Resilience Masterclass with Dame Sian Phillips

We’re beyond excited to share a Resilience Masterclass

with Dame Sian Phillips to help you to Keep Your Thrive Alive.

Do you have someone in your life who inspires you every time you spend time with them?  For Mark, that person is his dear friend Sian. She is the most resilient person he’s ever met.  Whenever life knocks her down, and it has done with gusto, she jumps back up again even stronger!

Sian is a BAFTA winner, she received a Damehood for her contribution to British Theatre.  She’s been acting for over 75 years and is happier now, at the tender age of 86 than she’s ever been.  How does she do it?

In this month’s Keep Your Thrive Alive, Sian shares some of her personal strategies.
You’ll discover:

  • How to build a resilient mindset
  • How to achieve what you want in your career
  • How to bounce back from adversity to be a star performer
  • Simple strategies for being fit and fabulous!

We hope it helps you be your best self and sustain peak performance!

We look forward to seeing you again soon, in the meantime..

Be well and thrive

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23 Comments

  1. Mark Mulligan-Reply
    5th February 2020 at 11:01 am

    I love how Sian balances being crystal clear in what she wants from her career … whilst at the same time feeling that she is not that important.

    It’s great to see how a clarity of intention without an attachment to the outcome can lead to sustained happiness.

    What did you find most useful about this video?

  2. Sarah Bridges-Reply
    5th February 2020 at 11:19 am

    WoW! I thought I was resilient but I have to hand it to Dame Sian… she wins!

  3. evan belford-Reply
    6th February 2020 at 11:49 am

    This video has motivated me a lot to stay resilient during hard times.

    I’m looking forward to next month’s Keep Your Thrive Alive!

    • Mark-Reply
      6th February 2020 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Evan, glad you found the video useful. Sian is a very motivational woman.

  4. Kylie Roberts-Reply
    6th February 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Sian is truly wonderful. She’s so beautifully human – overcoming a set back right now and holding that disappointment at the same time as a zest for life and what is ahead. I love that her pilates teacher makes her work for it!

    • Mark-Reply
      6th February 2020 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Kylie! Sian loves a challenge whether it be physical or professional.

  5. Mike Howells-Reply
    6th February 2020 at 3:09 pm

    That was brilliant – she’s hard as nails! Less introspective than rigorously self-aware, she seems to strike a really supportive balance between making sure that her body is as strong as it can be and interrogating and challenging herself intellectually, making sure she’s as fit for whatever she desires as her purpose as she can possibly be.

    • Mark-Reply
      9th February 2020 at 5:12 pm

      Being fit … both mentally and physical for whatever life throws at you makes it so much easier to bounce back from life’s inevitable challenges. What I love about Sian’s approach is the realisation that it’s much easier to stay fit that it is to get fit.

      • Mike Howells-Reply
        11th February 2020 at 5:51 pm

        This is quite a deep thing to get into but I studied philosophy so I’m used to looking strange and pretentious.

        For context, I don’t believe in the soul.

        I’m a materialist – which means that I think that what we may refer to as the soul or the mind or sentience or consciousness is just an emergent property of the evolving responsive complexity of our brains. Neurons and synapses and electrical impulses – all just basic matter but behaving in wonderful ways. What this implies is that the mind/soul is utterly reliant on and limited by the lifespan of actual physical matter – the body.

        Therefore although I think that we need to do things to stimulate our thoughts and challenge our intelligence, if we don’t challenge our bodies, it has an impact on our resilience and our ability to endure when things aren’t perhaps going entirely our way.

  6. Julie Martin-Reply
    6th February 2020 at 7:31 pm

    What a fantastic video! I love that Sian is dedicated to herself without being selfish or self centered. Her message to stay true to what you really want to do but learning through the trials and tribulations is of such value. More importantly so because at this stage in her journey she is happy! and lives that happiness daily like we are all aiming to do! Well done Mark and Sian for such an uplifting clip!

    • Mark-Reply
      9th February 2020 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Julie!

  7. Laura-Reply
    7th February 2020 at 11:28 am

    What an inspiration. We can all learn from Sian’s philosophy. She is real proof that if you life true to yourself it will serve you well. Thanks for sharing this Mark.

  8. Kay-Reply
    7th February 2020 at 6:13 pm

    What an inspirational lady! Great tips to reflect on.
    Thank you for sharing

  9. Oriana-Reply
    9th February 2020 at 4:05 pm

    I love her description of the mindset of resilience, and also the way she uses the word “corroded”, “that would be the big danger” because of all the destructive emotions entailed.

    • Mark-Reply
      9th February 2020 at 5:09 pm

      So true Oriana, when things are not going well for us one of the most corroding things you can do is allow yourself to be envious of others.

  10. Hanane Gamhiouen-Reply
    9th February 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Oh what a great message and reminder! Thanks! H

  11. Helen borel-Reply
    9th February 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Such an inspiration. So important for people to hear personal stories about resilience and to see their own situations and struggles in real life examples.

  12. Mike kostyn-Reply
    10th February 2020 at 12:12 am

    I really like how straight forward and logical the argument is. Resiliance is an incredible asset and innate coping mechanism, which will shield you from many of life’s challenges. Sian is an inspiration!

  13. James Weller-Reply
    10th February 2020 at 8:40 am

    too true…pick yourself up and move on!

  14. Della Judd-Reply
    10th February 2020 at 10:05 am

    What a great lady! Great tips too.

  15. Ben-Reply
    12th February 2020 at 1:32 am

    Fantastic insight from Sian. Great interview!

  16. Sue Riley-Reply
    12th February 2020 at 11:28 am

    A great video – Sian is of a similar era to myself and it was wonderful to hear her speak of her upbringing of ‘not being important’ which I shared. I hope my resilience is similar to hers but I also share with her the difficulty in saying no which sometimes impact on my thrive state!!

  17. Trevor Charlie-Reply
    12th February 2020 at 1:26 pm

    An absorbing and amazing interview. A really inspirational and incredible human. I feel very fortunate to have met her.

    For me the takeaway was having a clear idea about what you want to do and when you can’t find a way not to let yourself corrode with disappointment. Keep practicing for the day you can. You’re building resilient foundations just quietly. Brilliant.

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