Shining a light on our core

March 21, 2019

We may decide ‘just enough’ is fine as an approach to life, after all average keeps us in the middle of the pack. And yes, this could indeed be fine for most of us, for most of the time.

But is it how we want to be engaged with and then, in years to come, remembered? Margherita pizza is an option but so is Four Cheeses and a Vegetarian. Without shining a light on our core, or at least understanding we are more than Jane or Joe Average, options available on the menu of life might disappear sooner than we’d like.

Giving ourselves the chance to live our potential, be our best in all we do takes nothing away from anyone else. If we believe the world couldn’t cope with our ‘magnificent self’ aren’t we doing a disservice to its other seven billion plus inhabitants?

So, let’s go about shining a light on our core, and as we do we give others, as it were, permission to shine brightly too.

This is not a coaching session so I won’t hold you accountable to yourself for your activities in connection with shining a light on our core. To explore the idea of being coached by me, feel free to get in contact.

Thanks for being here today and for reading this ‘Shining a light on our core’ 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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and 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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Our presence surely impacts more than the moment

March 10, 2019

Though we may not realise it, our presence surely impacts more than the moment. With a smile here and a kind word there we give much to those who receive them, as well as to ourselves.

Actions, of course, create ripples beyond the immediate waters in which they occur. Through our efforts, an idea could be planted in the mind of a casual observer. Over the course of time who knows what might occur as a consequence of this fleeting event. Again, our presence surely impacts more than the moment.

But what about those days we’d much rather stay away from everybody, close ourselves off from the world? Even then our presence, or better our absence, will not go unnoticed. Someone may miss us. Others could be curious as to why we aren’t showing up in their timeline or stream.

Additionally, in such times of doubts and worries, our true self suffers if we choose to hide our light. However, letting go of fears can be a struggle beyond belief. Putting them down, figuratively placing them at our feet, for a few minutes helps us understand we don’t need to be forever carrying them.

Yet if our identity is so connected to certain preoccupations, we always have the option to pick them back up again in a flash. Saying that we might discover we don’t want to.

Thanks for reading this ‘Our presence surely impacts more than the moment’ post today.

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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and 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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Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?

February 3, 2019

Regardless of our position on the benefits of building large followers on social media, we can consider our presence there and ask the question: are we attracting or repelling potential fans?

Each post, every message plus all our photo uploads tell a story and provide reasons for us to connect with creative and interesting people.

Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’ may even be the starting point of a wider assessment as to our existence online. What is our goal for all our posts? Are we adding value to the mountain of information and knowledge already available to everyone or are we just creating more noise?

Attempting to please everybody is a thankless task and one surely without any immediate benefits. Thinking about the impact we are already experiencing through our current efforts puts the consideration ‘Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’ in a more interesting perspective.

In a world in which superficiality seems to be dominating, by looking carefully at our online objectives we give ourselves the opportunity to select actions most likely to be useful to all parties.

If, or better when, authenticity underpins our presence we have a better chance of responding in the affirmative to the question ‘Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’, asked by ourselves or others.

To explore the inquiry ‘Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’ as part of a coaching conversation, please get in contact.

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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and 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 silence associated with today

December 27, 2018

Silent street

Attempting to find a few minutes in order to engage in appreciating silence associated with today may not be easy, but it will surely be beneficial. These few days in between festivities are often viewed as crucial moments by those obliged or requested to work.

The relative inactivity of this time of the year gives us the opportunity to catch up, as it were, with all those tasks and chores usually left for now. We might be working but in a more relaxed manner than once the phones start ringing again. Appreciating silence associated with today is a gift worth embracing.

Appreciating silence associated with today is additionally an approach to give ourselves time to just be with where we are. This is, of course, the opposite of trying to be everywhere for everyone at the same time.

So, rather than fill this page with many more words, I will let you enjoy a spot of appreciating silence associated with today.

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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Setting the scene for holiday festivities

December 20, 2018

Setting the holiday scene

 

Following on from the previous post here, ‘Finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment’, we can perhaps spend a few minutes setting the scene for holiday festivities.

Regardless of how or indeed if we celebrate this period of the year, quite likely there are some actions we undertake in order to ensure we are setting the scene for holiday festivities in a way enjoyable for us and our loved one.

These things could include participating in holiday visits or get-togethers, taking in seasonal events as a group or maybe also having seasonal meals to create special memories for years to come. From the point of view of finding enjoyment as we engage in setting the scene for holiday festivities, we might turn to our favourite pastimes to take advantage of any breaks we have during this period.

That said, not all activities undertaken around this moment of the year involve the spending of money. Pleasant walks along windy seafronts, muddy country paths or even city streets rarely visited often provide us with a sense of freedom. Setting the scene for holiday festivities is, as ever, a personal initiative.

And in conclusion, we need not forget being conscious of others less fortunate than ourselves is a further way we could go about setting the scene for holiday festivities if we so choose.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment

December 16, 2018

Tranquil location

 

Each year this month seems to get increasingly more hectic as we run around attempting to resist the pressures of becoming caught up in the frenzied festive build-up. Accordingly, finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment is a task worth undertaking.

Yet how are we able to go about finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment? It is a question each of us has pondered and found answers to in all likelihood. Personally, a big step to finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment is to avoid, more than ever, television and radio advertising.

Constantly hearing how many shopping days are left to complete present-buying activities does little to induce a sense of calm in me. Appreciating the needs of the marketplace, I would not wish for such communications to be stopped but I am, at least, at liberty to turn down or blank the messages altogether.

Events around me are, quite rightly, elements of my world yet they are not the only ones. Another ‘strategy’ for finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment is to remind myself of my objectives and focus energy and effort on achieving these. Distractions lose power when we choose to ignore them.

If you’d like to join the conversation here and offer your input as to finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment, please leave a comment below. For now, thanks for connecting 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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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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