In 2012 I was a volunteer at the London 2012 Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremony. To date I can say it was one of the best experiences of my life. Seeing the plans come into fruition was astounding. One day volunteers were shown Danny Boyle’s vision on a miniature board; months later that vision had been brought to life. Along with my bucket for a drum, industrial revolution and light bulb bowler hat costumes, I left the process feeling as though anything was possible.
“…removing the costumes we wear consciously or subconsciously in order to view the Self critically but constructively…”
However the four week Behaviour Change Project differed greatly and there wasn’t a costume in sight. If anything, it involved removing the costumes we wear consciously or subconsciously in order to view the Self critically but constructively; not only identifying problems but working on solutions. The project highlights the importance of surrounding yourself with suitable networks, then gradually removes everyone from the equation by forcing you to look at yourself and be accountable. It demonstrates even though outside forces can influence your attitudes and behaviour, the ultimate decision to do (or not do!) something rests with you.
“…a vision will remain a vision if attitudes and behaviours are misaligned with the vision.”
Course topic aside, the change project demonstrated a vision will remain a vision if attitudes and behaviours are misaligned with the vision. The project forces the individual to critically look at self, identify habits and assess behaviours in order to align attitudes and behaviours to the action of living the vision.
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