Heart Poems On The Sea. The NEW book

January 14, 2018

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Heart poems on the sea, riding the current of life.”

Following the publication of Heart Poems On Waves, it felt only right to continue along similar lines with this new offering.

The reflections brought together here represent an eclectic gathering of ideas, loosely linked to the sense freedom we may find whilst by the sea.

I hope this collection of heart poems on the sea gives you something to ponder and, ideally, enjoy. It was a pleasure for me to write these inspirational poems and it would be pleasing to think you find value in the words.

With each book I write, another piece of me is set out in words. Heart Poems On The Sea reflects my love of the sea and the influence it has on my view of life.

With this book, you will get the opportunity to:

a) Read twenty-six poems from the heart;
b) Explore ideas wrapped in words;
c) Apply any new thinking in your life.

Possibly this book becomes a catalyst for further reflection on what is dear to you.

Though I am experienced in the field of professional and personal development, you are the expert on your life. Implementation of any new thinking will, of course, need to be undertaken by you, I cannot do it for you.

With that said, let me thank you for your presence here and wish you Happy Reading!

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 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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What will you do differently this time around?

January 11, 2018

Bike with flowers

The goals are set, plans are in place and intentions are good. Yet we can imagine this was the case last year too. So, what will you do differently this time around?

Is extra effort going to be given to ‘completing more’ instead of ‘starting lots’?

Perhaps attention is now on our strategic long-term objective rather than concentrating on tactical day-to-day actions.

Pondering the question ‘What will you do differently this time around?’ might be, in itself, a major shift in our mindset. Linking action to priorities will additionally add value to later efforts.

If past goals were regularly achieved then there may be no reason to do anything differently this time around. “What will you do differently this time around?” “Nothing at all.”

Changing for the sake of changing seems a waste of time and energy. That said, to take into account new input, modified circumstances and an enhanced vision of how we wish to live our potential this year, tweaking and adjusting could be called for.

Being clear about our strengths and weaknesses gives us a base to work from over the coming months. For now, it is enough to listen to your answer as you go about answering the inquiry ‘What will you do differently this time around?

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 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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Reflecting on progress achieved this past year

December 31, 2017

Two people reflecting

 

Reflecting on progress achieved this past year, I wonder what strikes you the most. Your view of the various successes representing twelve months worth of effort will be very much a personal indicator of how you have lived this year.

Highlights in any specific area of life, including work, may suggest where you focused your attention. On the other hand, certain triumphs could have been forthcoming despite circumstances not being the most opportune. Once again, reflecting on progress achieved this past year is an individual matter.

Regarding any endeavours in which progress was slightly less than hoped for, what additional actions are you planning to implement next year? Seeing where we are now with goal-getting activities planned last year provides input for next year’s plans.

A wider investigation into how the year has been would possibly include our level of general satisfaction in addition to examining the extent we moved nearer to our main overarching life purpose. Reflecting on progress this past year can indeed involve also these items.

As this year draws to a close there is little else to say on the issue of reflecting on progress achieved this past year. So, thank you for being here and good luck with your efforts for the coming year.

Happy 2018.

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 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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Shutting up shop to take a break

December 17, 2017

Shops shutting up

 

Having pushed ourselves for most of the year to date it is perhaps natural that at this point we turn our attention to shutting up shop to take a break.

Ideally, we will have already reached our annual targets and consolidated our position for a strong showing anew next year. Right now, rather than running ourselves into the ground, shutting up shop to take a break might seem a sensible option to take up.

A period of rest and recuperation is possibly a form of reward for all we have achieved over the past twelve months. Without suggesting we should close down our activities completely for an extended time, a few days off will surely hurt nobody as we at least recharge our batteries fully.

The idea of shutting up shop to take a break could shock some folk, especially those not used to operating at anything less than full pelt. That said, there are occasions a moment of downtime can be the most productive action to undertake for the sake and benefit of future ongoing success.

