Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining – Even the Covid Pandemic!
The lockdown has changed our lives in many ways, but not all bad; I’ve made the most amazing connections on-line, with beautiful people all over the world. In particular, I became inspired by a project in Uganda called “A Future a Girl”, established to help girls lead a better life.
I wanted to help but how, so I asked and finally sent a ‘test’ parcel, mainly containing bra’s, which I collected from my friends around Kent, together with two sets of netball bibs, a couple of balls and pumps, from my netball club, CFX, (Coaching for eXcellence), as I knew they loved netball. During the recent troubles in Uganda, I had no idea if it would be received, OK. To my delight, following my instinct of love and hope, the parcel arrived, and as you can see in the video, they loved it!
Girls and women worldwide love netball, but with no shoes and lots of stones on the ground, their development and enjoyment are limited. They also have very little equipment, balls, bibs and posts. However, the main problem is that girls have a stressful, debilitating experience during their monthly menstrual cycle due to a lack of sanitary napkins; they are too expensive! They must resort to recyclable sanitary provisions, which cause many problems but mostly hygiene issues and infections, and definitely no sport!
Taking a step back, the lockdown allowed me to consider what’s really important in life? Of course, my family means a lot to me, and their welfare is paramount, but what matters to me beyond my personal life?
Wayne Dwyer, American self-help, spiritual author and motivational speak, wrote a book, “I can see clearly now”, and this is how it feels for me; I profoundly realise that the only and most critical higher purpose I have whilst living in the earthly body is to raise awareness and take action towards humanity living more equally, peaceful and respectful of each other, irrespective of gender, race, religion, proximity and culture.
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Denise Holland is one of my best “students.” She is one of the few students I have asked to teach with me, and I was and remain very impressed with her presence, her knowledge, her wisdom, her feeling and her responsiveness. I would say anyone who works with Denise is in excellent hands.
I reached out to Denise when my world seemed to be falling apart. I had recently received a diagnosis of two different types of cancer; my son was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer and had little time to live. I did not know how to process all of this, and my mental state spiralled! Within ten minutes of quiet time with Denise, I felt everything lifting from my shoulders and a feeling of calm settling in its place. Working with Denise has given me a deeper understanding and knowledge of the mind, it keeps me on a healthy path not only in general day-to-day life but as a life skill in my work environment and sport. Forever grateful to you, Denise.
Denise has the skills and experience to wake people up to deeper knowledge about themselves. In the sporting arena, this knowledge happens to be crucially important.
Professional Rugby Player – Glasgow Warriors
Before I took part in Denise’s Health and Well Being programme, I stressed in many situations; it would prevent me from taking part in different things. I now look at the situations holistically and not let thoughts prevent me from putting myself forward.
2nd-year student – The University of Greenwich – Forensic science with Criminology Student
I enjoyed this course very much as it improved my shooting technique and accuracy dramatically. I learned that you do not have to be controlled by your negative thoughts because they are not you.
Meeting Denise was perfect timing, written in the stars, foretold, whatever. My world was falling apart, my marriage had ended, my child was in serious trouble, and I was upping sticks and moving up North to run the biggest, most complex project of my career.
Four months later, my project is an astonishing success, my marriage is back on track, and best of all, my baby is coming back to me. I am different at work, at home, inside my head, and others can see it. The dark days aren’t dark any more because they don’t last, and the light days are far more frequent. Denise’s workj isn’t just amazing in the world of sport but any area of life.
Floyd Woodrow MBE
Denise is impressive in her abilities by any standard. Her ability to teach and develop those around her, mark her out as someone with exceptional leadership and coaching skills. I constantly seek advice and counsel from her and trust her implicitly.
Floyd Woodrow MBE
Chairman and CEO of Chrysalis Worldwide
I used to struggle to remain calm and confident in stressful situations, what others think of me, what would happen if I did something wrong? We are all capable of achieving, no part of our abilities is lacking! This programme has truly changed me for the best and is perfect during my final year of University.
Third Year Student - The University of Kent - Sports Therapy
I was fortunate enough to have a conversation with Denise over a cup of coffee when we met in America. It would be easy to accuse me of exaggeration or sensationalising by making the following statement, but I can only offer you the truth as I see it. The truth is that those few minutes changed my life. I had spent the last 15 years pursuing peak performance, competing internationally in the High jump and achieving a lifetime best of 2.26m. Through my love of this sport, I became a seeker, wanting to uncover the truth of the mind and how to reach that flow state. I’m not saying that I’m now enlightened, but I know that a beautiful, peaceful, loving state is only one thought away, for that, you have my complete and utter gratitude.”
England International High Jumper who came back from breaking his neck!
I am so grateful to have worked with Denise, I used to float in and out of different moods and believed it was other things and situations causing them. Honestly, this understanding has changed my life.
Third Year Student - The University of Kent, Sport and Exercise Science.
I appreciate the support Denise gave me when I was transitioning into my new role at Leinster and helping me understand how to ‘free my mind!
Senior Coach Leinster Rugby – Former England Rugby Coach
Denise’s new approach is great for teamwork, we don’t get upset with each other anywhere near as much, and get over disappointments quickly.
Third Year Student - The University of Kent, Sports and Excercise for Health
Denise has a tremendous understanding of how to achieve elite performance in sport. Her contagious enthusiasm is motivating and inspires you to the next level
Scotland National Netball Athlete (107 caps)
I enjoyed speaking with Denise about the mind and performance. The conversations were very insightful and always had me challenging and questioning the status quo regarding mental performance. The critical pointer Denise gave was that our natural state is freedom of mind, clarity and potential. We don’t need to overexert the mind to find these states. Searching for them often leads us further into tension. I found this very relatable to direct experiences in life and sport.
Scotland International Rugby Player - London Scottish FC
Denise has been instrumental in my evolving understanding of the Three Principles and how they specifically apply in high-performance sport. Her insightful and intuitive way of working has challenged and deepened my fundamental understanding of all human performance. I’ll always be appreciative of her significant role in my development as a performance director and coach.
Founder & CEO Optimal Performance - Former Director of Cricket - West Indies Cricket Board