Backing our ideas with action

February 16, 2020

As the saying goes, “Talk is cheap”. Backing our ideas with action, on the other hand, might be considered expensive.

After all, backing our ideas with action requires us to take responsibility for our decisions and publicly buy into an endeavour. And, of course, this may involve certain sacrifices on our part in terms of time and energy.

Backing our ideas with action additionally means being committed to achieving the desired outcome. We know where we want to get to and can use this knowledge as a guide when faced with any number of obstacles attempting to hinder our progress.

The issue of backing our ideas with action may bring to your mind other considerations. To share your input, please leave a comment below.

Right now, let me thank you for being here today and please feel free to like and share this ‘Backing our ideas with action’ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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In what area of life are you a heavyweight?

February 13, 2020

We are all skilled in one or more activities, so let me ask in what area of life are you a heavyweight?

Setting aside humility, embarrassment and a sense of guilt over admitting excellence, let’s explore not only in which endeavours you excel but also the extent you maximize these talents.

By inquiring ‘In what area of life are you a heavyweight?’, we can examine how preparation and practice have come together to produce desired results.

The exercise could itself motivate us to reconnect with that sense of excitement associated with ‘being your best’ and ‘getting the rewards your efforts deserve’.

So, once again, in what area of life are you a heavyweight? To ponder the question, and consider choices linked with the answer, as part of a coaching conversation, message me.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘In what area of life are you a heavyweight?’ post and please feel free to like and share it.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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What are you waiting for?

February 9, 2020

One of the key questions I use with students and coaching clients is ‘What are you waiting for?

This inquiry requires an honest assessment, usually bringing to the surface issues involving focus and procrastination. Many people like to ‘wait for the perfect moment’ or ‘spend time gathering even more information’ before making a start’.

Additionally, the question ‘What are you waiting for?’ shines a light on whether we truly want to begin whatever it is we are saying we want to do.

Of course, initiating an action, endeavour, change of direction and so forth, can at times be tough. Nevertheless, once we have begun, so often we find ourselves, ‘six months down the line’ wishing we had started sooner.

Unfortunately, we are unable to rectify our delay in these cases yet at least we have the option of not repeating the mistake.

So, what are you waiting for? To explore your response as part of a coaching conversation, please get in contact.

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Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Being our best or stepping aside?

February 6, 2020

Life offers us many choices: do this or that, go here or there. Yet one of the most difficult options we face revolves around the notion of whether we are ‘being our best or stepping aside?

Pondering if we are ‘being our best or stepping aside?’ puts us on the spot. We know when we are either giving our all and therefore ‘being our best’ – regardless of whether it is good enough for others – or stepping aside to let those who can give everything to the task do so.

Going through the motions is rarely a productive approach to life and certainly not one likely to lead us to the summit of our objectives. So, to what extent are we either being our best or stepping aside to focus on something else?

To explore the level of engagement you give to each day and the results your behaviour brings you, please get in contact and we can arrange a coaching conversation.

Having asked the question ‘Are we being our best or stepping aside?’ feel free to give your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Breaking through our limiting limits

February 2, 2020

Being stuck in a cycle of discomfort, resistance to change and then upset regarding a lack of progress can suggest it is time for us to go about breaking through our limiting limits.

At any moment, external factors are impacting on our performance. Even so, many of the items holding us back from living our potential are related to the way we see ourselves. Believing we are unworthy of anything better, not deserving of success, makes it hard for us to achieve our supposed heartfelt goals.

We undermine our efforts before we undertake them when we are unable to engage in breaking through our limiting limits.

Breaking through our limiting limits is, unfortunately, an activity only we can accomplish for ourselves. And fully connecting with what we perceive as life beyond the limits is a good starting point in the endeavour.

Being kind to ourselves as we are breaking through our limiting limits, knowing changing entrenched habits takes time, keeps us on course to achieving success. Accepting there will occasions our old ways attempt to drag us back ensures we are aware of these possible setbacks.

If reaching out to a coach seems like a useful strategy in your pursuit of changing habits for the sake of living your potential, please get in contact.

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Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Letting go of crazy comparisons

January 30, 2020

Letting go of making crazy comparisons – crazy from the perspective of us being unable to live up to those we choose to assess ourselves against as they are the originals, and at best we can only be copies of them – is a way of keeping ourselves sane.

Why we are so fixated in benchmarking ourselves to acquaintances, social media stars or other such folk is worthy of a post in itself. Nevertheless, it is a habit we can identify with. Letting go of crazy comparisons would put a stop to this equally foolish practice.

On most occasions, it is unfair to evaluate ourselves against others. We all have personal characteristics, skills and experience, making us each unique. Knowing ‘apples’ are different from ‘pears’ gives us a further reason to engage in letting go of crazy comparisons.

For these reasons alone, it is worth suggesting we go about letting go of crazy comparisons.

And letting go of crazy comparisons frees up precious energy and mental effort – two items few of us can ever have too much of – for more strategic exercises.

Of course, there will be situations in which it is necessary to compete with other people. In these instances, may the best, or at least the most suitable person, win.

Please leave a comment below to offer your thoughts on the notion of ‘Letting go of crazy comparisons’ plus feel free to like and share this post.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Who are we helping by doing this?

January 26, 2020

As we go about engaging in this and working on that, it can be helpful to hit the pause button to ask who are we helping by doing this?

Knowing the eventual recipient of our actions – and this could be ourselves – keeps us focused on the endeavour together with the desired outcome.

Only our attitude and effort towards the task are under our control, however. The result, and how it comes across to those on the receiving end, are beyond our direct means to manage.

By pondering ‘Who are we helping by doing this?’, we might even discover we are helping nobody specifically. It could be we have gotten caught up in the idea of ‘being busy’ and have taken on many tasks merely to keep the proverbial plates spinning.

Productivity, effectiveness and strategic steps are all different from running around trying to do everything for everyone. But once we have established the answer to the question ‘Who are we helping by doing this?’, we are in a position to recall our motivation for taking on the assignment in the first place.

So, using these remaining minutes together, let’s indeed reflect on the inquiry ‘Who are we helping by doing this?’ concerning the tasks you are dealing with today.

No need to send your answers on a postcard, a comment below is sufficient.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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