What an amazing week this has been with the privilege of working with Rolls Royce again.
Kev Riley is the HSE Manager at Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick which is between West Yorkshire and Lancashire. He attended one of my Masterclasses around 4 years ago and he has told me that the session had a profound effect on him. So much so he contacted me recently to see if I could run my sessions for the Rolls Royce team in Barnoldswick.
We sorted the details out and he sent out an invitation to the staff with a view to book one session. Within the hour the requests to attend the 1-hour Masterclass had more than doubled the capacity so he immediately booked a second Masterclass to be run in the same day.
A wonderful day
I would like to put out a special thanks to Dannielle Firth who organised the day superbly. It was also a great pleasure to meet Brian MacMillan the Manufacturing Executive who runs the site, he approved the training and is pictured receiving a copy of my book which he has already started reading.
The two groups were excellent, and the feedback was wonderful. I am back in a couple of weeks and hopefully later to run Masterclass 2 and 3.
The moral here is not to give up when you think that things are not going to plan. You have to stay positive and believe that there will be a good outcome. During Covid Rolls Royce didn’t run any outside training and for nearly 3 years there was silence as they navigated the incredible challenges of Covid.
Don’t give up hope
It would have been easy to give up hope, but I simply kept in touch from time to time and then one day Steve Roebuck the Head of Quality Assurance and Certification in Derby contacted me for the first Rolls Royce booking. Now the word is getting round how powerful and effective these sessions are and I am receiving contact from various parts of the organisation.
I came across this story which made me think about making a difference in life and it really touched me.
The turtles in the cage
“Every Sunday morning, I take a light jog around a park near my home. There’s a lake located in one corner of the park. Each time I jog by this lake, I see the same elderly woman sitting at the water’s edge with a small metal cage sitting beside her.
This past Sunday my curiosity got the best of me, so I stopped jogging and walked over to her. As I got closer, I realized that the metal cage was in fact a small trap. There were three turtles, unharmed, slowly walking around the base of the trap. She had a fourth turtle in her lap that she was carefully scrubbing with a spongy brush.
‘Hello,’ I said. ‘I see you here every Sunday morning. If you don’t mind my nosiness, I’d love to know what you’re doing with these turtles.’
She smiled. ‘I’m cleaning off their shells,” she replied. “Anything on a turtle’s shell, like algae or scum, reduces the turtle’s ability to absorb heat and impedes its ability to swim. It can also corrode and weaken the shell over time.’
‘Wow! That’s really nice of you!’ I exclaimed.
She went on: ‘I spend a couple of hours each Sunday morning, relaxing by this lake and helping these little guys out. It’s my own strange way of making a difference.’
‘But don’t most freshwater turtles live their whole lives with algae and scum hanging from their shells?’ I asked.
‘Yep, sadly, they do,’ she replied.
I scratched my head. ‘Well then, don’t you think your time could be better spent? I mean, I think your efforts are kind and all, but there are freshwater turtles living in lakes all around the world. And 99% of these turtles don’t have kind people like you to help them clean off their shells.
So, no offense… but how exactly are your localized efforts here truly making a difference?’
The woman giggled aloud. She then looked down at the turtle in her lap, scrubbed off the last piece of algae from its shell, and said, ‘Sweetie, if this little guy could talk, he’d tell you I just made all the difference in the world.’”
We can make a difference
We can’t help everyone, but we can make a difference one person at a time. I am very privileged to be able to help many people through my Mind Resilience Masterclasses, my books and this blog. I am very grateful for this, but I can only help a certain number of people.
If I were to think about the millions of people I can’t help I would feel negative emotions, but by focusing on what I can do makes me feel like I am making a difference, and this keeps me going.
A simple act of love
Another way to make a difference is to help the people closest to you. My mum is 99 years of age, and I noticed a few days ago that her fingernails need cutting so today I am a nail technician who will make someone close to me very happy.
The result of this is that I will feel happy which will give me energy for the day, I will also have a warm fuzzy feeling throughout the day because of one simple act. It is a fact of life that when you help someone you always feel good afterwards and that feeling is so unique and beautiful that the only way you can experience it is by helping someone.
Thoughts for the week
- Have you given up on something you are hoping for?
- Does there seem to be no hope?
- Today think about this situation and see if you can rekindle your belief that this can happen.
- Sometimes it takes a lot longer for things to work out the way we want but if we give up hope then we give up on that dream.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and keep believing.