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14 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
150 | Sandra Chuma - 3 Key points to building sustainable habits (plus a special year-end message)
In this episode, I will share the three key points you will need to remember to be able to build sustainable habits. These key points are way more effective long-term more than the temporary nature of relying on motivation and willpower alone. This episode wraps up our Habits series, as well as the year for the NDINI Podcast. I have a very special message at the end of this episode, so be sure to watch and listen until the end! I am eternally grateful to you for the support that you continue to give me, and that you continue to give this platform. I wish you the very best over this holiday season. I wish you a blessed, safe, and peaceful holiday season, and I will see you in the new year! Much love, Sandra
11 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
149 | Sandra - Habits are your superpower in times of hardship and crisis
One of the things that I have learned in learning about behavior design is the power of habits, and that habits really are the foundation of success. I didn't expect my learning about habits to literally be life changing. And so once I started down this path and started learning from BJ Fogg, I learned that he has one non-negotiable, -- the Maui habit. And what the Maui habit is, is that every morning, as soon as you wake up, you say to yourself, "This is going to be a great day." Regardless of my hesitation or what I had thought at that time, I started doing it. And I can tell you that it has fundamentally shifted how I go through the day. When the very first thought in your mind is 'this is going to be a great day,' your mind articulates itself to looking to make it a great day. But to be completely honest, not every day is a great day. And there are days where I wake up, and I know it's going to be challenging, I know I've got a very busy schedule ahead, I know there are hard things that I'm going to face, or I am going through hard things or I'm fighting with my husband or whatever it is. And sometimes those words to say it's going to be a great day just feels really hollow. To answer this issue and struggle, I talk about the story of BJ Fogg’s sister in this episode -- a story he shared in his book. This story tells of how she was able to overcome her situation despite all the unfortunate tragedies in her life that came one after the other. Here you will learn the words she said to herself that was able to change her mindset and completely change her life for the better. In Dr. Wendy Wood’s book, 'Good Habits, Bad Habits' she talks about how we underestimate the power of habits when it comes to resilience, when it comes to being able to carry us through hard things. This year has been such a great example of hardship. Regardless of who you are and what you do, you have been impacted in some way by the events of this year. And now more than ever, is when our habits are what will carry us through.
11 minutes | Dec 6, 2020
148 | Sandra Chuma - The Strategy for changing your habits
If I tell you, “Whatever you do today, don't think about a pink elephant.” What's the first thing that happens in your mind? Don't think about a pink elephant -- now you're thinking about the pink elephant. And that's exactly the same thing that happens with habits. Your mind is the key. In this episode I talk about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment that was done in 1972 and its significance on how to deal with issues of self-control, especially when it comes to changing habits. What is the strategy? Trying to focus on changing a bad habit gung ho just keeps that bad habit in your mind, making it a continuous struggle. If you're trying to change a behavior, trying to change a habit, the best way to actually do that is not to focus on the bad habit, and instead focus on creating a new habit. If you want to hear more examples of this strategy, including my own personal experience on this, listen in and maybe you can try something that works for you.
11 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
147 | Sandra Chuma - The easy way to ‘BREAK’ bad habits
How do you start to ‘break’ a bad habit? First of all that terminology -- 'break' a bad habit -- we need to change that. Think about how long it took for you to ingrain that as a habit. It didn't just happen overnight. You've been doing it over and over for a time, you don’t just stop doing it overnight. It's something that, in the words that I've been taught in my coaching -- you start to untangle a bad habit. If you've ever tried to take apart something that is tangled, what's the easiest way to start to undo it? You untangle it bit by bit. If you try and yank, it gets even tighter and knots even tighter. Think about that as the same with your habits. You have to unravel them bit by bit, piece by piece. Otherwise, it just tightens even more. And so if you want to start to untangle a habit that you don't like, you go back to the Fogg Behavior Model. In this episode, I break down the steps on how to untangle your bad habits by understanding how they are formed in the first place. This reverse engineering process is based on the Fogg Behavior Model that I have shared in our previous episodes, so please make sure to check it out first if you haven’t yet.
