Looking around right now, what tempting options do we see available to us? The answer probably depends on our present location or possibly our current outlook on life. If the day is flowing nicely then the tempting options will perhaps be numerous. A tough moment might limit the number.
Reflecting on what we actually regard as tempting options is itself an interesting exercise. The concept of something being tempting may suggest this or that has the power to distract us from something else.
At work tempting options could be a coffee break or a cigarette break. In a similar way, tempting options frequently spring up in the form of a desire to check the e-mail account or see what is happening on Facebook. In both instances, our work is interrupted and, unless we are disciplined, five minutes invariably turns into twenty minutes or more.
Tempting options occasionally arrive in the shape of the so-called ‘easy solutions’. We can all appreciate short cuts and time-saving alternatives. The problems begin when the tempting options appear too good to be true. In such cases they usually are just that.
In answer to the opening question concerning the tempting options around us now, there is, of course, that of leaving a comment below to join the conversation here, or getting in touch to discover how coaching could help you in this moment.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, 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.
Performance skills at work (2015), 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).