me and to challenge me too.
Many of you probably know that here at Intentional Health, we are on a mission to help 1000 people benefit from our transformational lifestyle health programme by the end of 2020. Our 10-session community programme - delivered exclusively by local church volunteers for the benefit of anyone in the community, unpacks many of the topics we explore here on the blog. In particular, ways to improve our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing.
Intentional Health is place-based by location: delivered in existing local communities and is place-based by common interests; it is uniquely delivered by church partners and volunteers for the benefit and purpose of being accessible to everyone in the locally.
We believe this model ensures maximum volunteer engagement, relieves the need for clinical health specialists (thus reducing the pressure on the overstretched NHS), and aligns with evidence that shows peer-support is more successful in long term behaviour change.
And whilst it is highly unlikely that I, personally, am going to be able to change the whole world, we can help and equip an army of volunteer coaches come alongside 1000 people in communities, and perhaps inspire them to make healthier choices by understanding that they also have a choice about changing aspects of their own worlds.
To continue to do this well as Intentional Health grows, I know I will need to continue to invest and grow my own personal leadership skills too.
Therefore, you cannot imagine how grateful and excited I am to tell you that, thanks to a generous 90% bursary from Allchurches Trust, in 2 weeks time, I will be attending the Windsor Leadership - Emerging Strategic Leaders programme.
I expect I will meet some incredible people, learn more from others perspectives and experiences in their worlds and operational cultures, as well as have time to develop my own wisdom and insight to make good decisions at difficult times. I'm also just a little bit excited about spending a week living inside the castle grounds, two weeks before the Royal wedding!
As I pray for an open mind, an open heart and enthusiastically wait to see how this opportunity will help change my world, I also pray that you will receive an opportunity to change one thing that could a make a difference for you and your world today too.
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