12 minutes | Nov 22, 2020
146 | Sandra Chuma - What no one has ever told you about habits!
One of my coaches said to me, "Everything you have, or you don't have in your life is because of your habits." I've never thought about it like that. I knew your habits were important. I knew that there are good habits and bad habits, but I've never thought about the fact that my life was being created by my habits. And once I understood that, then I went on this quest to try and find how and why habits are created, why do some habits work and some habits don't. In this episode, I want to share with you how a habit is created and the science behind it. To understand this better, I refer to the Fogg Behavior Model, which I talked about in last week’s episode. Please check that out first if you haven’t yet. “The brain doesn't distinguish between a good habit and a bad habit. To your brain, it just remembers that there was some release of dopamine, something that made it remember that it should do this thing. And so if we're talking about trying to create good habits, or the habits that we want to do, how do you do that? Well, at its simplest, it really is about feeling good.”
12 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
145 | Sandra Chuma - If you ever struggled with your habits, this is for you
Before we start this week’s podcast episode, I highly encourage all of you listeners to check out the video of this episode on our website, NDINI.COM or on our YouTube channel, NDINI Media. The reason I mention this is because this episode contains valuable visuals of the Fogg Behavior Model, and it would greatly help you understand it if you could actually see the illustration and diagram that I talk about. I wanted to talk today about something that for me, has literally changed my life. If you are somebody who's ever tried to create a new habit, you wanted to work out more, you wanted to eat healthier, you wanted to work on building a business, you wanted to study harder at school, but you just found yourself sabotaging or not sticking to it, this is for you. For the longest time I’ve talked about habits and how habits really are the foundation of everything -- how everything you have or don't have in life is based on your habits. But like everybody else, I am human. I try to implement good habits, but then I get stuck and only keep up with it for a month, or a week. That was until I read this book called Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg. Here's the thing, if you don't know what you're working with, how can you change it? So if you're looking to change your behavior, but you don't actually understand how behavior works, it's gonna be very hard to do that. BJ Fogg has a model where he defines what behavior is that will help us understand it for us to be able to change it and systematically form habits. In this episode, I talk about the The Fogg Behavior Model and its eye-opening mind-blowing revelations about behavior and how we can form habits.
11 minutes | Nov 8, 2020
144 | Sandra Chuma - The key to your success is self discipline
The key to your success doesn’t lie in you believing, or stepping into your fear, or in rubbing crystals so you can “manifest”. The “secret” to success is self-discipline. My friend Vitale Buford recently shared this powerful quote: “Self-discipline is the highest form of self-love.” Most people are allowing distractions, procrastination, excuses to chip away at their dreams. They’re choosing to settle for an “okay” life, and yet with self-discipline, it is absolutely possible for them to achieve the life of their dreams. Self-discipline is about doing what you NEED to do when you need to do it so that you can do what you WANT to do when you want to do it. Self-discipline is about doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like it. ESPECIALLY when you don’t feel like it.
31 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
143 | Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba (Part 2) - Excellence in you makes people around you want to do better
This week, we continue our conversation with Africa Media Executive, Broadcaster & Creative Industry Specialist, Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba. In this second part of our conversation with Lee, she gives her definition of purpose, and talks about the challenges she had to overcome in life, and shares some valuable insight on excellence and embodying excellence in everything you do.
