Rafael Nadal is a left-handed tennis player, but did you know he’s a naturally right-handed?
As a kid using a two-hand grip to hit both his “forehand” and “backhand” shots, he was encouraged to choose one side so he could develop a single-handed forehand. Believing lefties were a nuisance to play against, he chose to develop his left.
Fast forward 20-odd years, and Rafa is one of the top tennis players on the planet.
When you think about it, that’s pretty extraordinary.
The tiniest fraction of a fraction of the planet will ever hold a top 10 tennis ranking.
Yet this right-handed kid went on to beat just about every high ranked player he encountered... with his left hand.
That must have been pretty awkward to start with.
Throwing with my non-dominant hand looks and feels hilarious - learning to sling a tennis racquet to a pro level would have taken some serious commitment.
But in Rafa’s words, he just kept showing up, kept practicing. Then practiced some more. And did it over and over and over again until it became so natural, that he couldn’t not play with his left.
Any change can be awkward.
Shifting to a sustainability mindset, particularly as an organisation, can be seriously awkward at first.
It might not feel quite right. It might even feel like you’re betraying some part of yourself, or your organisation, or your team.
Keep showing up, stick with it. Sustainability will naturally permeate everything you do, to the point where you can't not think about it.
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