Taking inspiration from our surroundings

December 9, 2018

Inspiring surroundings

No matter where we find ourselves, taking inspiration from our surroundings is an option always available to us and one worth taking up.

With so much pressure on us to conform to a standard set by society through advertising and the like, taking inspiration from our surroundings is an approach offering a personalized, unique perspective on life.

It says much about how we are feeling towards ourselves and our environment when we are able to go about taking inspiration from our surroundings. The input the moment gives us could be that missing ingredient we need to ensure the day is experienced to the full. Letting things merely drift by, on the other hand, might mean we miss out on that something special.

With travel such a key daily feature for many people nowadays, the concept of taking inspiration from our surroundings is virtually only limited by our imagination. Each location offers something new, exciting, unique, characteristic or whatever word we wish to use as a description.

Connecting with this resource is a task made easier through practice. And as we get into the habit of taking inspiration from our surroundings, it might become a source of regular input for us, whether we are here, there or any point in between.

Thanks for reading this ‘Taking inspiration from our surroundings’ 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 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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How nature provides us with ongoing encouragement

November 29, 2018

Nature picture

We only need to look around us – wherever we are – to appreciate how nature provides us with ongoing encouragement. The sky, clear and blue or grey and overcast, reminds us of both the changing character of nature and the inspiration it offers us.

In a similar fashion, trees, plants and animals have their seasons of initial growth, development and transformation. Overall, we are surrounded by examples of how nature provides us with ongoing encouragement and it is our responsibility to be aware of it, tap into it and embrace our day accordingly.

With the colour red dominating this month’s posts, we should not ignore the inbuilt energy of not only this colour but how nature provides us with ongoing encouragement also through this and other ‘living’ colours. Without such shades, life would be a dull affair, devoid of any stimulation.

What we look for determines to a great extent what we find and giving myself the task of seeking out red items has been an exercise in confirming how nature provides us with ongoing encouragement by way of this colour. That red happens to be a favourite colour, along with black and white, is by the by.

Right now, in what manner are you noticing how nature provides us with ongoing encouragement?

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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Looking up beyond the immediate moment

November 22, 2018

Looking up to see umbrellas in the sky

Looking up beyond the immediate moment requires only a willingness to do it coupled with a few minutes of tranquillity away from the daily grind.

The concept of looking up beyond the immediate moment can be described by way of a real-life example.

The other day a client, let’s call her Mary, told me how pressured she was feeling. Her good work had been noted and her boss had hinted at a promotion in the near future. However, all she could think about was living up to the reputation she felt she had of ‘getting everything done yesterday’.

Mary was giving herself no space to appreciate where her meticulous attention to preparation and hard work had gotten her.

Looking up beyond the immediate moment allowed her to mentally move away from the stress of her desire to leave the current position with nothing outstanding for her successor.

Relaxing into the exercise, Mary understood how nobody was expecting an empty schedule from her. In reality, such a scenario would place untold pressure on her successor to start from scratch whilst attempting to combat the fact of not being ‘Ms Do Everything’.

Using her time to sow seeds for future business, on the contrary, would be a beneficial way to see out the remaining weeks and provide a fantastic field to be harvested by her eventual replacement.

As Mary found out, looking up beyond the immediate moment brings into view previously unseen perspectives and possibilities to ponder and maybe act upon.

To discover for yourself the impact of looking up beyond the immediate moment in the form of a complimentary coaching conversation, via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in contact.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Looking up beyond the immediate moment’ 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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Focusing effort on specific areas of development

November 11, 2018

Watering cans for development

We may wish to grow ‘generally speaking’, yet focusing effort on specific areas of development offers us a greater probability of success.

The idea of focusing effort on specific areas of development is perhaps linked to the way we would approach a garden, vegetable patch or allotment – the modern day British equivalent of the victory garden.

Taking the space before us as one large plot could mean we over tend certain parts whilst giving insufficient attention to others. Life is pretty much the same. Knowing when to step in and when to stand aside is a key skill to apply in the fields (pun intended) of personal and professional development.