31 minutes | Oct 25, 2020
142 | Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba (Part 1) - The Creative Industry is necessary to unite Africa
Leslie ‘Lee’ Kasumba was born in Cuba and raised in South Africa. Her father initially wanted her to become a doctor, but Lee found her passion in another field which would later make her name known in the African media and entertainment industry. At the young age of 19, Lee began working as a DJ and producer for the biggest radio station in South Africa, YFM. She also functioned as the editor at Y Magazine during the 8 years she worked there. She also wrote for Centric Magazine, hosted the Price of Fame panel with Quincy Jones, and even interviewed Tony Blair for the first ever 'MTV Base Meets'. Lee has served as a TV host for Emcee Africa, and also hosted the African Live 8 music concert, and presented the Key Note address to the United Nations at the Global African Hip-Hop Summit. Her radio show, “Arambe” was the biggest radio show to come out of South Africa and the first to actively promote and support South African nationals. Lee has also worked internationally as an on-air personality both as a host and panelist, including being a panelist for Big Brother Africa. Lee is also regarded as having played an important role in Hip hop in Africa, having been labelled the 'First Lady of Hip hop' in South Africa. She's hosted several hip-hop battles and travelled around the continent as TV host for Emcee Africa, interviewing various International hip hop acts like Damian Marley, K’naan, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, and Missy Elliott, among others. She's also the First African woman to be featured in XXL Magazine. Lee also emceed Beyoncé's concert in South Africa, and has been a judge at several music awards as well. In this episode, Lee talks about her career, how she started, and where it led to. She shares how all her experience in the creative and entertainment industry, the highs and lows, the blessings and the challenges, has shaped her into what she is now. Identifying as a ‘global citizen’, Lee talks about being the bridge between the creative industry and sociopolitical change. She discusses important issues like how the creative industry has done a better job of uniting Africans in ways that politics can’t do, and the need of a cultural shift as Africans to move towards true unity.
20 minutes | Oct 18, 2020
141 | 9 Steps to Make the Last Quarter of 2020 Your Best!
We’re down to the last quarter of the year. If you’re like me, this is when “the wheels come off the bus” so to speak! All the good habits, and all the goals I’ve been working towards go out of the window. If this sounds like you…. BUT you want this year to be different, then this is for YOU! I’ve been there so many times – ending the year disappointed in myself, and even further from my goals than when I started the year. I’m sharing some of the things I’ve learned that I think will help to make this year different for you. It doesn’t matter how close or far you are from your goals. Using these 9 tips will absolutely help you to make these last 90 days your best! … And it will set you up to go into the new year feeling inspired, and ready to take on the new decade! Let’s finish 2020 STRONG!
17 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
140 | Quick Fire Q&A with Lisa Nichols
This week, we wrap up our Quick Fire Q&A series with bestselling author, CEO of Motivating the Masses Inc., and global motivational speaker, Lisa Nichols. You can watch Lisa’s two-part interview in Episode 107 and Episode 108 where she shared her phenomenal story and life-changing message of courage and determination. In this Quick Fire conversation, we get to know more about Lisa and some of her interesting quirks. She also shared a very interesting story about he time she travelled to Swaziland (the Kingdom of Eswatini) with her son -- an experience that she called “a very embarrassing mommy moment” that involved the queen. This is a conversation you shouldn’t miss!
16 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
139 | Quick Fire Q&A with Natasha Sheppard
This week on our Quick Fire series, we have CEO and founder of Curlshoppe, Natasha Sheppard. Natasha joined us in Episode 118 where she shared her story and journey to becoming an entrepreneur, and talked about her goals, dreams, and challenges, and her advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. As a child growing up, Natasha’s hair was consistently relaxed by her mother to make styling easier. She was even convinced that her hair was naturally straight (or ‘wavy’ at most) and ironically always wanted curly hair. Through many chemical relaxers and weekly wash-blowdry-straighten routines, her hair got more and more damaged, until she finally decided to cut her hair short. Doing this started to reveal her true natural curls the moment she started growing out of the relaxers. As years went by, eventually Natasha could not resist the urge anymore to do the “big chop” -- to cut all of her hair off -- so she could grow out her true curls from scratch. Doing her own research on how to grow her curls and have proper hair care, she decided to start sharing her journey (via blogging, YouTube and Instagram), and continued learning until she became more confident in herself embracing her new found natural hair. Natasha eventually learned enough to create her own formula and people started buying her products. This led to building her brand, Curlshoppe, which she now co-owns with her best friend, Rowan McAnoy. After being able to create her own business and brand, a lot of people would ask her how she was able to do it. With her own experience and strategies in this field, she and her partner Sanjay created Hustl works, a platform to help aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses.
