How to Thrive Under Pressure


Take Time To Learn How To Thrive Under Pressure

We all face pressure and difficulties in our lives and sometimes when we face those dark days, we wonder why it’s happening and we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve found that although I couldn’t always see it at the time, those challenges helped me learn some great lessons and set me on a new path in my life. I’ve learned that when I feel fearful, worried, nervous etc. it’s an opportunity to learn something new about myself.

Changing our strategies when we’re going through a stressful situation can really help us to change our perspective and to develop much greater resilience. In this TED X talk by a great blogger and incredibly inspiring person Dr Andrea Dinardo, she shares some wonderful tips on how to deal with those stressful situations.

Dr Dinardo talks about the diamond inside waiting to be discovered, which certainly fits with my philosophy of helping myself and others to reveal our Brilliance Within. Maybe watching Dr Dinardo’s Ted X talk you’ll be a step closer to revealing your diamond…

Here’s a link to Dr Dinardo’s full blog post:


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  1. May 21, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I’m pretty bendy. Until listening to Dr. D, I’d never thought of myself as a palm tree, but yes, OK, I can go there. Being flexible is key, and I’ve learned to be so. I was out on my own at 15. Even though my loving foster Mother Helen Ruth had prepared me for living my highest and best life the best she could, I still had a whole lot to learn, which I could only do on my own. Yet, I was determined to bend not break. I was determined to learn, grow, and yes thrive.

    It took a few years of surviving by the skin of my chinny chin chin, but what a nice feeling to know that I faced the challenges, and am still here to testify about them. So yeah, I’ll be a palm tree. Come to think of it, in my travels I’ve seen many palm trees, and some were in high risk areas for nasty storms. I’ve never seen one bent.

    • Wendy
      May 22, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing such a personal experience Jen – how wonderful that you’ve kept on bending and growing. I see you spreading your palm leaves and keeping your roots firmly fixed in the face of adversity… Wow – yes you’re a very strong palm who spreads some beautiful positivity to others… Thankyou!!! xx

  2. May 19, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    This is such an inspiring talk by Andrea. I’ve heard it before but still watched it again as there’s so many nuggets of wisdom in there. Thanks Wendy and I hope you’re enjoying a wonderfully royal weekend. xx🙂

    • Wendy
      May 19, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      Thanks Miri… she’s great isn’t she! The Royal Wedding was truly fabulous and I enjoyed watching every minute.. then round to my sisters for a Royal Wedding Barbecue – yep it was lovely – and even the sun shone brightly – truly magical! I hope you’ve enjoyed a lovely weekend too Miri.. xx

      • May 19, 2018 / 11:59 pm

        Thanks Wendy, how lovely. Yes, I watched the wedding too, it was very special. I’ve had a wonderful weekend so far. Tash and Kyle are home so it’s been lovely having everyone here. Time to get up now and help Doug make a ‘big breaky’! Talk soon xx 🙂

        • Wendy
          May 22, 2018 / 6:32 pm

          Ooo sounds like you had a fabulous weekend! Brilliant and I’m sure Doug enjoyed that full monty breakfast!! xxx

    • Wendy
      May 16, 2018 / 7:58 pm

      We all have our own diamond shining bright and sometimes we just need to uncover it… xx

  3. May 16, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Good post. Tunnels can get dark sometimes. I know there’s always light at the end, but the dark is still hard to deal with.

    • Wendy
      May 16, 2018 / 5:41 pm

      Yes you’re right Fed – sometimes it’s difficult to see the light but it’s always there waiting to be revealed when we change our thoughts… xx

  4. May 16, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    You have NO idea how timely that was. I have a young man, my stepson, under my roof at the moment and he is soooo negative. He has begun to reach out for help and I think this video will really be a light bulb moment for him. Thank you Saint Wendy (see, you are one too 😉 ) This is a greater gift than you can imagine

    • Wendy
      May 16, 2018 / 5:43 pm

      Wow – you’ll have to get him to join our Brilliance Within Club! I’m delighted that this may be the spark of inspiration he needs. Dr Andrea Dinardo’s blog has lots of great nuggets too… Good luck xx

      • May 16, 2018 / 6:28 pm

        It’s petits pas (baby steps) at the moment but I will try to guide him towards Brilliance Within for all the reasons you know I feel. As for Dr Andrea – I am convinced it is a good starting point. And as I have told him … sometimes we need to feel we are the bottom to accept we need a hand climbing up! xx

        • Wendy
          May 16, 2018 / 7:55 pm

          That’s so true and I’ve learned over the years that those moments we hit rock bottom can lead to our greatest opportunities to make the changes we need to make… We simply don’t see it at the time though – particularly when we’re younger. It’s something I’ve learned with age. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – one of my favourite quotes. A small step in a different direction leads to a whole new journey and yes – we all need a helping hand and he’s lucky to have you to keep offering yours… xxx

          • May 16, 2018 / 8:18 pm

            Wisdom, Mary – yours is wisdom! xxx

          • Wendy
            May 17, 2018 / 12:09 am

            Probably just old age… but I’ll take wisdom – thanks Mary!! Maybe we’re turning into the ‘elders’…

          • May 17, 2018 / 12:23 am

            I rather fear we are … God help the youngers 😀

          • Wendy
            May 17, 2018 / 12:44 am

            They rarely listen anyway so they’re probably safe! xx

          • May 17, 2018 / 1:39 pm

            Rarely is a win!

          • Wendy
            May 19, 2018 / 11:45 pm

            That’s very true my lovely friend! xx

  5. May 16, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Thank you for sharing my TEDx talk with your readers Wendy! Your generosity and reflections on my video warm my heart. 💞 #grateful

    • Wendy
      May 16, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      How lovely! Thank you so much for warming my heart too.. xx

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