Appreciating the past as richness of the present

August 6, 2017

Past riches

 

‘Shiny’ and ‘New’ certainly have their place in society even as we go about appreciating the past as richness of the present.

The kaleidoscope of the moment contains a variety of ideas, themes and input deriving from yesterday, today and in a certain sense also tomorrow. The value of the whole justifies the single pieces. Possibly, for this reason, we should engage in appreciating the past as richness of the present.

With built-in obsolescence ingrained in many items, it is difficult to imagine being able to propose a similar enquiry in say five hundred years with reference to today’s constructions and the like. Nevertheless, as stated before, all items – ancient, actual and who knows even future ones – add to the wealth of the present.

It is natural to move from merely appreciating the past as richness of the present to asking how to go about appreciating and using what we have without destroying it as we do so. The dilemma regarding public consumption and private conservation is perhaps best left to others as it falls outside the scope of this post.

In any case, being grateful for the efforts of long-gone artists who created so much beauty for us to still enjoy is potentially a way of appreciating the past as richness of the present.

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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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.

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

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To what extent are we ready for tomorrow?

July 16, 2017

Sunrise on tomorrow

 

Let’s be clear from the start by asking to what extent are we ready for tomorrow? we are assuming there will be a tomorrow. Usually I prefer to avoid assumptions, but in this case, I have made an exception. So, with fingers crossed and touching wood, I’ll let the supposition about tomorrow stand.

Two points spring to mind concerning ‘To what extent are we ready for tomorrow?

Firstly, the extent is important. Giving ourselves the maximum chance of obtaining a successful tomorrow depends on what we do today. Secondly, the matter is under our control and hence we will also be partly responsible for the resulting outcome too.

Preparing for an assignment or undertaking is a key element to being ready. Ideally, we set aside time to investigate what is required of us and then take the appropriate actions to acquire the relevant skills. Of course, this may mean a bringing together of existing items if the event is one we are pretty familiar with.

Should it be this inquiry about to what extent are we ready for tomorrow has stirred you to action today for tomorrow, and you’d like to explore options as part of a complimentary coaching session via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent are we ready for tomorrow?’ post.

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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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.

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

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Is it really true that work never ends?

July 6, 2017

Work sign

 

With many projects in the pipeline, a million and one tasks to be completed by an ever nearing deadline, plus calls on our time from family and friends, it is fair to answer a responding “Yes” to the question “Is it really true that work never ends?

Such a position would be acceptable on many levels, but one giving little scope for further words here. Also, if you are a regular reader of these posts you surely appreciate I see work as a part of life to be enjoyed as far as possible in the same way as any other activity.

So, is it really true that work never ends?

If, like me, you love what you do under the heading of work you will probably connect with the thinking that work never stops, but likewise never starts. If, on the other hand, you don’t enjoy your work/job/current status of employment, what are you currently doing to change your situation?

Unless the seeds are planted flowers cannot grow and it is the same with pleasurable activities. In a roundabout way the question “Is it really true that work never ends?” has been pondered.

To share your thoughts on the issue “Is it really true that work never ends?”, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
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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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


To what extent are we living our vision of a great life?

June 29, 2017

Vision of life

 

You might be forgiven for thinking this ‘To what extent are we living our vision of a great life?’ post is merely an extension of the recent ‘How trust in our dreams can repay us handsomely’ post (click here to read).

The focus of this ‘To what extent are we living our vision of a great life?’ piece is not on whether or why we are living our dreams or vision, but as the title states: to what extent are we doing so.

Irrespective of individual issues and global questions, our vision of a great life will undoubtedly consist of various elements, each being crucial to complete our vision. However, just as everything seems to be perfect on all fronts, life throws a proverbial spanner in the works. And dealing with this is also part of life.

Allowing ourselves to be halted in our efforts to live our vision of a great life in many respects comes down to our attitude towards challenges. Embracing whatever life offers us as opportunities to learn and grow is one approach. Moaning, groaning and choosing to use difficulties as excuses to play small is another one.

To what extent are we living our vision of a great life?” is a tough question to respond to. Each day or even each hour would possibly warrant a different answer.

That said, the intentions we set out and our plans and goals give our efforts direction. Ideally, the steps taken will themselves explain to what extent are we living our vision of a great life.

Brian.

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
Coach – Trainer – Adjunct Professor – Author

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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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Expectations. Are they driving us on or holding us back?

June 22, 2017

cakes

 

It is perhaps part of life to have expectations. Maybe we are hoping for this, striving for that. Whatever the current situation, we know how we’d like it to turn out. Even so, it is surely fair to ask from time to time in reference to our expectations, ‘Are they driving us on or holding us back?’

On occasions, it is the sheer desire to meet expectations that drive us on. The path could be testing, yet with our sights set on the end goal, we find that extra sprint to get us to it. Unfortunately, likewise, there will be times when desire is not enough.

With the weight of expectations on our shoulders, especially in those instances we have not fully bought into a project or objective, expectations can seem so heavy they are indeed holding us back and possibly also down.

Finding the balance point between these two positions is, in all likelihood, an exercise not so unknown to many of us. “Expectations. Are they driving us on or holding us back?” It is a question to ponder and deal with on a regular basis.

For now, however, thanks for reading this ‘Expectations. Are they driving us on or holding us back?’ post today.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer
Coach – Trainer – Adjunct Professor – Author

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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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Are you giving in or giving to the moment?

June 8, 2017

Clouds in the moment

 

It could be we are sailing along without thought to how we approach each day. If this is the case then the inquiry ‘Are you giving in or giving to the moment?’ would be a ‘bolt out of the blue’. Then again, you may be the type of person who is sensitive to the impact your presence has on those around you.

Taking the first section of the question ‘Are you giving in or giving to the moment?’, the aspect of ‘giving in’ or surrendering to the moment, our action is linked to our way of being as well as the situation we are facing.

As the saying goes: “We don’t need to fight every battle”. This is true especially at a challenging time when resources such as energy, patience and resolve are being tested to the limit.

Giving to the moment, the second section of the question ‘Are you giving in or giving to the moment?’, might suggest we are embracing whatever is before us. Ideally, we are offering our potential to ensure we are living the experience of the moment, whilst being an integral part of it.

Giving in or giving to, two positions seemly opposite in nature. Even so, ‘Are you giving in or giving to the moment?’ remains a question for us to answer, according to our own criteria and in the moment itself.

Brian.

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About Brian

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.

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.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Why the best souvenirs reside in the heart

May 14, 2017

Souvenirs

 

You might be wondering about what I mean with the heading “Why the best souvenirs reside in the heart”. Possibly I am implying the knick-knacks often hawked near popular tourist attractions are less valuable than the memories we create merely by being there.

Alternatively, I might be attempting to explain with the statement “Why the best souvenirs reside in the heart” that to truly reconnect at a later date with a pleasant event or visit, for example, the most important ‘souvenirs’ are those ‘purchased’ by actually living the moment fully at the time of its occurrence.

By being present we avoid that common feeling of having done something, seen something or someone, yet can remember nothing about it. Moving through the day as if on autopilot is the opposite of being present and therefore this is why the best souvenirs reside in the heart.

The notion of a lovely thrilling encounter with reality, or a glimpsing through the crack of illusion if you prefer, is something for which no t-shirts are sold nor fridge magnets exist. Nevertheless, such experiences do occur and accordingly is why the best souvenirs reside in the heart.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

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About Brian

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.

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.

Publications

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

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)

Training through drama for work (2009)


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