We need not feel guilty about shutting up shop to take a break. Enjoying a quiet time to catch our breath, may also be considered a form of working. Without being able to offer our best self after the break the business will suffer. Shutting up shop to take a break is, therefore, more than symbolic. It is also strategic.

Not wishing to labour the point, particularly if you are in the process of shutting up shop to take a break, I will pause now.

Happy Holidays.

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 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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Taking care as we proceed on our way

December 10, 2017

Care sign

 

It is rarely wise to walk into an endeavour or activity without assessing, even briefly, the risks we could face sooner or later. In a similar way, ignoring the action of taking care as we proceed on our way, perhaps towards a strategic objective, is something best avoided.

Although we may be so captured by our goal that we feel any moment away from engaging with it is a loss of time, taking care as we proceed on our way is actually an undertaking likely to enhance success as opposed to keep it away from us.

Likewise, attempting anything when not in the best of conditions, usually means we are forced to repeat certain elements of it again, as mistakes or instances of sub-standard performance need to be compensated for.

‘Running on empty’ is a phrase much used in the field of personal development to suggest the idea of not taking care as we proceed on our way. Experiencing exhaustion, being burnt out or feeling overly stressed are companions we can do without as we continue marching forward.

Of course, taking care might also involve being aware of other potential issues, not just physical fatigue. Evaluating financial costs, timing questions and so forth will keep projects not only to schedule, within the budget and aligned to desired outcomes but ensure we are taking care as we proceed on our way.

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.

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

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Building the future: an ongoing task

November 26, 2017

Building works

 

Reading the title ‘Building the future: an ongoing task’ may suggest development is an endeavour without end. In a sense, we could say this is the case, yet we need not be overwhelmed by this thought.

Taking the effort we have made to reach where we are, we are in a position to evaluate the extent it has brought us to where we had hoped at the beginning of the undertaking. From here, and with our goal for the future clearly at the centre of our actions, we have the opportunity to continue on our way.

Is building the future an ongoing task? From this perspective, we should respond in the affirmative. Resting on our laurels is not an option in most situations as successes quickly turn into yesterday’s memories given life flows ever on.

Ideally, we won’t be forced to repeat all the construction phases undertaken previously. The foundation for us to be triumphant tomorrow is the sum of all our experience to date, plus the resources and know-how at our disposition right now. Putting these items to work is a key responsibility we have towards ourselves.

In certain instances, the agenda of others dictates the nature and speed of our development. However, even at these times we still have our attitude and enthusiasm under our control to be harnessed for the sake of building the future, an ongoing task indeed.

To conclude, let me just ask you to what extent for you is building the future an ongoing task?

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.

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 moved more by the flames of fear or the fire of success?

November 5, 2017

Fire and flames behind us

 

On the face of it, there seems no difference in either answer to the question “Are we moved more by the flames of fear or the fire of success?” After all, in both scenarios, we need to move if we don’t want to be burnt by our procrastination.

Thinking about the flames of fear, we might ponder what fear specifically we have in mind. It could be the fear of failure, something each of us probably identifies with. We don’t wish to let anyone down and this keeps us moving forward. There is no pleasure in our progress as we see only the stick without the carrot.

The fear of success is a little more difficult to pin down. As much as we want to be our best, the unknown ‘life at the top’ can appear terrifying. Success often brings with it a number of changes to our lifestyle which, although seemingly positive, frighten us into ‘playing small’ to remain in our current comfort zone.

The flames of fear are, in any case, uncomfortable and although we may be moved by them the situation is rarely pleasant. Being moved by the fire of success is, on the other hand, an experience we embrace with a heartfelt intention to live our potential each step of the way.

With the fire of success propelling us forward, our energy and enthusiasm are noticeable for their intensity to all around. Being powered by a clear objective harnesses resources for the sake of reaching our goal.

So, are we moved more by the flames of fear or the fire of success?

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.

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

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