What inspiring presence moves us?

July 5, 2018

Inspiring building

There are many buildings, iconic structures, celebrities even, that hold a particular place in the heart of people, yet right now I am curious to learn what inspiring presence moves us as a group of readers, bloggers, and such like.

I appreciate the choice will in part depend upon where we are reading this. Some of you might be sitting in front of a world-renown monument – the Sydney Opera House or the Eiffel Tower, for example – so there is no need to ponder the question too much.

Others may be looking at this on the phone whilst travelling on an underground train somewhere. To answer the inquiry ‘What inspiring presence moves us?’ in this instance imagination will need to be used.

Going beyond the ‘What’ aspect of ‘What inspiring presence moves us?’ it is interesting to consider why certain things or people hold such attention and attraction for us.

Natural beauty is possibly one reason we find this or that inspiring. Alternatively, it could be a matter of connecting with what is represented by ‘the inspiring presence’ on an individual or even global scale.

Using the positive feelings created by pondering what inspiring presence moves us, we can choose to embrace the rest of the day with a positive approach worthy of what inspires us.

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 teaches 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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Moved by our surroundings

June 21, 2018

Being moved by our surroundings is something we may all experience on occasions. Locations visited frequently can take on new meaning or come to hold a particular significance when circumstances alter. On a personal level, it might be enough for us to notice with greater perception than usual our surroundings.

So, right now, on a scale of one to ten, how moved are you by your surroundings? What is unique about where you are? To what extent does the locality reflect your life? What would make this place more meaningful? How willing are you to undertake the changes to either the place or your attitude towards it?

Once we increase our awareness of our surroundings we may begin to find a new attachment to aspects of life usually taken for granted. And in this way become more moved by our surroundings than previously we had thought possible.

With so many questions asked here, it is time for me to stop and let you reflect, if you wish, on them. Thanks, in any case, for reading this ‘Moved by our surroundings’ post 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 teaches 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 creative by looking up

June 17, 2018

Creative art in the sky

Ploughing through the day is an approach associated with busy folk, but then being creative by looking up could also be so. After all, to get things done successfully it is not enough to ‘just do them’. An element of imagination harnessed to best practices ensures we focus efforts in the most productive manner.

Being creative by looking up need not even refer to seeing an artistic display as, for example, the photograph at the top of the page here. It is enough to lift our head from whatever screen happens to be in front of us to experience life through our eyes.

On a similar level, it is common to see pictures of folk at music and sporting events embracing the action through the ubiquitous phone. It is what it is we can say.

Being creative by looking up, however, remains an option and one worthy of taking up from time to time, if only to return to the screen with renewed energy and purpose.

To join the conversation here on the issue of being creative by looking up, 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 teaches 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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Ready for the coming months?

May 24, 2018

Empty bench ready for tourists

With the year racing forward it seems right to ask ourselves whether we are ready for the coming months.

Ideally, we are on course with the projects and goals established at the start of the year. Adjustments may have had to have been made here and there, yet overall things are hopefully going to plan.

That said, to sustain progress it could be wise to take a few moments out to verify the extent to which we are ready for the coming months. With success dazzling our sight it is easy to miss details needing our attention.

We should look not only at our desired destination but also the manner we wish to reach it. Experiencing the journey is much about embracing all the elements making up the moment, step by step. Reconnecting with this idea is a form of getting ready for the coming months.

The richness of life is, let’s remember, to be found in how we interact with life itself. Rushing to achieve this or that might mean we lose out on what it is to be truly successful.

So, back to the original question, are we ready for the coming months? To share your thoughts on the ideas set out here, 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 teaches 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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Embracing patterns of daily life

May 20, 2018

Patterned flooring

Embracing patterns of daily life, rather than deciding to ignore particular messages, is a way we could tap into a source of learning available to us.

Recently a client referred to déjà vu, noticing how certain themes seemed to be showing up in various formats. Perhaps life was attempting to make contact.

The American-born Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön stated in her book When things fall apart: heart advice for difficult times: “nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” This is especially apt for any reflection on the topic of embracing patterns of daily life.

Being open to receiving learning from a variety of sources, also by embracing patterns of daily life, we are in a strong position to explore the full range of emotions and experiences making up life.

Noticing, or better embracing, patterns of daily life such as recurring themes might be more beneficial than walking through life only partially aware of what is going on around us. Life becomes a fountain of inspiration when we ‘wake up’ to it.

Thanks for reading this ‘Embracing patterns of daily life’ post. Please feel free to join the conversation here by leaving 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 teaches 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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Positive, negative or neutral outlook?

May 10, 2018

Positive outlook on a beach

Depending on a whole set of factors, unique to each of us at any given time, we may choose to ask ourselves or not whether we have right now a positive, negative or neutral outlook.

Just as the timing of the enquiry is a personal issue, our response will likewise reflect our individual mindset, again associated with how we perceive the moment. Of course, it could also be interesting to actually examine what is a positive negative or neutral outlook.

It would, however, be only an academic investigation as I am sure, at least in our heart, we know what we mean by a positive, negative or neutral outlook, no?

So, getting back to how we are experiencing the current moment, based on all the above-mentioned provisos, what learning can we take from the present? If now is the base for later, what do we need to undertake to ensure tomorrow is an improvement on today?

Questions galore, but ones with the capacity to possibly move us nearer to our heartfelt goals. And after all, unless we are already being, doing and having all we wish for, why shouldn’t we let these queries spur us onwards?

Thanks for connecting here today and deciding to read this ‘Positive, negative or neutral outlook?’ 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 teaches 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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Seated simply at the table of life

April 8, 2018

Simple table

Despite what ‘they’ say, our value, and our impact on those around us, is not determined by whether we are seated simply at the table of life, or participating in a feast of unimaginable extravagance.

Washing our hands of preconceptions, prejudices, plus the opinions of others may permit us to appreciate whatever life offers us. Likewise, setting aside judgement about where we sit opens up the possibility of engaging with the moment as it is.

Seated simply at the table of life might mean we are comfortable wherever we happen to be. This in itself is not a bad goal to pursue. Being confident enough to ‘sit anywhere’ can make life easier.

So, right now, to what extent are you seated simply at the table of life? Is this a period of life in which you are embracing opportunities coming your way? Or are you happy to let things pass as you catch your breath?

As you ponder these questions, let me thank you for reading this ‘Seated simply at the table of life’ 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 Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches 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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