Today we were connected by hi-tec across the world to listen to Rubén Turienzo, head of Talent Telepizza & Director of Influencia Social speaking from Honduras to offer the girls a method of mind training that will guarantee that you ALWAYS WIN! He is an on motivation and consults with government and politics.
He uses the Spanish acronym GRITA which translates as scream, and it breaks down as follows:
G – UN GRAN MOTIVO, a great motive. Find your motivation, what drives you but the clue it’s never to win! It can be to improve yourself, to be the best team for example. (I created a goal for myself around health and being the healthiest version of myself.)
He went on to say, Imagine a goal you’d like to achieve this week.
So as we are on a basketball talent camp I then created a goal about being able to participate in a basketball game, which is really unlikely for me as I don’t really do team sports and at the end of our program we have to play a game with the parents!
So a motive is what will I personally do better (or at all in my case!).
Next comes the ‘why’ do I want to do that. Close eyes and ask yourself, why do you want to achieve this goal and notice what arises…
For me what came up is that in Brighton where I live there is a basketball court on the seafront and there are always guys playing (who are very tall and very good!) and I just wondered, imagine if I could join in with them one day… I appreciate the collaborative nature of basketball.
R – RECURSOS POSITIVOS, positive resources. Everything I already know or know what to do, this is already a positive resource. Take care with things that I tell myself constantly that I believe. Don’t say I’m the best, say I’m doing it great otherwise I won’t make effort and learn.
He asked the group of girls to raise their hands, ‘who is good at defending?’ And only one hand came up. Then he asked knows how to defend? Most hands came up! So there was big difference, and I personally really learned something from this.
He also did it with another question, he asked who is good at singing, and again only one hand came up. Then many more to most came up with the question, ‘who can sing?’
Feed yourself positive messages about yourself, you can do this, you know how to do this. Reassure and affirm yourself.
I – IMAGINACION, imagination. Imagine your best scenario. Create a memory in your mind and return to it again and again. Squeeze finger and thumb together and this feeling will return! Yaaaaay!!! NLP at its best.
T – TECNICA, technique. Learn from the best people you can all the techniques you need. YouTube amazing for watching the best. There was a man in the last Olympics that taught himself everything from YouTube! When learning something ask yourself why is this helping me? This will enrol you more into what you’re doing .
A – ACCION, action. Do it, take action.
Rubén was noticeably moved when all the girls were cheering and taking on his ideas. The whole video call was a very inspiring and life changing experience because he is so full of life, passion and conviction himself and so his energy was doing the motivating. He shared of his very tough and humble beginnings where the other kids told him he’d never amount to anything and he always affirmed that he would – and he did.
So with that living example these things have a big impact not just on us adults but particularly on the young girls on this training for whom these positive inspirations may really change their lives and the way they operate in the world as well as how they communicate with each other.
Santiago Puebla Sanz, general manager, strategic coach and expert in high performance teams with his company JOINTALENT, who is the brainchild of this project was mentoring the girls at the end of the day re-iterating that when you speak to each other make sure it’s uplifting and it makes the other one bigger not smaller.
On the learnings for the day final session, Santiago asks everyone what they enjoyed or learnt that day and what they didn’t like, making it okay to not like things.
Again I feel this is so progressive and good because I don’t remember ever been told as a child that it’s okay not to like things. This seems to me a mature and respectful way to operate and it offers a deeper self-inquiry for the girls to reflect with no judgement. This is also incredibly positive emotional intelligence coaching so I can only imagine that after a week of this they’ll come our self-actualized!
Another great day and high fives all round ending with a large pizza delivery, games, dancing and my calm down and relax good night routine.
Looking forward to what wonders tomorrow will bring!