Shining bright even on a rainy day

December 6, 2018

Rainy day

As many of the posts here have attested, our outlook is very much a personal one and there are few reasons not to go about shining bright even on a rainy day.

Very few instances are ever made better by giving in to the temptation of blaming external factors on our outlook on life. That some people prefer to act as if the whole world is against them is another matter.

Anyway, returning to the issue of shining bright even on a rainy day, we can list three basic considerations to support the idea.

1) Given life is testing for us all, why not attempt to lighten it a little by shining bright even on a rainy day?

2) Our ‘light’, that passion we have for life and the way we demonstrate this to the world need not be conditioned by dynamics beyond our control, especially the weather.

3) We risk to never shine brightly if we decide to wait for perfect outside conditions. Life is lived in the present, not at some unspecified time in the future.

Or not. To join the conversation here and share your thoughts on the topic of shining bright even on a rainy day, please leave a comment below.

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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Connecting with our current location

November 25, 2018

Shop location

Connecting with our current location is easier when we feel comfortable with wherever we happen to be.

That said, it is the case that occasionally we find ourselves in places in which, on the surface at least, it is extremely difficult to even consider connecting with our current location. Perhaps it is exactly here we need to practice going beyond our initial reaction to embrace life by connecting with our current location.

Waiting for the ‘perfect’ time, situation or set of circumstances in general before attempting anything, including connecting with our current location, is a risky strategy. As we all know, it inevitably slips into worries about later as excuses bubble up to keep us from doing whatever we want or need to be doing.

It should be pointed out, however, that even if we are connecting with our current location or at least advocating such a move, there is no reason to think this implies we passively accept everything life throws at us, including where we are.

Making the most of the moment is a proactive approach and one likely to impact positively on how we go about experiencing now and future moments.

But then again maybe it is better to sit on the proverbial seat in the corner and wait for things to change, knowing everything passes. To share your input on the issue of connecting with our current location, please leave a comment below.

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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Being aware of possible challenges before us

November 15, 2018

 

Warning flag on beach

Being aware of possible challenges before us need not, in any case, stop us from proceeding with our efforts to be the best we can be.

Carrying an element of attention along with us can ensure our endeavours are undertaken with sufficient caution in terms of us being aware of possible challenges before us. We may decide to avoid certain difficulties and tackle others. Our decision will be based on a number of factors including how confident we feel in ourselves and our abilities to overcome this or that.

As with most things in life, we need to distinguish between what is within our capabilities to be dealt with successfully and what, based on our knowledge, common sense, or intuition, is beyond us. Being aware of possible challenges before us is perhaps the first step but not the last.

The path we choose to walk as we attempt to live our potential is personal, as is the responsibility for decisions made along the way. Right now, I wonder to what extent we are being aware of possible challenges before us?

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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Appreciating the spectacle nature offers us

October 28, 2018

Nature scene of colourful sky

Appreciating the spectacle nature offers us is a free activity providing an incredible return. There are few sights more inspiring than the sky splashed with colour or the waves breaking against the shore.

Giving ourselves the time to engage in appreciating the spectacle nature offers us is also a gift we all surely deserve on occasions. And regular indulgence will, unlike other treats, be endlessly advantageous to us too.

Heightened imagination, creativity and a sense of being part of this wonderful world are just a few of the benefits we receive as we go about appreciating the spectacle nature offers us.

On the other hand, certain actions – polluting the sea with plastic, fracking and unregulated building, for example – are ways we destroy the chances for future generations of appreciating the spectacle nature offers us. Awareness of our actions would be a good first step to changing our ‘less charming’ habits.

But then you already know such things and so I will stop now so we can continue going about appreciating the spectacle nature offers us.

Kindest regards and thanks for being here today.

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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Reminding ourselves of how things were

October 21, 2018

Snow on bench

Rather than entitling this post ‘Reminding ourselves of how things were’ it could have been ‘Reminding ourselves of how things will be’. In terms of the weather, having snow last winter is, of course, no guarantee of having it again this coming winter. All the same, there is that possibility.

Anyway, moving away from climatic observations, we might wish to reflect on the changes that occurred in our situation over the past twelve months. Some may have been forced upon us, others are here as a result of our concentrated efforts. Reminding ourselves of how things were can bring much to light.

We may not be completely happy with all that has happened and perhaps even feel upset by one or two of the events.

Nevertheless, by reminding ourselves of how things were and being conscious of how they are now, we are in a position to evaluate the effectiveness, or otherwise, of our actions plus the manner in which we have embraced the ‘new’ reality we are experiencing today.

With the input from such an evaluation any required modifications to our way of being or whatever can take place. This itself will benefit us in the future as we continue to engage with our constantly changing world.

Before concluding this exercise of reminding ourselves of how things were, let me thank you for being here and reading 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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Taking each step before us

October 18, 2018

Steps before us

Sometimes standing still is not a wise option, whereas taking each step before us represents the best way forward.

Taking each step before us and with a belief in our ability to reach our goal, need not be viewed as being ‘better than nothing’.

Focusing attention, itself a rare quality in many respects if the mindless actions all around us are an indicator of events, is akin to taking each step before us. The emphasis of our efforts is clear and we are moving in a decisive manner.

In a perfect world, we will be certain of where the steps before us lead to. Unfortunately, or not depending on the perspective, surprises occur. What starts as an intention to reach point B may end up getting us to point C, D or Z.

Action, in any case, is the key to progress once strategic intentions have been clarified and used to create tactical plans for their eventual realization.

Reading back these last few lines, this seems to imply we are discussing a major military campaign as opposed to a pleasant embracing of opportunities before us. Maybe the moment feels intense although, as ever, it is ours to live in the manner most befitting our values, goals and outlook in general.

Thanks for reading this and please feel free to share your thoughts on the question of taking each step before us by leaving a comment below if you wish.

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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

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To what extent is the brand You iconic?

October 14, 2018

Iconic red postbox

For the sake of this post, let’s accept the idea that each of us is a brand, hence the question to what extent is the brand You iconic?

Wherever we choose to look, we are surrounded by images and brands, all attempting to capture our attention and, directly or indirectly, our money. That said, the brand You is associated with much more than the transmission of a message, a storytelling vehicle or other such marketing tool.

Encapsulating your values and reflecting your outlook on life, the brand You is literally you with a capital Y. But again, to what extent is the brand Y iconic? Amongst family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances you are surely a leading light, the ‘Go to’ person.

How can I put forward such an idea? Because we all are to those we interact with, whether we realize it or not.

Attracting iconic status implies your impact extends beyond the immediate ‘circle of influence’ to reach a wider audience. Some time ago I read a thought-provoking tweet, the source, unfortunately, escapes me. “If your last tweet were the message on your tombstone, how would you be remembered?”

Brand You becomes iconic also through each social media post, hopefully, the latest one is not your last one all the same.

As I close here, let me leave you with the initial opening question for you to ponder: “To what extent is the brand You iconic?

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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian taught a postgraduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related performance matters.

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

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