10 minutes | Sep 27, 2020
138 | Quick Fire Q&A with Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro
This week for our Quick Fire series, we have Strategy and Growth Consultant and founder of My African Corner, Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro. Chioma joined us in Episode 115 where she shared her story on how she became a CPA, and eventually fully going into entrepreneurship. Chioma is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) with over 8 years of experience working with corporate and nonprofit organizations. As a growth coach and consultant, Chioma has helped a lot of professionals and entrepreneurs build creative strategies and grow their revenue. In 2018, She was named by Elevate Tech Fest as a Leader in the Canadian Innovation ecosystem and nominated for a Toronto Region Board of Trade Business Excellence Award for Young Professional of the Year. Her work had been featured in a number of publications including Canada's top outlet for senior executives and professionals (The Globe and Mail) and PayPal. She has also spoken in stages and universities. She currently sits on the newly formed CPA Emerging Leaders Advisory Board and is a mentor to various startups, business owners and professionals across the world. Chioma is also the founder of My African Corner, a platform dedicated to accelerating entrepreneurs and professionals in the Black community. This platform holds various events like BUILDfest, which is focused on experiential education on business, and Dajara, which focuses on helping students and new graduates.
20 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
137 | Quick Fire Q&A with Makini Smith
For our Quick Fire episode this week, we have motivational speaker, coach, entrepreneur, and author of 'A Walk In My Stilettos', Makini Smith. Makini joined us in Episode 122 where she shared her personal journey and how she had come to write her book. Makini was a straight A student when she was in high school, but her turbulent youth and environment at that time ended up causing her to become a mother at a very young age. She had to prove herself to her family and to society that she was not going to be just a statistic. She went back to school. Despite having to work full time to support herself in college and being a single mother of two small children all at the same time, Makini graduated with honors. Her challenges would not end here as she had to deal with difficult and toxic relationships after. She also had to deal with anxiety, depression, and health issues because of this. But Makini rose through all these challenges and was able to provide for her children and be present to raise them by becoming an entrepreneur. Makini shares how the passing of her sister greatly affected her change in perspective in life. Witnessing how her sister had made a difference in many people’s lives, this inspired her to do the same. Makini shared her journey in her book ‘A Walk In My Stilettos’ which has become a source of inspiration for many. She has also written several other books to help provide the tools needed to overcome self-limiting thoughts of doubt and fear, as well as to integrate the importance of gratitude in this process. Makini Smith has also become an international speaker gracing platforms in Canada, the United States and Africa with her transparent storytelling of real life testimonies. Her authenticity and relatable message empowers women to walk boldly with their head held high. As an extension to her books, Makini also hosts a podcast called A Walk In My Stilettos Podcast.
10 minutes | Sep 13, 2020
136 | Quick Fire Q&A with Robina Abramson-Walling
Joining us this week in our Quick Fire series is mother, entrepreneur, and life coach Robina Abramson-Walling. Robina joined us in Episode 120 where she talked about her life journey of discovering herself to her core and her pursuit of purpose and happiness. Robina worked as a nurse, got married and had children, then left her job to focus on raising her children. She had done what was expected of her and was living a life of how other people thought she should. One day she woke up and realized that she didn’t even know who she was anymore. She had given so much to everybody else that she stopped caring about herself. At this point, she knew that she had to make a decision to change. Robina searched for ways to help herself, one of which was going to the gym. Eventually, this led her to go all the way into fitness competitions. But even when she was competing, she realized that she was not happy. She needed to recreate who she was. Despite the backlash and self-doubt, Robina decided to follow her heart and not her brain. She started building her character and mind by not only being physically healthy, but also mentally and spiritually. With the help of books, meditation, and surrounding herself with the right kind of people, she was able to develop the right mindset that helped her truly find her passion. Robina is a mother of 4 children, a lifestyle entrepreneur with Arbonne, and a health and life coach. Her goal is to help women get unstuck in life and empower them to reinvent and recreate who they are and who they want to be. She started her own podcast called Unstuckable.
