Alive to the moment

July 27, 2014

Alive to the moment cat

Alive to the moment is a way for us to embrace the present.” #bgdtcoaching.

Being alive to the moment, with fierce courage, a connection to the present and authenticity as our guides, is a way of calling forth our potential to be our best. On the contrary, when we are trudging through the day, deep in our daydreams and operating on autopilot, it is unlikely we can truly say we are alive to the moment.

Two extremes perhaps, yet so often life seems to be a case of ‘all or nothing’. Then again, maybe it is our thinking that produces this limited perspective of how our existence really is.

Being alive to the moment might be a case of being open to whatever is occurring around us right now. Or possibly not. Alive to the moment, we could decide to step back and reassess our journey to where we are and evaluate to what extent the result is in alignment with our initial objective.

Clarifying choices is itself a valid exercise at any time, but one particularly so when we are alive to the moment. With our attention focused and our presence centred on the now, we add perception and intuition to our assessment. So yes, being alive to the moment is a way for us to embrace the present.

As ever the thoughts set out here are just ideas offered for reflection. Please feel free to join the conversation by leaving a comment below. For now, thanks for reading this Alive to the moment post.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


A job well done

July 23, 2014

A job well done 1

A job well done provides its own satisfaction.” #bgdtcoaching.

However we define the day and regardless of our job status, the idea of a job well done is something we all most likely associate with.

By offering to others a job well done we are showing our character and choosing to connect with our full potential. Doing it though means we have no excuse not to repeat it always. Giving our best once sets the benchmark for us to live up to.

Ideally we live in a society that still treasures excellent customer service and attention to detail. When on the receiving end of a job well done, we could express our thanks with a gesture of appreciation. Showing our gratitude underlines the importance of best efforts.

A job well done 2

On completion of a task we might wish to take stock of what we have achieved, enjoying a moment of contentment perhaps for a job well done, whilst sampling an almond or two possibly.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

 

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Everyday surprises

July 20, 2014

Restaurant

“When open to the moment everyday surprises can cross our path.” #bgdtcoaching.

For the sake of this post, let’s limit the examination of everyday surprises to anything other than negative ones. ‘Doom and gloom’ events already have enough coverage in newspapers and TV reports without requiring our attention here today.

As much as it is useful to know where we are, it is fun to just wander from time to time. And everyday surprises seem to like this random behaviour. Invariably previously hidden treasures pop up when we are not deliberately looking for them.

Everyday surprises might take the form of a chance encounter with just the very person who can answer a question or help with a knotty query. At times everyday surprises have been known to surface not in a physical location, but as a thought or intuitive sensation in our body. That nagging feeling or reoccurring word is surely there for a reason, no?

Interpreting the meaning of everyday surprises is in most instances a question of listening to our inner wisdom. Yet whenever we do so, the results are more often than not beneficial to us.

To share your thoughts on the issue of everyday surprises, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Excellence in the details

July 17, 2014

Excellence in the details

Excellence in the details brings quality to the results.” #bgdtcoaching.

It seems the old saying “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well” no longer applies in many instances today. We can encounter service providers in all manner of jobs who at best are merely ‘going through the motions’, rather than offering excellence in the details.

Yet there are examples of companies and their staff still interested in living up to their full potential. Excellence in the details is found in the work of sole traders who go the extra mile, retailers and restaurateurs who do everything to ensure the customer returns, and professionals prepared and willing to make each interaction an experience to be remembered.

Rather than me filling this post with personal examples, why not spend a few moment recalling a transaction, encounter or exchange in which excellence in the details was present for you?

And what about a time when you gave your all, did your best and put excellence in the details? I imagine you enjoyed being your full self, no? But here’s the catch. We are only able to do it when we are fully present, attuned to the moment. And how often does that occur on a daily basis?

Please feel free to join the conversation here by leaving a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Excellence in the details‘ post today.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Sitting comfortably

July 13, 2014

Sitting comfortably

I hope you are sitting comfortably right now. Of course you might be reading this on a mobile device as you walk down the street or engage in any number of other activities. That said, the idea of sitting comfortably is probably not strange to you so I’ll continue.

Sitting comfortably from one perspective might relate to how we are positioned with regards to our plans and objectives. If we have everything under control and things are moving along nicely for us then indeed we are sitting comfortably.

The expression ‘sitting comfortably‘ could be connected with our actual posture. The chair or sofa under us might be giving our body such good support we can’t help but be sitting comfortably. If we have to spend any great length of time seated, this is crucial for our ongoing wellbeing.

Sitting comfortably may also refer to how we take on board the moment. Fighting against it might cause stress and distress. Sitting comfortably, accepting even if we don’t like what is occurring, gives us the chance to focus on what we can do to improve the situation or change our attitude towards it.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Stage door

July 10, 2014

Stage door sign

“Beyond the stage door our stage awaits us. And our performance on it could be our best if we give it our all.” #bgdtcoaching.

We might not spend much time thinking about a stage door, stages and performances. Why should we? We aren’t all actors and theatre may not be our thing.

Yet we are all performers in a sense. Daily we play our role of ourselves in front of an audience unique to us. The stage door is opened by our preparation and desire to be ourselves fully.

We can, of course, choose to stay in the wings rather than take centre stage. In such cases our efforts to get beyond the stage door will be lost, yet the choice is personal. On the other hand, our performance on stage could be our best if we give it our all having taken steps to get onto it.

Certainly we cannot be sure our performance will meet with a standing ovation or a positive review. Nevertheless, the fear of failure should not impede us. Being our best is a personal performance only we are able to perform, regardless of which side of the stage door we are standing.

If you’d like to join the conversation here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Stage door‘ post today.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


This is it

July 6, 2014

Tree

“Older than yesterday, younger than tomorrow. ‘This is it‘, said the present to today”. Unknown author.

As much as we may wish otherwise, and regardless of how much we attempt to fight against reality, this is it in terms of life at present. Yes, it is a pretty dramatic statement, but then so is the alternative to life.

Living 100% right now is a way of bringing all our experiences – good and bad – to this present moment for the sake of being fully alive right now. We might find ourselves, as a result of past decisions, indecision or specific choice, where we don’t wish to be.

However, to get anywhere else we need to connect with now, understanding this is it and make changes in this instance in order to move forward. Hiding our head in the sand, hoping things will just change by themselves is also an option. Yet if we are truthful, how many times has it been a valid one for us in the past?

Accepting this is it is the starting point for any development we wish to engage in. Moving from here to there is only possible when we are clear about this present moment. By experiencing it as opposed to grasping onto it we acknowledge the moment.

This is it” we can say as it moves across our consciousness. And what we do right now will undoubtedly impact on the next moment and those after that.

Thanks for reading this. If you’d like to share your thoughts on the issue touched upon in this ‘This is it‘ post, please leave a comment below.

Best wishes.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.

Publications

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).


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