The Secret to Personal Growth as a Leader … George Raveling

Someone asked me what has been one of my most significant challenges throughout my life. My response was to live a disciplined life. Much of our personal behavior is predicated on how we view the world. We tend to prefer information that confirms our existing beliefs. We like to believe adding new processes, policies, procedures, and habits will transform our lives without retiring old mindsets and ways of living that no longer serves us. When you add anything in life, you must subtract somewhere else. Each day you must be brutally honest with yourself as it relates to who you are, what you want, what you need and how you serve others. The challenge is not just to do good in life, but to be good and at peace within.

There is no better use of a life than to be attentive to other people’s needs. I have come to realize that everyone is always in need of something that another person can give. Be it undivided attention, a kind word or deep empathy. The reality is this, most of us spend more time following than leading. More than ever we desperately need sterling leadership. The fundamental characteristic of leadership is the ability to manage oneself. The secret to personal growth as a leader is always to remain curious. A great way to learn is to teach. Learning happens when you acknowledge what you do not know. When one teaches, all parties end up growing and winning.

Self-imposed fears and your unwillingness to be uncomfortable will always present barriers to your success and leadership. Your choices always have real consequences. So do not hide your best self from others. Understand anything that deviates from the status quo is frightening but worthwhile. On your journey of self-discovery you will be taken through front doors, back doors, side doors, and no doors. No matter what lies ahead keep moving forward and never give up!


РCoach George Raveling 

5 Things To Know Before Skiing For The First Time

  1. Skiing is tough. Make sure you are prepared for a bit of exercise. The boots (that make you walk like you are on the moon) are very rigid and carrying the poles and skis can be very awkward. I would suggest you do some warm up exercises before hitting the slopes each day as you can get very stiff if you are not used to this type of exercise.
  2. Learn the basics. Read the maps, understand how the chairlifts work and know how to carry and put on your equipment. Technique is everything. Watch Youtube videos. A great one I found was HOW TO SKI | 10 BEGINNER SKILLS FOR THE FIRST DAY SKIING. Get lessons for at least 3/4 days depending on how you are advancing.
  3. Enjoy it. Don’t be scared or nervous and always remember to lean forward into the slopes. Once you master how to do the snow plough and parrallel turn you can take on most green, blue and red slopes depending on your fitness. Know your limits though. You can pick up incredable speeds on the slopes and I have seen people take risks and have serious falls.
  4. Accomodation. Make sure it is close to the slopes. In Top Apartments Casso del Tonale we were able to ski right to the back door. This saved us any walking in ski boot and hauling gear around. A few years back I went skiing in Whistler, Brittish Columbia, Canada and we stayed 45 minutes bus journey from the slopes. I would not recommend this. It gets very very hot in all your ski gear while sitting on an over crowded bus.
  5. Take in the views. Even if you dont feel comfortable enough doing the big slopes try get a non skiers pass and go up to the top. The views are spectacular. Something I never used to appreciate but some of these are just amazing.