Posts Tagged ‘training’


God needs all of us, those who have gained university degrees and passed all their schools/college exams with great grades, but he also needs the rest of us too.

To serve God we don’t need to have lots or qualifications, in fact we don’t need to have any qualifications, we simply need to give our lives fully to God and He will give us all the knowledge and training we need to tell others about Him.

Are you a creature of habit?

Do you always go the same route from home to work; or maybe you always sit at on the same seat when you attend church; maybe you always sit on the same seat when you meet your boss in their office?

A few years ago the I was on a training course with work where they asked us if we always did things the same. e.g. Always sat in the same seat in meetings, always had coffee at a specific time etc, and as I was attending the course with a few of my work colleagues, they all turned at looked at me when these questions were asked.

creature of habitNow those of you who have known me for a while will know that I have never been one to be predictable, so imagine my shock when I realised that I had become quite predictable in some things as far as my work colleagues were concerned! That day I decided that I was not going to be so predictable from then on.

When I went to meetings in my boss’ office with her, both of us used to always sit in the same seats around the table in her office. So the first time I went to my boss’ office for a meeting with her, when I got back to the office I reminded myself, “Don’t sit in the same seat you always sit in”….so I didn’t I sat in a seat round the other side of the table from normal. My boss who had been sitting at her desk when I went into her office, got up to come and sit at the table with me, stopped abruptly when she saw where I was sitting, looked slightly confused, and then sat in a different seat from her normal.

I had obviously thrown her by sitting in a different seat, she was obviously a creature habit too!

Ever since then, I have been very conscious when I go to meetings etc not to always sit in the same seat or do things at the same time every day, because if there’s one thing I don’t want to be is predictable!

When someone asks for help with something that you are proficient or knowledgeable in, do you volunteer to help as soon as they request help, or do you wait until either someone else volunteers you or you realise you really are the only person who can help so guilt gets the better of you, so you volunteer?

Why is it that even when we’re knowledgeable in a subject/topic, we can still be unwilling to share our knowledge?

  • Are we scared of showing ourselves up by being unable to help?
  • Are we secretly hoping they will fail?
  • Do we think we haven’t got the knowledge or experience to help?
  • Do we think the best thing they can do is work out the answer for themselves?
  • We just don’t want to volunteer our services/help

My honest answer is I don’t know why sometimes I don’t help when I have the knowledge or experience to do so. I simply wondered if any of you have any thoughts on this, and if so could you share them with us?

power in sharing

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

What makes a person beautiful? Their looks, their knowledge, their experience, their life experiences, their faults and failures?

I guess all these things together make someone beautiful, because beauty isn’t necessarily about looks, but is about the person themselves, their character and their personality, but also their life-experiences.

Having been on a lot of work related training courses over the years, I realised very early on in my career that when a training course is led by someone who has simply read the books and remembered the theory, but has no workplace experience in the area they are teaching, they struggle to be able to give any kind of helpful advice about real-life situations. In other words, it’s best to learn from those who have experienced real-life than those who know the theory, as it’s only through actually experiencing particular circumstances you truly understand the situation and the feelings/emotions those involved will be going through.

So learn from those who have real-life experiences, as they truly understand the do’s and don’ts because they have been there themselves.

knowledge is experience

You can’t beat experience

In the last few weeks I’ve heard a couple of people say this several times, and it got me thinking…

Each occasion I heard this used in recently, was in relation to the experience that someone had in their job, and the comments inferred that the less experienced people while ok at their job, did not possess that little bit extra knowledge that you can only gain through experience.

Do those looking for their first job, or those looking to take a step up the managerial tree always get given the chance to get the experience they need to be given further responsibility or promotions? In my experience, the answer to that is definitely no!

Have you ever been told you haven’t been successful in a job application because you don’t have the experience required? Let me just ask this, if people don’t get given the opportunity/experience to take on added responsibilities/roles, how will they ever gain the experience required to successfully find employment or gain promotion in the area they lack experience?

If you are an employer or someone who performs a recruitment role, I urge you to give inexperience a chance, and give someone the opportunity to gain the experience they need “on the job”.


We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. ~ John W Gardner

…and the fact that these opportunities are brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems is the reason we find it so difficult to cope when problems arise in our life.

Problem solving is something I enjoy doing, it’s part of my job, to find IT solutions to problems. I’ve always enjoyed problem solving, as I was always quite good at maths at school and when I was younger I used to do those logic problem quizzes. All this doesn’t mean I enjoy life when I face “insoluble problems”, far from it, as I find them just as difficult as the next person to cope with.

Just remember that, as the above quote says, what might seem like an insoluble problem is actually a great opportunity in disguise, so make sure you grab those opportunities with both hands!


How many times have you found yourself saying, or heard someone else saying, “It just seems to be nothing but one problem after another”?

And how many times have your or someone else responded by saying, “They’re not problems, just challenges”?

To be honest I’ve never really liked that statement, “They’re not problems, just challenges“. I’m not entirely sure what it is about that statement that I’ve never really liked, but I do know that there are times in everyone’s life when some things are definitely problems and not challenges!

As far as I’m concerned, some problems can be challenging, but not every challenge is a problem! I hope that makes some kind of sense to you!

