Do not neglect the gift you have
“Luigi Tarisio was born in Italy in 1796. A collector of violins, he took great pride in scouting out rare finds, and purchasing only instruments of the finest quality. No one really knew about Tarisio’s passion, however, until after he died.
It was while his estate was being appraised that some 246 valuable violins were discovered in his attic! One of the most expensive, hidden in the drawer of an old dresser, was a Stradivarius he’d purchased from someone who had also bought it solely as a collector’s item.
Commenting on the matter, Dr W. Y. Fullerton, the gifted Baptist preacher, noted that in preserving the instrument Tarisio ‘had robbed the world of all that music’. And others before him had done the same.
In fact, by the time the greatest Stradivarius in his collection was finally played, 147 years had elapsed!
One psychologist said, ‘Don’t die with your music still inside you…Don’t get to the end of your life and say, “What if my whole life has been wrong?”’
You have been given gifts and it’s your job to discover them and use them. If you wait until you can do it perfectly, you’ll never do it at all.”
This spoke to me
Wow this really spoke to me. I was given a gift for sport and ended up playing basketball for England and also professionally. At that time, I was using my gift and fulfilled a particular purpose I had. Then over the next 30 years I drifted from job to job not really using my other gifts and I wasn’t fulfilled.
Then 10 years ago I started my current business to help people with their Mental Resilience and now 10 years down the road I am using my gifts to help many people. This is extremely exciting for me as I am 66 years of age and just warming up.
Today is World Mental Health Day and more than ever mental health is a huge issue. The lockdown in March was bad but in many ways, what is happening now is much worse. For infection rates to be skyrocketing like they are smashes everything we believed about this pandemic.
It isn’t over. It is making a comeback and we now don’t know what is going to happen in the future. In March it exploded across the world but within a few weeks it was slowing down, then decreasing to a level which was very low indeed.
We don’t know what is going to happen
Now suddenly rates are rising, and we don’t know what the future holds. This uncertainty causes mental anguish and can lead to mental health issues.
It’s not what happens to us which counts – it’s how we respond which makes all the difference.
Over the past month I have run 3 full day Masterclasses on behalf of Live and Learn on Zoom. These Mental Resilience Masterclasses received wonderful feedback and it makes be very happy to be doing what I do.
Delegates can take control
The techniques I share and the evidence I reveal helps the delegates to grasp that they have control of how they respond to negative situations. Once they understand this, they can improve their Mental Health by improving their mental responses.
People can’t believe that I can run an engaging and effective Masterclass on Zoom for 6 hours! The reason these work so well is the application of the three learning styles Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic. I use videos, individual and group exercises, slides, me speaking and breakout rooms for group discussion and feedback.
I have more booked this month and next month with different organisations and I am excited with the potential I have to help so many over the internet.
A brand-new Masterclass
There is a particular company who have booked me for two full days at the end of this month, but they also wanted a one-hour motivation session from me for one of their team meetings in Edinburgh. The challenge I had was some of those attending the one-hour session will also be attending the full day session.
This meant I had to create a brand-new session without using the content from the full day session. It took me a few days, but I am extremely excited about this new session I have created as it includes new videos, new techniques, and a good dose of inspiration. I have run the content by the client, and they are very happy.
Thoughts for the week
- What gifts do you have?
- Are you currently using them all?
- This week think about your natural gifts and see if you can work out a plan to use them over your lifetime.
- Don’t die with your song still inside you.
- It is never too late. I am 66 years of age and I am pivoting my business to online delivery.
I am receiving some great reviews from people reading my new book 100 Days to Mental Resilience and this is the link to it:
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep Believing.