Motivational Monday … (or motivation to perform at your best!)

Step byLeadership Specialist. Step Listening’s aim is to help you Perform At Your Best!  Whether in business or family life (it’s all related – isn’t it?)  So today our blog is from one of our team – Allison Galbraith and founder of Macintosh Wright who gives us a peek into what motivates her to perform at her best …


As I look to perform at my best, I often find myself looking for inspiration from others who have risen above seemingly impossible hurdles, met challenges head on and come out the other end much better people.

People like Jamie Andrew who continues climbing mountains despite losing both hands and feet in a climbing accident in 1999. Or Victor Frankl, Auschwitz survivor, who lived a full live following his liberation, establishing himself as a world renowned psychiatrist and writing many books including ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’.

And whilst I agree that these achievements are to be applauded and we can most certainly all learn from them, I wonder whether in looking at such a distant and high level we are missing inspiration which might lie closer to home. From amongst those we know and love. Whose achievements, whilst perhaps not in the same superhuman league, nevertheless because they involve someone we care about can have more of an impact in inspiring and motivating us to greater things?

What prompted this thinking was a phone call from my sister Susan about her husband Graham’s mishap. Graham had a nasty fall on the ice the week before Christmas and dislocated his knee – his leg was strapped up and he was given crutches as a temporary measure and told he would be in for an operation as soon as a slot could be found. And true to the hospital’s word, the operation was carried out before the year end.

Graham knew that his recovery is going to be long and painful but what he wasn’t expecting was to be back in hospital within a few hours of being discharged. It seems there was a problem with the wound which resulted in excessive bleeding, bad enough to prompt a ‘999’ call and, as Susan said, ‘the room looked like it was in the middle of the Battle of the Somme’

Now all this would be bad enough but Graham has had more than his fair share of problems in recent times. Firstly, there was his heart problem which necessitated a number of stays in hospital, an operation and continuing daily medication. Then he was diagnosed with testicular cancer – another operation and regular hospital visits for the next five years.

Having gone through all this, who could blame him if he became overwhelmed by the bad luck which has dogged him over the last few years? If he took it out on his family or became even the teeniest bit depressed?

I certainly wouldn’t but that’s not Graham’s way. His way is to find a joke and an upside to everything. And there is always an upside to be found. This time it is that, once they have patched his leg up again and discharged him, once he has sorted out with his boss some work to do from home, it will still leave plenty of time to get some extra guitar practice in. For playing the guitar is a recently discovered passion and the chance to give a boost to this newly acquired skill is just too good to miss.

And I find that …………truly motivational. To be able to rise above this latest setback and see the positive is a lesson for us all.

Graham’s story is an inspiration to me – who do you know who has done something which can motivate you to perform at your best? What needs to happen for you to perform at your best?

Thank you Allison for this great example, if you would like to be inspired by local everyday people just like you, that are overcoming the stresses and strains of this present economic climate please. People that strive to take their business from sole trader to small business or maybe are a small business with ambition to expand please do call us today about our Power Groups. We run them monthly in Havant, Fareham and Gosport Hampshire, and we have telephone sessions too. Call 01329 286648

Sheryl Andrews



About Step by Step Listening

I am the founder of Step by Step Listening and we started as a company that eradicated fear of failure and guilt for mums, we coached mums and daughters, we then worked with sole trader and small business owners and over the years we developed a unique ability to help people create the family or business they desire by being able to tap into the resource of being able to sell ideas/prodcuts/visions/services in a way that feels right and gets results. For some they are learning to sell and idea to themselves perhaps a dream or an ambition they have had for years, for others it could be selling responsibility and independence to a teenager or perhaps selling a vision or a change of structure to a team. What ever it is we use unique a unique facilitation and group process to help you discover when you are selling in a way that feels right that's like what?
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