Mental Matters Column: The lessons in isolation

Ex-MK Dons footballer Drewe Broughton, now one of the UK’s top motivational speakers, talks about how the choices we make today could shape us going forward after lockdown.

It was Victor E. Frankel, survivor of the Holocaust and author of the multimillion selling book, ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’, who said, “The last of the human freedoms” is the ability “to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

When we are no longer able to change a situation “we are challenged to change ourselves”.

These times are uncertain. We have lost many freedoms, although in context we have lost little compared to Victor Frankel.

Fear, the great evil. The opposite of trust and hope. Fear is the overriding dominator, consciously or more often subconsciously, in most people’s lives.

If I could sum up my role, my job today, I would say it is to help people master the inner game to dominate the outer. To help people become aware of themselves in all ways, their fears, their visions, their beliefs, their morals and get comfortable. To make friends with insecurity and vulnerability.

So here we are facing a threat the likes of which mankind hasn’t faced in our modern times. Of all the feelings people have shared with me in the last month, fear is the greatest, understandably.

My aim of 1:1 meetings and Zoom coaching calls, is to take people into the storm, not to turn them away. Like shepherds who guide climbers up and into the perils of Everest, I guide people inside themselves, into that buried talent.

That hidden pain and fear, because it’s in here that the truth lies. That we discover serenity and peace.

We rediscover lost instincts and rock solid knowing of our talents, of what we can be. It’s here we take responsibility.

On one occasion, Frankel recommended that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented on the west coast of the United States, “by a statue of responsibility.”

“Everything can be taken from a man or woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way”.

Now’s the time to listen to this great man. Go inward, use the silence and lack of escapisms to confront things that business of life makes it easy to escape.

Whether that’s physically, whether that’s a goal or a dream. Whether that’s a fear. Like Frankel was forced into a situation, so we are forced right now. What will you choose?

These choices will determine whether you come out of this growing towards a better you, or whether you come out the same or worse off.

For further information, visit or drop an email to Drewe at

This feature was published in the May/June 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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