National Leadership Camp

28th Jul 2016
My experience at NLC - Nicky Oosthuizen

When I first came to National Leadership Camp, I didn't know what to expect. I was nervous, shy, and I began to freak out. I thought what have I gotten myself into again.

As the day processed, we had an activity to get to know the group. We received a piece of paper and went around asking people certain questions to find out more about the whole group. For example who was related to a celebrity. I found out a guy who attended NLC, had a famous uncle. Which was Steve Erwin. 

We had an open ceremony, the mentors came in with loud music, they were dancing around and the whole crowd was clapping to be beat and cheering. We got introduced to our mentors and the other 9 members of our tribe. Over the past 4 days in Sydney, we had the privilege of listening to several  amazing and inspirational speakers! We explored vision, values, resilience and service over the 4 days. 

The first speaker Robyn Moore, she is the voice of Blinky Bill. She taught us about having a clear vision for us to guide our journey. She thought us that we can invent our own purpose, we are responsible for who we are and who we become. She stated that a true leader is passionate and inspires each individual. Be whatever leader you want to be. Without vision, there is no purpose, which leads to no aim with then leads to no achievement. Even the smallest thing can change someone's day.  

We then had the privilege to listen to a poet, Dietrich. The taught us about that things don't always look as what they seem and that you are the only one who can tell your story the way you want it to be told. We learnt that it is important to have a vision, to be you because everyone else is already taken. We are who God created us to be. We also learnt that a great leader has a clear vision of what they want to accomplish. 

On day 2 of camp, we listened to Layton Fraser, he taught us about our values and what leadership is. Layton stated that leadership is the ability to influence the way others think and behave and that leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less. And leadership is between your relationship with others. 

He then got us to think about these three questions, who are you? What do you stand for? And where are you going? Our values are what define us, so find your values. Be yourself and believe in yourself.

We then listened to Pip Russell, she stated that everyone of us should value our values and our vision. To dream big and work hard to accomplish them. She stated that everything happens for a reason and if things don't work out, have resilience to bounce back and keep doing what you're doing. Push through the tough times and if mistakes are made, learn from them and find another way to achieve your goals.  

On the third day, he had the privilege of listening to Nathan Hulls. He talked about resilience.  He stated life is like playing cards, you get good cards, average cards and bad cards. The cards are your days. You make decisions, and by making the right decisions, influences your story and our destiny is shaped. We need to remember that stuff happens that will be out of our control, we just need to apply our motivation everyday.  

We are on a journey to discover ourselves and transform ourselves into the better you. We don't need to add or take things away, just simply move things around to become the better you. 

Nathan also stated that it's important to know yourself, be the best you can be and to make the world a better place. Other people's opinions don't matter. You are the author of your own story and you should be the one to tell your story. 

Lastly we looked at service. Find your passion and vision. Even the smallest things can have the biggest impact on somebody's life. The speakers also said that we should get used to rejection because there will always be rejection in the world. We just have to have resilience to get back up and start again. 

These 4 have taught me that there will always be challenges in our lives, we need to mound the key to open the locks. There's always a reason why people come into our lives, don't let anyone dull your sparkle, it's important to be in the now. Don't look back on the past and keep yourself in the present. Each and every one of us have great potential and can change somebody's life. We don't know what life will throw at us, each day will be different, we are bigger than what we think. Challenge yourself to define you and define your character. Be resilient, don't ever give up. Just keep going. Don't let insecurity stop you from achieving, and when things don't always go as planned, remember to be positive and laugh. Be aware of the words you use and acknowledge pain in your story, take responsibility and enjoy your sweet centre. And lastly, you don't have to be a leader for all, you can be a leader for one. 

NLC was amazing and I would recommend it for people to attend next years national leadership camp. 



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