Whether you prefer the word “challenge” to “problem“, try not to be problem minded…be solution minded. After all if we go looking for solutions we usually find them, so surely the same can be said of problems…if we go looking for problems, we will find them!

At the start of this year, I shared with you my aims for this year (Welcome to 2012) – not my new year resolutions, but what I aim to achieve this year. Then at the end of both January and February, I gave you a monthly update on how I was doing. So now it’s time for my March update:

  • Eat healthier
    • As I was on a couple of courses at work during this last month, I didn’t manage to eat quite as healthily as previous months while at work
    • Having said that, overall I still think I’m doing ok with this one, as I’m still eating healthier both at home and in the office, including eating lots more fruit that I used to!
  • Lose some weight
    • As I said against my previous aim, I was on a couple of courses at work during this last month, so didn’t manage to eat as healthily at work as I had been previously, so I thought it unlikely I would have lost any weight this month
    • Much to my surprise though I found I had lost some more weight…not as much as previous months, but it was still another pound! So very happy to still be moving in the right direction
  • Spend more time reading my bible
    • Struggled a bit with this in this last month, mainly do to the amount of pre course work and homework we got on the training courses I attended at work in the last month.
    • I know I should manage my time better to ensure I am still able to spend time reading my bible each day, but between homework and struggling physically quite a bit in this last month, it’s just not been possible
  • Don’t let pain rule my life
    • I’ve had quite a few days this last month where I’ve really struggled to cope with pain levels, however I’ve managed to keep going each day even although it was really difficult to find the physical and emotional energy to keep going at times…but I managed it!
  • Get back to playing tennis as stopped playing in 2003 when I first wasn’t well
    • Still managing to go for about a half hour walk most days (apart when on my two training courses), so I’m happy with my progress on this, and have noticed a difference in my stamina levels.
    • This nice warm weather in the last few days has even got me feeling like I want to play tennis again which is good news
    • My plan at present is to hopefully go and hit a ball around for no more than 15 minutes the first time, hopefully sometime in the next 2-3 weeks…I’ll let you know in my next update whether I manage this
  • Put aside a minimum of 5 minutes each day to spend some quiet-time with God
    • As with reading my bible more, I’ve not managed this much this last month. Agin this is mainly due to the amount of pre course work and homework I had to do for my two training course, as well as because I was struggling with pain levels
  • Get back to playing the piano regularly as it’s been a while
    • Still not managed this one!
  • Go on holiday – we’ve not been away anywhere since 2002
    • Again, no progress on this one yet!
  • Keep on top of the housework (especially the ironing mountain!)
    • Definitely not getting anywhere with this one either as still too many other demands on my time any my energy these days
  • More patience and understanding of others
    • Definitely one of my most challenging aims, but I am finding that when I’m getting impatience I am reminding myself not to become impatient…it’s definitely not working all the time, but has helped a little!
    • More prayer for patience is still required I think!
  • Stop procrastinating
    • Managing a bit better with this one both in February and March, so definite progress being made

So there you go, there’s my honest answers to how I’m getting on with my aims for 2012 – To summarise my progress to date…it’s going OK so far, as I’m continuing in the right direction with a number of my aims. However there are still some which I haven’t made any progress on to-date, so there’s still room for improvement in the coming months.

How about you, are you succeeding with your aims for 2012 so far?

Whatever your aims for this year, I pray you may be making progress in your aims for 2012, and that come the end of the year you will have achieved all God had planned for you this year!

Yesterday I asked Do You Really Know Me?, and then highlighted that we can often know people for many years, but in reality not really know anything about them.

When we look at someone, we all (often subconsciously) judge them or put a label on them. Based on how little we often know about people we’ve known and spoken to for years, isn’t it quite ridiculous that just from seeing someone for a few minutes we think we can put a label on them.

Maybe the labels we put on people are positive ones, e.g. happy, friendly, welcoming etc. But often I think we tend to look for the negative in people. e.g. By labelling them unhappy, depressed, distant, unloving etc.

Just last week I was the subject of just such an incident – Last week I was on a training course with a number of my colleagues, and at various points we broke into small groups to discuss or work through some examples. Well on one occasion (having been in the same group for the previous discussion) we were put into groups again to discuss another area, and I was informed that “you have to lead this discussion because you didn’t look very happy during the last one”.

I would have happily led the discussion if it hadn’t been for the reason I was being told I had to lead the discussions! Had anyone bothered to ask me why I hadn’t seemed very happy during the previous discussions? Had I told anyone that I was unhappy at the way the previous discussions were led?

The answer to both these questions was definitely No! If anyone had bothered to ask me why I didn’t seem very happy, I would have told them why – I wasn’t feeling too good and was in a lot of pain.

Why am I telling you all this? Well I just want to highlight how easy it can be to make wrong assumptions about people. Assumptions which can then lead to things being said or done which hurt or upset others.

God doesn’t judge us on what He sees on the outside, it’s the inside that’s important. So I’d urge each of us to try not to judge others on how they look, talk to folk and find out about the real person inside…don’t jusge others from the outside, we’d hate it if they judged us simply by what they see!