Keeping watch proactively could imply a form of action uniting an attentive ‘being’ with a static ‘doing’.
Being vigilant, keeping watch on how we invest our now is a key aspect of developing ourselves. That said, for many people the way their days are filled is left at best to the whims of others and at worst to the agenda of those attempting to manipulate them.
Underlining the value of each day, within the framework of our main objective, provides us with a structure as we go about keeping watch on our efforts towards our goals. On occasions we will need to be flexible, but perhaps not to the point of answering ‘Yes’ to every call on our time.
It is feasible some folk become offended by our supposed lack of availability. Unless our work is to be at their full disposition, however, there is no realistic reason why we should be made to feel guilty.
Paraphrasing from a book title by Primo Levi, “If not us, who?” Nobody else is likely to undertake the effort needed to achieve our goals and, even if we are carefully keeping watch, there are only twenty-four hours in the day.
Appreciating the activity requires our full presence coupled with a stillness of the moment, to close, let me just be bold and ask to what degree are you keeping watch on your efforts today?
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.
The stage of work (2016)
Performance skills at work (2015)
Elements of theatre at work (2010)