Earlier this week I was contacted by someone who had been selected to take part in Growing Talent in 2019. Growing Talent is an employment empowerment programme I run, which has been on hold since March 2020 due to Covid (www.growing-talent.co.uk).
At the time they had many personal pressures to deal with which had reduced their self-confidence to an all-time low whilst greatly increasing their anxiety – exhausting as we all know.
They worked hard to complete the Orientation Week – confidence building workshops – prior to going on the employer’s site working well with their peers on team and individual challenges. Gradually shoots of growing self-confidence started to appear. More importantly, a smile returned to their face.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t maintain the routine of work back in 2019 and left before completing the programme. This made their contact this week even more thought provoking.
They have been a carer for over a year working extensive shifts caring for the vulnerable is tough enough for anyone let alone doing this role in the middle of a global pandemic. The people this person supports all have varying stages of dementia – challenging for individuals, family, friends and carers.
Finding the strength to make decisions and changes in their personal life took massive courage. With everything going on, they still put others first and decided to move into the care home to support their peers and residents as much as possible. Unfortunately, they got Covid themselves and had to self-isolate. Now the residential care home is currently Covid free – a big relief for all.
As I’m reading all of this information they sent, my pride and admiration swelled. Their growth from 2019 to now is inspirational. The reason they wanted to get in touch now was to not only share their journey but thank me for my teachings.
‘Anyway, my point is, that, no way could I have gotten through the turmoil of Covid in a Dementia Care home and self-loathing induced by personal pressures if it hadn’t been for your teachings and even that week of lessons really in prep for growing talent. Thank you for the lessons, thank you for the courage and the self-belief you instilled in me, before I could really believe in myself’.
As a trainer/facilitator passionate about encouraging people and businesses to be the best they can, I often wonder about those who aren’t ready to move forward. I know see, even instilling a short time of self-belief and proactive personal nurturing makes a difference to them long term.
What’s the point in sharing this with you? To share we may not always know the outcome of something we do – that doesn’t mean it isn’t powerful and positive.
Never stop trying to do what you know is right. You are having a bigger, positive impact than you may realise.