Stopping now and again

May 21, 2015

 

Traffic lights

Hoping progress is constant, disregarding the idea of ever stopping now and again, can set us up to be disappointed on occasions.

No matter how prepared we are and irrespective of our desire to reach our goal, stopping now and again is often a fundamental part of our eventual way forward. The benefits obtained from stopping now and again, or at least slowing down, have been noted here before (click here to read).

However, right now we may wish to look at the question of stopping now and again from the perspective of living each moment, even as we engage in the various steps making up most activities.

The enforced break gives us an opportunity to catch our breath, reconnect with the present rather than remain focused on the future or stuck in what has been.

Stopping now and again obliges us to lift our eyes, so to speak, from the task in front of us. And just like the pause we might notice before each In breath, stopping now and again allows us to appreciate life by embracing it, also as we seemingly do nothing.

Kindest regards.

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).

Tags (max 9): #bgdtcoaching, being present, benefits of a pause, Brian Groves, clarifying choices, co-active coaching, personal development, slowing down, stopping now and again

Category: Being present

Linked to ‘Slowing down part 2′ 26/06/14 http://wp.me/pybQ0-147


Finding inspiration

May 17, 2015

 

 

Clouds

Finding inspiration is rarely as easy as watching clouds, but not as hard as walking on them.” #bgdtcoaching.

We might each have our own methods for finding inspiration. Some of us may choose to connect with nature, perhaps letting go of the stress associated with modern living. Others could resort to creative techniques such as using random words in a book to stimulate ideas.

Finding inspiration is rarely as easy as watching clouds, but not as hard as walking on them. Yet with a belief in its existence and effort on our part, finding inspiration need not be viewed as an exercise beyond any of us.

As with most things, finding inspiration requires an investment of time, varying from a split second to ‘who knows how long’, on the part of the seeker. However, the return is oftentimes interesting for all concerned.

If you are currently facing a challenge requiring a creative solution, let me wish you good luck as you go about finding inspiration to deal with it successfully.

Thanks for reading this today.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
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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).


Just bananas

May 14, 2015

Just bananas shop

As an assessment of life, ‘Just bananas‘ might be up there with any other evaluation for the moment. Things could be all over the place, providing us with numerous stresses and yet also countless opportunities.

Alternatively, our days are offering us few occasions to explore options. We seem to have little choice but to accept just bananas on the proverbial menu of the day. It is true the fruits of our efforts don’t always measure up to expectations.

We may believe we deserve something more from life considering all we have given to our activity. Of course life has its own symmetry. If we receive just bananas, instead of the expected exotic selection, perhaps our assessment of the situation requires an adjustment or two.

In any case, to paraphrase an old Milanese saying, “We have to make the fruit cocktail with the fruit we have.” If there are just bananas available right now, so be it.

No matter how we view the question, it is always up to us to do our best with the resources at our disposal. Moaning and groaning about the supposed unfairness of life gets us no nearer to our chosen objectives. Such behaviour is, it can be said, just bananas.

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

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
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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).


Reflections from the past

May 10, 2015

 

Reflections from the past

Stepping back from rushing forward gives us the chance to examine one or two reflections from the past. Whether we feel particularly connected to our heritage or not is irrelevant to the issue here. We present ourselves today as an accumulation of experiences making up our history.

Reflections from the past may be found in the actions of today if looked for, in addition to the intention providing energy for their initial creation yesterday. On occasions our behaviour and attitudes are reflections from the past, results of how our life had been lived until then.

Looking at reflections from the past, in the form of achievements from yesterday, we can derive encouragement to go out and be our best for the sake of leaving a legacy of today tomorrow, if we so choose.

We might not be inspired to construct imposing buildings, for example, but in our own way we are able to leave a lasting influence somewhere, somewhere. Reflections from the past all begin in the heart of a person. Our efforts for the future reside likewise in the heart.

Thanks for reading this ‘Reflections from the past‘ post.

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).


Waiting for the tide

May 7, 2015

 

 

Boats waiting for the tide

It could be we are too busy to contemplate the idea of doing nothing, certainly not sitting around waiting for the tide. We might be the type of people who make waves if the water level is too shallow right now.

However, on occasions we can also find benefits from waiting for the tide. If we have prepared everything to the best of our ability there is little reason to not enjoy a moment of calm, connecting with the present, ahead of our required action.

And let’s not forget how many times we have discovered a previously overlooked point, or thought up a better way of doing something, in these brief periods of tranquillity found just prior to initiating anew our work.

Giving ourselves the space to engage in a spot of ‘waiting for the tide‘ creates the chance for us to see the big picture, instead of focusing exclusively on tiny details so typical of much of the workday most likely.

And if we are situated far from the sea or a tidal waterway, instead of waiting for the tide we could lift our eyes and wait for the clouds to float across our vision. The activity provides similar advantages and, in both cases, we are acknowledging the magnificence of nature, something we can never do enough of one may add.

Following my own suggestion, I’m off to participate in a few minutes of ‘waiting for the tide‘.

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).


Great when finished

May 3, 2015

 

 

Unfinished building

Great when finished perhaps, perfect right now for sure.” #bgdtcoaching.

It is easy to slip into the thinking of the unsatisfied. No matter what we do, regardless of all we achieve, outstanding opportunities play on our mind. ‘Great when finished‘ may be the motto of those looking ever forward.

Yet this approach to life places an enormous burden on people. As I noted in the ‘Moving ahead‘ post of April 2014 (click here to read) “We are not a ‘finished item’ but rather a ‘work in progress’.” Neglecting today for tomorrow could mean we miss out on the enjoyment of now.

Believing we will be great when finished, attempting to improve ourselves is certainly one thing. But by being authentic we are being our best self now, irrespective of whatever aspects we want to improve in ourselves.

Spending a fraction of our time connecting with all that is in our life, we might discover the ‘great when finished’ evaluation is unfair given how fantastic life is already. Or possibly not. To share your thoughts on the question of things being great when finished, please leave a comment below.

Thanks.

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).


Simple things

April 30, 2015

Simple things

“As much as we perhaps enjoy the richness of the world, simple things many times satisfy us more.” #bgdtcoaching.

What can be better than ………………………………… (fill in the space with a simple thing that gives you joy) or ………………………………… (fill in the space with a simple thing that brings a smile to your heart).

Simple things have the capacity to catch us unaware. The day may be moving in one direction and then in an instant, without warning, something moves into our orbit and deflects the course of our life onto a new trajectory.

A chance encounter, an unexpected phone call or message, for example, could bring occasions to stop and wonder at the power and magic of simple things.

Around the corner of this moment we might find simple things ready to lift us to new heights of satisfaction. At present we can’t say what they will be or imagine the impact they are going to have on us. However, as with previous simple things we have experienced, life changes as we embrace them.

Before you leave this blog to possibly link up with the simple things waiting for you, just let me thank you for reading this post today.

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).


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