“Ticking off the boxes, moving forward with our plans,
is a proactive approach to life.” #bgdtcoaching.
Ticking off the boxes in the sense of getting things done is indeed proactive. We have our plans clearly laid out, items listed that will take us nearer to our desired objective and efforts are focused on this.
However, whilst ticking off the boxes from this perspective can be considered positive, attempting to fit into the boxes – and especially those established for us by others – is an insidious distraction capable of stealing our time and energy. Trying to be what others expect us to be rarely leads to long term satisfaction for anyone.
Letting go of out-dated beliefs and habits is a way of ticking off the boxes, or we could say breaking out of the boxes we feel no longer suit our present self. On the other hand, we may choose to see such boxes as guidelines providing us with assistance along the path of life. It is a matter of perspective.
However you view the question of ticking off the boxes, your presence here today is much appreciated. If you wish so, please feel free to join the conversation and leave a comment below. In any case, thanks for reading this ticking off the boxes post.
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.
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).