17 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
135 | Quick Fire Q&A with Camille Dundas
Joining us this week in our Quick Fire series is Keynote Speaker, Inclusion Consultant, and Co-founder & Editor-in-Chief of ByBlacks.com, Camille Dundas Camille joined us in Episode 113 where she shared her journey from becoming a career journalist, and to pursuing her own path as an entrepreneur. Starting at an early age, Camille loved reading and writing. Some of her fondest memories are of mornings spent reading the weekend newspapers from cover to cover with her father. As a teen she got exposure to working for a local TV network….and she was hooked! She knew she wanted to be a journalist. Camille’s journalism career started when she was just 15 years old when she got a gig as a part-time newspaper columnist. At 16, she was commissioned to write a biographical poem about Nelson Mandela. She got to read the poem and present it to the late South African leader in 1998, which is a memory she treasures. She spent more than 10 years as a news writer and producer for leading Canadian news programs such as CBC National, CP24 Breaking News and CTV's Canada AM. Living in Canada, Camille had a strong desire to create a platform for the black community in the country to promote their businesses. Camille and her husband Roger Dundas came up with the idea for ByBlacks.com. Since its inception, the platform has evolved into a full scale online magazine featuring stories of inspiring people from the Canadian black community. Camille was recognized by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for her media activism; and the ByBlacks team has won national media awards. She has been recognized as one of the ‘100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women’. In 2016 Camille made a career jump from TV news to the tech industry, becoming a consultant for global social media management leader Hootsuite. She now uses her storytelling skills to show organizations how they can leverage social media as part of their digital transformation strategies. Camille and her husband Roger, who are parents to two young children, are also business partners in publicity and marketing firm Konvo Media. She is also passionate about women's rights, and mentoring underserved groups. She is a prolific public speaker, delivering keynotes and workshops across all sectors.
8 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
134 | Quick Fire &A with Maria Michelle Lee
In this week’s Quick Fire episode, we have inspirational and motivational speaker, life coach, and expert spray tan therapist Maria Michelle Lee. Maria joined us in Episode 111 where she talked about the challenges and struggles she had to overcome to ultimately find her purpose. She shared her reflections on her experience joining fitness competitions, as well as about her beautiful family, and the people that inspired her. Maria owns Brown Sugar Spray Tanz, offering natural luxury spray tan services, specializing in spray tan education, certification, & competition tans. She does the best of both worlds -- mentoring many women to be their best mentally, spiritually and physically, while expertly doing their spray tan sessions. If you want to know how that works out, you’ll want to hear it straight from Maria as she talks about how this began, and how she has found her purpose doing it. Struggling though living as a ‘people pleaser,’ Maria got burned out to the point of considering ending her own life. With the help of a friend and some divine intervention, she was able to overcome this critical point in her life, and come to realize her purpose. Maria understands that so many people go through this kind of sadness and struggle, that she made it her goal to do everything she can so that nobody would ever go through such an experience. Maria herself started in the fitness industry, joining fitness competitions professionally. She even aimed for one competition after every child she had -- she has three children -- and did one more competition for her 40th birthday. With her knowledge and experience in this field, she knows well about how athletes could “look good on the outside, but don't feel good on the inside,” as she had experienced this herself. Maria also helps people overcome body and self-esteem issues, and ultimately finding their true happiness. Maria’s goal and focus is to build a tribe of empowerment, by teaching women how to love themselves through Mirror Workshops, Vision Board Sessions and Mindest Coaching programs.
21 minutes | Aug 23, 2020
133 | Quick Fire Q&A with Jully Black
It’s time once again for our Quick Fire series! And to start it off, we are having Canada’s Queen of R&B, Jully Black. Jully joined us in an awesome 2-part interview in Episode 104 and Episode 105 where she shared her journey in her music career, life lessons throughout her experience, as well as her goals and purpose. In this candid conversation, we get to know Jully a bit more, including the time she answered the door for the pizza delivery man “in her panty.” She shares everything from her favorite popcorn to wanting to have dinner with God and Bob Marley. Jully is truly hilarious and you definitely should not miss this quick fire interview!
