Don’t Wait Until You Are Released…

“I existed in a world that never is – the prison of the mind.” – Gene Tierney Have you ever been inside a prison? Have you ever felt the anxiety of doors clanging shut behind you? Even as a regular visitor into prisons I often feel the anxiety and claustrophobia. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be an inmate… Johannesburg Correctional Services, fondly known as Sun City by inmates and warders alike, is one of the prisons where I am involved in a rehabilitation program. (For my overseas readers, Sun City is a popular holiday and conference resort boasting a game reserve, a man-made beach, two golf-courses and much more) The Prison Warder I arrived at Sun City (the prison) the other day to run a goal-setting workshop for the Heart-Work program. We start the morning off with a sermon. This week the sermon was given by a prison warder. He is a tall thin man with a smiling face and a sense of humor. The prisoners hung onto his every word. He had them in stitches by comparing himself with some of the prisoners. He is a fantastic presenter. Short, sweet, to the point, humble and humorous. His message resonated with me in terms of the difficulties I have experienced when working with prisoners. The Message “Don’t wait until you are released to strengthen someone else.” The biggest problem I experience when working with prisoners is that they limit themselves. HUGELY. They believe that there is NOTHING they can do about ANYTHING while they are inside. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do understand that you...
Motivation is a Luxury

Motivation is a Luxury

My heart sank. I couldn’t believe my alarm was ringing. It can’t be 5am already, it can’t. I really don’t feel like this. I snuggled deeper into my duvet, imagining the cold I would feel when I got up. I really, REALLY don’t feel like this. After a few minutes, I slumped out of bed with a sigh. A while later I was doing what I really, REALLY didn’t feel like doing. Gym. Not Doing What I Don’t Feel Like Doing Later that day, I received a call from someone who wanted me to give a presentation to a group of people. Sure, I said. I put the phone down and realised that I could start preparing straight away. “But, I don’t feel like it”, I said to myself, and promptly starting going through my emails. This time I let myself off the hook even though it was the perfect opportunity to get going. In the first story, I chose to do something I didn’t feel like doing. We all do this, very often. Ever brushed your teeth late at night when you didn’t feel like it? Ever had a huge party one night, then got up to go to work the next day, even though you didn’t feel like it? Ever visited your in-laws even though you didn’t feel like it? Ever got up to nurse a crying baby – even though you didn’t feel like it? Ever agreed to pick your teen up at midnight, even though you’d much rather be asleep in bed? Very often we do things we don’t feel like doing. We are totally...