We Only Grow When We Face Challenges

It’s been a fun week this week with various booking with clients both speaking, and coaching and I just love the variety of the things I do. I love coaching one to one, running my full day and half day Masterclasses, and speaking to larger audiences from the stage.

I’ve mentioned the flywheel before where it takes a huge effort to get this huge heavy flywheel going, but once it gathers momentum it just needs a light touch to keep it moving.

The hard work pays off

The hard work required to generate the momentum is then rewarded with the success which comes as a result of the hard work. The extra reward is that the flywheel only requires the occasional touch to keep it spinning once you have put that original hard work in.

The highlight from this week has been a wonderful coaching session with a client with a great result and a really good breakfast business meeting in Burton on Trent.

What a fabulous morning

This breakfast business meeting was run by Astute Recruitment and hosted by the wonderful Branston Golf Club. What a fabulous venue this is and what a treat to present my keynote talk on Mental Resilience to an appreciative audience.

The feedback was fabulous, and I sold quite a few books at the end. I have some interest for follow up work from this which is an extra bonus. Mental Resilience is an important topic which is proving to be very popular across the marketplace.

Mental Resilience a hot topic

Wellbeing is something many organisations are implementing across their workforces and my talks and Masterclasses complement this really well. Staff are feeling under pressure and completely stressed out and the techniques I teach help with this.

I came across this story about hard work paying off and I like it.

2. The Obstacle in our Path

“There once was a very wealthy and curious king. This king had a huge boulder placed in the middle of a road. Then he hid nearby to see if anyone would try to remove the gigantic rock from the road.

The first people to pass by were some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers. Rather than moving it, they simply walked around it. A few loudly blamed the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them tried to move the boulder.

He did the right thing

Finally, a peasant came along. His arms were full of vegetables. When he got near the boulder, rather than simply walking around it as the others had, the peasant put down his load and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. It took a lot of effort, but he finally succeeded.

The peasant gathered up his load and was ready to go on his way when he saw a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The peasant opened the purse. The purse was stuffed full of gold coins and a note from the king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a reward for moving the boulder from the road.

The king showed the peasant what many of us never understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”

There is hope

This quote from Napoleon Hill is something I have lived and believed for many years and it has helped me find hope in every negative situation. “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”

Thoughts for the week:

1. How do you handle the negative things which hit you on a daily basis?
2. This week whenever something negative hits you try to find the seed of something positive.
3. I believe that the only time we grow in character and comfort zone is when we are under pressure, so when things go wrong we are growing as we go through those situations.
4. Embrace the tough times and know that you are growing. When you are not under pressure you are resting and recovering – enjoy that time.

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

Warm regards


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