Embrace Pressure – This Is When You Grow!

What a week! 7 Masterclasses over 3 days with six of them online and one face to face. I took on a lot this week and I will be honest it was a new challenge to run four sessions in one day. However, the Mental Resilience I teach, and the techniques I use meant that they went brilliantly with outstanding feedback.
It was because of Covid that I developed my online Masterclasses, and these are now proving to be very popular as 1-hour sessions. The Programme consists of 3 Masterclasses all building on the previous one with an Action Plan sent out after each session for the attendees to continue developing their Mental Resilience.

Short and sweet
The feedback tells me that one hour is just enough to take in the right amount of information to work on ready for the next session. This also means that staff don’t have to be away from work for long and they benefit from great techniques and mindset change.
It was because all four sessions were online that I could run them successfully. Two were to the HAHN Group a German based advanced automation and Robotics company and the other two were to staff of the Pilkington NSG Group with attendees from the UK on their safety day.

A worldwide experience
The day before I ran two sessions for the Procurement staff of Pilkington NSG Group (one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world) with attendees from across the world and this was Masterclass 2 from the Programme. The feedback was wonderful, and the third session is next week.
The face-to-face Masterclass I ran on Monday was to the MTS in Oxford on behalf of Champions Speaking Agency who are a great company I have worked with for a few years. This was to around 50 Apprentices and again the feedback was great.
It is encouraging to see the feedback as this is crucial. I really enjoy delivering both online and face-to-face Masterclasses and it’s nice to give clients the option.
A new view on pressure and adversity
Weeks like this can be very busy and challenging but at the same time this is when you grow. You grow in character and comfort zone and it’s only when you are under pressure that you grow.
When you are resting and relaxing your body and mind recover and this is very important for a healthy happy life. However, during this time, you don’t grow. You only grow when you are stretched in pressure and stressful situations.
You grow in character and comfort zone. Up to this week the most I had delivered were two sessions in one day. Then I took on the challenge of running 4 sessions in one day as I didn’t want to let the clients down.
This put me under pressure but having gone through this experience which was very enjoyable I now know that I can deliver four online sessions in one day and I have grown in comfort zone and confidence.
You have to go through some tough stuff to grow. So embrace the tough times and look back on them and see how you have grown through them. You should see that your growth has always come after tough times.
Famous Failures

  • Steven King was rejected 30 times before his first book was accepted by a publisher.
  • Colonel Harland Sanders of KFC fame was rejected over 1000 times before finding a franchise partner.
  • The greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, was cut from his high school team.
  • Walt Disney was fired from his job at a newspaper they said he lacked imagination.
  • Steven Spielberg was rejected from film school three times.
  • Albert Einstein had the label “mentally slow” put on his permanent school record.
  • Henry Ford’s first two automobile companies failed.
  • Oprah Winfrey was fired from an early job as a television news anchor as she wasn’t fit for television.
  • Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage in his first stand-up comedy appearance.
  • Sir James Dyson suffered through 5,126 failed prototypes before he landed on the first working Dyson vacuum.
  • Elvis Presley was fired from the Grand Ole Opry and was told to go back to truck driving.  

All of these famous people suffered great adversity, but they never gave up and it was ‘what they became’ as they fought back which is the most important thing. They changed as they fought to succeed, they created a core of steel and a never give up attitude.
Thoughts for the week:

  1. How do you view adversity?
  2. Do you see it as negative or positive?
  3. The Reframe technique encourages you to find the seed of something positive in every negative situation.
  4. This week see if you can observe how you are growing in the pressure situations as this will really help you embrace these tough times and to view them differently.  

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and stay positive.
Warm regards


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