Focusing effort on specific areas of development can act as a catalyst for such noted benefits across the whole spectrum. The work we give to receiving technical knowledge might be paid back when we need to apply the newly acquired know-how in other areas. Learning for one specific area, therefore, helps us in subsequent endeavours.

The mental discipline of focusing effort on specific areas of development rather than scattering time and energy as a ‘hit and miss’ basis is itself a talent worthy of enhancement. Being able to direct our input with pinpoint precision gives us the chance to use our resume for the best effect.

Thanks for reading this post today. If you’d like to share your input on the issue of focusing effort on specific areas of development, 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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How comfortable are we in the comfort zone?

November 8, 2018

Comfortable surroundings

Yes, I do like asking questions and, by the fact you are here, I guess you like being asked them. So, let’s explore one in the shape of “How comfortable are we in the comfort zone?

To begin, we might react by arguing we are not in the comfort zone. On many levels, this may be true but there is usually an area of life in which we prefer to ‘play small’, allow things to drift, accept the status quo and so forth.

It is conceivable we are pushing ourselves in other parts of our life at the same time. Even so, that other area keeps us attached to the comfort zone.

Recently a client was pondering the potential benefits of a new position at work. The salary increase was significant. Nonetheless, he was reluctant to commit to the promotion for fear of upsetting his family routine.

Once he began looking at the situation from various perspectives, he realized the habits he was so concerned to maintain were actually holding all the family back. His growing children were fed up with ‘the same old family weekend activities’ and both he and his wife longed for time away together for a change.

The image of the family routine had taken over from the reality. With that issue in the open, he was better able to understand the promotion would offer all the family far more opportunities than problems, plus the change could be the catalyst to giving his children more freedom as per their wishes.

So, how comfortable are we in the comfort zone? To discuss this question in the form of a complimentary coaching conversation, via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in touch.

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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Remembering yesterday for the benefit of today

November 4, 2018

Poster from the past

Without wallowing in the past or getting caught up in the revival scene, it can be valid on occasions to go about remembering yesterday for the benefit of today.

By ‘yesterday’ we may wish to look back beyond the last twenty-four hours to a period of time worthy of investigation and remembrance.

Our ‘Golden Age’ could be one in which we were engaged in challenging activities yet felt tremendously alive.

Then again there may be valuable input from recalling a moment in our personal history in which things were not so good. Remembering yesterday for the benefit of today would include taking insight and learning also from such negative moments in our personal history.

Making comparisons between ‘where we were’ and ‘where we are’ can open our eyes to our actual situation. Appreciating what we have nowadays, be it loved ones around us, possessions, career opportunities or whatever, may well be the result of a focused instance of remembering yesterday for the benefit of today.

Regardless of how you feel towards the issue of remembering yesterday for the benefit of today, thanks for taking a few moments to read 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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Is the ladder we are climbing really that of success?

November 1, 2018

Ladder against a wall

Once the initial enthusiasm of a new venture has lost its shine and things no longer feel fun, it is worth asking ourselves a key question: Is the ladder we are climbing really that of success?

It is a question ideally pondered sooner rather than later but that may not always be possible. Knowing what we mean by ‘success’ helps greatly in understanding our position in addition to the direction we are moving in, also as we enquire ‘Is the ladder we are climbing really that of success?

From the perspective of work, the explanation requires the input of various factors. We might wish to consider the validity of alternative activities, financial concerns and ongoing professional commitments. After all, we are not always in a position to be able to change ladders with immediate effect.

With the details available from our investigations, however, options and previously unseen choices may become evident to us. ‘Is the ladder we are climbing really that of success?’ in such instances becomes irrelevant as we begin to comprehend we will reach success no matter which ladder we use to get there.

The proverbial ladder is merely an instrument to assist us and should not be confused with success itself. Or not.

To join the conversation here and share your thoughts on the enquiry ‘Is the ladder we are climbing really that of success?’ 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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