Overcoming challenges and promoting others – and April review

Overcoming challenges and promoting others – and April review

This blog serves as a weekly wellbeing blog and an end of month (April review) 

Weekly blog section 

Hi All. I hope that you have all had a good week. How did you find my blog post from last week? Did you take on board any of the advice about asking for help and for seeking professional assistance? Did you find it helped? Let me know as it would be good to know. Plus if you want any more advice around that area please let me know.

As some of you know who follow my weekly blogs, each week I look at things which are either experienced by lived experience of the moment and or inspired by the fitness and wellness journey that I am currently on. Last week I looked at setting goals and approaching challenges as I am adjusting and adapting following an injury which I sustained to my hand about two weeks ago.

I work in a stressful work environment and looking after physical fitness and mental fitness is important toward surviving and thriving in such an environment. I can imagine that many can empathise and relate to working in a stressful environment and the effect that this has on the mind and body if left unchecked. In many instances it feels like a ‘dog-eat-dog’ world where everyone is watching their own tail and attacking the one person before they get attacked. One could argue that such an environment promotes aggressive competitism, but one could also argue that this toxic environment has far worse effects toward oneself and the working relationship that one has with others. What if I could tell you that you could get others to be more productive through actively supporting and promoting them? And what if I could tell you that through actively supporting and promoting others, that they will in turn actively support and promote you, and that this will enhance you not only in your career, but in your mental and in your physical wellbeing?

I am going to look at how promoting others may be the best thing you can do.


How promoting others may be the best thing you can do.

We are often so quick to promote ourselves. Whilst there is nothing wrong with promoting oneself at work, and if done right can yield good results in terms of career progression, I think there is also some stock in promoting others and getting the best out of others. Are you a manager or a leader in your team? How do you manage your team? Do you micro-manage? Do you threaten? Do you scold? You may be getting results, but are you promoting creativity or are you just ensuring productivity? Some companies have a high turnover of staff because staff either want to progress within their careers, the people do not like the style of management, the people do not feel valued or appreciated or challenged, etc.

Understanding why someone may leave a job may go some way toward understanding how to keep people. As mentioned, sometimes it is not about being recognised by management for hard work. Sometimes it is about working with difficult or challenging co-workers. Sometimes it is about being bored and unchallenged. Sometimes it is about experiencing conflicts of interests that make working there difficult. Let us focus on three points though, and lets look at how they can help to promote.

First, lack of acknowledgement from management. If you are a manager, if you manage a small team, or even if you are part of a small team, acknowledge others. Acknowledge others through positive affirmation, be it from thanking them for their hard work done for the day, or congratulating them for completing the project. Thanking and congratulating someone infront of their colleagues will go a long way toward boosting their self-esteem and self-morale, but also the esteem and morale of the team. I have seen in my job that when I thank my colleagues or those who I am supervising infront of their peers, it boosts their self-esteem, morale and productivity. I have found that I have got the best out of them by celebrating and promoting them, and that when I have asked them to do things, that they have not only done these things, but they have gone above and beyond what is asked of them because they want to pay back that thanks through improved productivity. If you lead an increasingly productive team, you are promoting yourself as a good leader and a good manager. And that is a pretty good form of self-promotion.

Second, lack of contribution from others or working with challenging work colleagues. A challenge that can be experienced in the workplace is that sometimes you may feel that you work with colleagues who do not contribute an equal amount toward the collective workload, or where you work with colleagues who may be difficult to work with. Promote people who work hard, but don’t be scared to reprimand those who don’t pull their weight. Include it in their supervision and work with them to help them improve: but don’t help dead weight to float. Try what you can, but you cannot keep someone’s head above water if they don’t bother to put in some of the effort. If you see someone who is not contributing, maybe ask what interests them, and also consider if they are potentially not stimulated, which brings me to the third point.

Third, lack of stimulation (being bored and unchallenged). People may also feel less valued and may be more inclined to look around if they feel lack of stimulation. If someone is bored and unchallenged, it most likely because their strengths are not being celebrated or utilised. If someone is a good innovator, put them in an area where they are able to suggest and try new ideas. If you put an innovator in a role where they pack boxes, they may do the job, but because you are not utilising their strengths, the likelihood of them looking for a role where their strengths may be used is quite high. A way to recognise the strengths of someone is to look and listen. Talk to them. Discover their interests. Observe them. What are they good at? What do they excel at? Are they good with completing tasks? Are they good with computers? Maybe consider asking them to create a job presentation which utilises computer programmes? Look and listen.

Through helping to promote others, we in turn promote ourselves, as the performance of our team is a reflection of us as a manager and or leader. A team that is performing well and which is consistently improving with a team that is highly motivated is a team where people are acknowledged, where the lazy are asked to step up and the hard working are recognised for their efforts, and where people are challenged, stimulated and worked toward their strengths.

End of month evaluation (April) blog section 

This blog also counts as an evaluation blog for March (I have set out to do one a month and need to stick to it). I have been beset by a few unfortunate drawbacks (illness, injury), so I am not going to be too hard on myself, but this will help me to keep to track of myself.

Evaluation on 30/04/19 as: weight as 95.2kg, waist as 102cm.

When I started my programme on 28/01/18 I weighed 102.3kg, with a waist of 110cm.

Upon remeasure on 28/02/18 I weighed in as 98.2kg, with a waist of 106cm, accounting for a 4.1kg drop and 4cm reduction in waist.

Upon remeasure on 29/03/19 I currently weigh at 96.8kg with a waist of 104cm. This would account for a 1.4kg drop and a 2cm reduction in waist. This would also account for a substantially less weight loss from Month 1 to Month 2 (4.1 to 1.4, difference of 2.7).

Upon remeasure today on 30/04/19 I currently weight at 95.2kg with a waist of  102cm. This would account for a reduction of 1.6kg and 2cm reduction of the waist. This comes as a surprise to me as my fitness and activity levels have been less than usual, however I have been walking and trying to watch what I eat.

On review of the last month it has also made me reflect on a few things and to see how I can plan for personal rehabilitation.

When you go from weight training 3-4 times a week to being able to just about walk is making quite a jump down in activity and metabolic activation. With that type of adjustment it makes sense to review the diet and to eat less, but when you have good days and bad days on the road to recovery, not every day can be a good healthy eating day. That is not to say that I have fallen back into my days of emotional eating (blog: Time to embrace your flabs (and it’s not what you think) – https://wordpress.com/post/fitfornearly40.wordpress.com/50). Far from it. There have just been days when it was difficult to keep to a strict diet routine, be it due to gastrointestinal reactions caused by the medication, or by the limitations of cooking with one hand.

That all said, and in review of the measurements for the past month, I am looking forward in terms of the following:

  1. Full hand healing, recovery and rehabilitation
  2. Cardiovascular work, weight training (legs) and some core work

The main focus is to get my hand healed. No point in jumping into the free weights with a healing scar on the palm of your hand. It’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process.


I have purchased some hand strengtheners off Amazon. I will let you know how I get on with them. I also say an occupational health specialist and they have recommended some safe rehabilitation exercises for me to perform.

In summary, a team that is performing well and which is consistently improving with a team that is highly motivated is a team where people are acknowledged, where the lazy are asked to step up and the hard working are recognised for their efforts, and where people are challenged, stimulated and worked toward their strengths.

Also, where life may put you in a situation where you have to recover from a physical injury, look at ways to stay healthy but safe. The journey will take time but don’t rush the road to recovery.

I hope you have found the blog of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.

A bit about the author:I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders. Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders. In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars. 


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