Success Against All the Odds

This week has been a fun week and the highlight has been the Masterclass I ran for the staff of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) on behalf of Live and Learn. I have a great relationship with Lisa, Paul and the team at Live and Learn and I love working with them.

The Mental Resilience Masterclass was very well received by the staff and it was great fun working with them. They enjoyed the video clips, the exercises, the group work, the tips, the techniques and the inspirational stories I shared.

An honour to work with ASCL

It is an honour to work with such a prestigious organisation as the ASCL and it makes me even happier to receive such excellent feedback from them. The group I worked with were fabulous and they made the whole day very special.

There is great joy having the opportunity to change people’s lives like this and I never take it for granted. It always amazes me how a few simple techniques can have such an impact on people’s ability to handle stress and perform better under pressure.

BBC Radio Nottingham

I have just finished reviewing the newspapers on BBC Radio Nottingham from 10am to 11am this morning and this was very enjoyable. It was nice to pick out some amusing stories to share and to be able to help people sleep better by sharing my sleep technique live on Radio.

An inspiration

I came across this inspirational story about Sarah Jessica Parker who is famous for her role in Sex and the City, but I wasn’t aware of the hardship she faced as a child. She possessed an amazing amount of Mental Resilience which helped her maintain a positive mindset which led her to achieve great success.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Parker was born in a poor coal-mining town in rural Ohio, the youngest of four children. Her parents divorced when she was two, and her mother remarried shortly thereafter and had an additional four children.

Parker’s stepfather, a truck driver, was often out of work, so the future starlet took up singing and dancing at a very young age to help supplement her mom’s teaching income and feed their 10-person family.

She got encouragement from her mother

Despite hard times and occasionally being on welfare, Parker’s mom continued to encourage her children’s interest in the arts. The family moved to Cincinnati, where Parker was enrolled in a ballet, music, and theatre school on scholarship.

When she was 11 years old, the family took a trip to New York City, so Parker could audition for a Broadway play. The trip was a success—she and her brother were both cast, and the family relocated to New York.

Parker continued to work hard and land roles, eventually becoming the title character of TV juggernaut Sex and the City.

Thoughts for the week.

1. How much adversity are you facing right now?
2. Are you ready to give up?
3. If you give up, you will never know what could have been.
4. Take time this week to think about what you are facing and how you can keep going.
5. All successful people have faced many challenges, but they didn’t give up.

Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend and stay Positive.

Warm regards


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