42 minutes | Aug 16, 2020
132 | Francisca Mandeya - Change comes from telling the truth
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Francisca experienced inequality from birth. She had experienced all types of harassment and discrimination that are considered a norm for the culture and society that she lived in. Growing up, she had been a sibling with the lesser share, a molested student and employee, and a wife in a toxic marriage struggling to raise her child. Having endured this reality, Francisca started to understand the root cause of this inequality and began a lifelong commitment to taking a stand and speaking up against gender inequality. Francisca believes in Maternal Power, the sacred bond created when a child begins its journey in its mother’s body, intricately bound by a connection even stronger than the umbilical cord. She is convinced that the untapped potential of maternal power is a transformational force in the struggle for gender equality. In her first published book, Mother, Behold Thy Son, Francisca shares her most personal experiences to show how mothers can use storytelling — coupled with their innate maternal power — to not just help their sons to reject toxic masculinity, but also to model how their daughters can become true equals. In this conversation, Francisca talks about how we are all victims of the same system -- a system in our culture and society that propagates generational inequality -- and how important it is for us to be aware of it, and ultimately work to change it. Francisca also talks about the role of music in her advocacy for change. She plays the Mbira and speaks highly of its therapeutic quality and how her children taught her to play it.They produced a twelve track album with her three children where they sing songs that are meant to transform undesired social, economic, and political realities. Aside from publishing her book, Francisca is a double winner of the Nunavut Iqaluit Status of Women Gender Equality Competition held in 2015. She was recognized as one of 57 mobilizers for gender equality and represented Canada at the Women Deliver 2019 Vancouver Conference. Mother Behold Thy Son is available internationally on Amazon.
47 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
131 | Mpumi Nobiva - We become the stories we tell ourselves
“We become the stories we tell ourselves. So whatever story you’re telling yourself is the story you recreate for yourself.” - Mpumi Nobiva This week we have the privilege of welcoming back Mpumi Nobiva. Our first NDINI interview with Mpumi was a little over 2 years ago. A lot has happened in her life since then, so she came back to give us an update. When we last spoke to Mpumi, she was living her dream working for a prestigious company in Los Angeles, and living in a gorgeous high rise apartment. She was on a plane almost every weekend travelling across the globe to speak on stages in front of thousands of people. Mpumi talks about how she was so focused on being a “success” without realizing why I was so driven. “Because I was so fixated on this idea of success, and because I was so driven, what I wasn’t realizing is that the motivating force of my success was fear.” - Mpumi Nobiva But it all came at a very heavy price. Mpumi opened up about the weight of success, and the toll it took on her mental health. She talks about the challenges of trying to reconcile the dream life she was living, with the very real poverty that her family was still living in. She also talks about the ‘black tax’ - the burden of being the one who “made it”, and the burden that brings with it. “There’s real weight when you encounter something. It impacts your energy level in such a real way I wish we knew how to express so that we can relieve ourselves from that.” - Mpumi Nobiva Mpumi talks about the weight of carrying other people’s suffering, the feelings of guilt about her success, and the societal pressures. At the peak of her success, Mpumi had a physical and mental breakdown. “I needed to step away from all of this because I needed love. I needed to love myself.” - Mpumi Nobiva Mpumi realized she needed to time to heal, and to find her true self. This included taking time away from social media, and to surround herself with real relationships and support. This included seeking help through therapy. Therapy helped her start to understand more about herself, and the reasons behind her suffering. This included what she came to know was generational unprocessed trauma. “Solitude means you’re able to exist independently and be of your own independent essence and have your own stature... and that takes real work for an African girl who grew up not knowing how to love herself.” - Mpumi Nobiva Telling her story to the world has inspired many. Mpumi’s story is one of being born in poverty, a mother who sacrificed her life to provide for her family, being raised by her grandmother; and then being given the opportunity of a lifetime through The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Through hard work, determination, and to keep a promise she made to her grandmother, Mpumi has become an Award-Winning International Speaker and Communication Strategist. She has spoken at the White House, congressional fundraisers, corporate functions and nonprofit initiatives in several countries. Mpumi is now on a new journey with a fresh perspective in her life. She has always been very vocal in speaking about HIV/AIDS awareness, and has expanded her work to support other causes impacting women and children in South Africa. In particular she is choosing to focus on supporting mental wellness. “We need to deconstruct what success means for the African. We need to deconstruct what religion is for the African. We need to deconstruct what spirituality is, what mental health is for the African.” - Mpumi Nobiva
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