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Strong Minded

One thing I have learned to be lately in strong minded. Although I come from a determined family.

I have somehow developed the ability so that I can force myself to do things I don’t want to do, to gain something I want.


I suppose when you succeed in doing something you didn’t think you could, it’s easier to believe in yourself.

Listening back to my podcast project, quite a lot of my audio tracks are about developing self belief

Achieving a goal as a team is another great way to develop resilience

How to sort out any disagreement – stop the power running to it –

I read today and listened on the radio about the climate conference. People were casting their opinions about whether the climate conference should be held in person as it would mean air travel would have to be used to get the delegates there. I think it should be allowed as hopefully better quality conversations and possible agreements about climate saving policies can be reached, than on zoom where it’s harder to concentrate or engage fully in the topic.

What was really making it worse was that due to some poorly organised Brexit deals we were facing a hostile French government who were annoyed, irritated even, by the worsening terms for their fishing supply chain. And the French minister reminded the residents of Guernsey that the French send power to the Island. If it wasn’t going to go their way, she implied they might switch off the supply of electricity.

Then so and so, was saying how immature the French are, using tactics like this to leverage themselves back into the fishing game. I thought it was alright, its fairly usual for someone to withhold what the other wants, if they aren’t getting what they are happy with. Even Coldplay have decided to release a song about power (Higher Power).

The worst part, is this bleeding fish row, taking away time and resources which could be re-focused on the climate debate. A few years ago a key climate meeting was taking place, when a terrorist attack occurred. It swung the attention onto terror (which was obviously awful too). It’s just with issues like climate whenever there’s a diversion or disruption, it can make it fall down the list of things to do.

I voted Brexit, years ago, when I had a postal vote. That means you vote early by ten days. The Brexit campaign was very strong. It was all about the bureaucracy in Brussels and how we’d save money for the NHS if we leave. Probably what I wanted was a stronger sense of English citizenship from people resettling in our country. Although maybe we all just want the same things, opportunity to make a living and have a reasonably contented life. Like the fish, and the fishing. There is room for all.

Give us enough fish and we won’t stop your supply of power….

How to activate your response…

woman falling in line holding each other
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Before you jump to conclusions…. I want to talk about group behaviour, and how to become more effective.

Presently we have many restrictions which mean that we have to stand apart when in person.

This doesn’t mean we have to manage all our battles alone. I have worked in care and support for 4 years and retail for 3. Of those periods I have been in a Union for 3.5.

I’m writing from my home in central Bristol where in June the crowd pulled down the Colston statue.

If you want change in your neighbourhoods or at work I strongly recommend you join the relevant Union. For example in the UK Unite and Unison are the leading Unions. But there are many Unions specific to whichever niche you work in.

And lastly, back to the group picture. Its easy for an organisation to ignore a single claimant but when more people add their voice to the table, more can be done to improve conditions at work or in our area.

Ok, I didn’t actually like the statue toppling. Despite agreeing with the many points it represented. I’ve done many career pathway courses and step-up programmes. Not all opportunities are deliberately held out of reach of segments of society, but some opportunities are more difficult to reach out to.

Sajid Jarvid recently inspired me by his example, and I really enjoyed listening to a podcast on The Times online where he spoke about his challenges getting the right education as a son in a family where the expectations were low.

With the right network of encouragement and support anyone can achieve anything anyone can achieve incrementally more than expectations. Like we see with computer algorithms there are some lucky moments where the universe gives us a supercharged boost upwards, although these are not guaranteed.