It’s All About Perspective

It’s been a good productive week this week with an international call to confirm a keynote talk in Germany, a great meeting with Rolls Royce to discuss further work and a fabulous full day Masterclass for a large organisation in the East Midlands.

I have been in discussions with my contact Natalie in Germany for a couple of weeks and we finally agreed terms for me to deliver my popular Mental Resilience Keynote talk at a conference in Berlin in November. I have never been to Berlin so that will be both exciting and enjoyable.

A great guy called Marcel

This booking has a history to it. Earlier this year I spoke at an event in Dortmund where I was booked by a great guy called Marcel Deveraux. This was a wonderful event and my talk was well received. Thinking about it the history goes even further back because I met Marcel around two years ago.

We first met when I presented my Masterclass to the Pilkington Glass NSG group to leaders from across the world and Marcel liked my presentation very much. He then booked me to speak in Dortmund. On the back of my talk in Dortmund I was recommended to deliver my keynote talk to a conference in Dresden which I did at the end of June.


Following this talk in Dresden I was approached by Natalie the organiser of the conference in Berlin and I am now speaking in Berlin in November. It is very interesting how my work is coming in now. It seems to be from two sources – firstly by people seeing me speak or run my Masterclasses and secondly from recommendations.

I have also just been booked by someone else who saw me speak at the Dresden conference and they have booked me to speak in Stockholm in September which is also very exciting as I have never been to Sweden.

An excellent group

The Masterclass I delivered this week was such fun and very enjoyable. I am honoured to be in a position of really loving what I do and, in the process, changing people’s lives for the better. It is very humbling to receive feedback from across the world letting me know how people have been impacted.

I came across this article in Word for Today and it made me think:

It’s all about perspective

“You must try to keep your problems in perspective. You’ve probably heard the saying: ‘I grumbled because I had no shoes, then I met a man who had no feet.’

In a Peanuts cartoon, Snoopy looks in and sees the family sitting around the table enjoying Thanksgiving dinner while he’s outside eating dog food. ‘How about that?’ he thinks. ‘Everybody’s eating turkey today, but because I’m just a dog I get dog food.’

Then he suddenly regains his perspective. ‘Of course, things could be worse – I could have been born a turkey!’

How big or how difficult our problem appears to be is often a matter of perspective. Most difficulties we face are pretty insignificant in the larger scheme of things.

When a friend gets cancer or loses a loved one, we’re reminded of just how petty our issues are. Author James Agee recalled how he once struck up a conversation with an impoverished elderly woman in the heart of Appalachia during the Great Depression.

She lived in a tiny shack with dirt floors, no heat, and no indoor plumbing. ‘What would you do,’ he asked, ‘if someone gave you some money to help you out?’

The woman thought for a moment and answered, ‘I guess I’d give it to the poor.’

Realising there are people around you who have much bigger problems than yours brings gratitude and perspective.”

Thoughts for the week:

1. How do you see problems which you face?
2. Do you realise you have the power choose how you view your problems?
3. You don’t have to go into autopilot and respond in the usual way.
4. You can choose to change your perspective and see it differently.
5. This week when faced with something see if you can change the perspective.

Well that’s it for this week have a great bank holiday weekend and keep Believing.

Warm regards


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