Focused learning

April 18, 2019

In theory, we all study what we need to know but, in many instances, efforts are far from what we could describe as focused learning.

So often, our attention is captured by interesting yet ‘off topic’ items. Five minutes of pleasant distraction can quickly turn into an hour lost. Focused learning, on the contrary, comes into being when we are able to block ourselves from external factors and drill deep into the material we have before us.

Positive results from focused learning cannot be guaranteed even at such times. That said, we are at least putting ourselves in an ideal position to maximize the chances of them arriving. Of course, learning can occur at any moment, even in those times we aren’t actually engaged in structured studying.

Being open to capturing input at any moment is as much a way of living as a development strategy. And tapping into this approach complements focused learning. Other considerations on the issue of focused learning are surely valid, however, for now, I’ll stop here.

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.

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Control actions, let go of outcomes

April 14, 2019

Wanting to micromanage everything is a trait many of us can recognise, either in ourselves or in those with whom we interact with on a regular basis. And the stress brought about by such behaviour is, in all probability, likewise familiar.

A while back someone suggested a different approach, summed up by the words ‘Control actions, let go of outcomes’. Knowing we are, in any case, unable to always control the outcomes of our actions, it is fair we focus on controlling actions as we let go of outcomes.

Yet what will happen if we do embrace the idea ‘control actions, let go of outcomes’? Personally, I guess I’d become fairly unsettled at first then, hopefully, pleasantly surprised with the resulting saving of time and energy.

What would happen to you? I have no idea but being curious, if you ‘control actions, let go of outcomes’ please share the result.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Control actions, let go of outcomes’, 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 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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Happiness starts with us

April 11, 2019

As much as we might wish to think it is the job of others to make us happy, happiness starts with us and our outlook on life.

Climatic disasters happen, political decisions are made in smoky corridors and additional external factors all bombard us day in, day out. If we choose to wait for ‘everything to be sorted’ before engaging with life, we risk losing much time. For this reason alone, suggesting happiness starts with us seems justified.

The word ‘happiness’ here should not be confused with the idea that all is hunky-dory with our life and the world at large. It relates more to a mindset, an inner compass directing us towards heartfelt goals as we strive to live our life purpose whilst being our best.

Difficulties will crop up requiring our attention. That said, we can face them not as personal affronts but rather as opportunities to apply good sense to find the most acceptable solution for all concerned. Happiness starts with us as we move through life aligned with our values.

Some may say such thinking is too idealistic. Yet honestly, is seeing only the negative in each instance more realistic?

To join the conversation here on this ‘Happiness starts with us’ issue, please leave a comment below. If you’d like to use this post as input for a coaching conversation, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Happiness starts with us’ reflection 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 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.

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Do one thing

April 4, 2019

When we choose to do one thing only it can feel as if we are cheating the world. Multitasking seems to be almost a compulsory way of behaving nowadays. That said, we all know the possible dangers of attempting to do everything at once: increased stress, missed deadlines, insufficient attention to details and so forth.

So why don’t we just do one thing at a time, to its completion or natural end then move onto the next item? There will be many reasons for not doing this, some even valid. But perhaps we should ask ourselves to what extent we are happy being busy, especially when busy doesn’t equate to being productive.

Operating with a ‘Do one thing’ mindset could, in the first instance, create hostility in those people who are used to offloading everything to us. Stating and defending our priorities with a polite refusal when necessary won’t win us many friends in the short-term. But then, unless that is our goal, we shouldn’t worry.

To soften the perceived slight, we may offer a convenient moment to deal with their request or, better still, suggest a more suitable person who is in a position to help. Either way, if we let go of feeling guilty and focus on providing alternative solutions things probably won’t be so bad for all concerned.

Rather than getting bogged down with words, I’ll bring this ‘Do one thing’ post to an end. To share your thoughts on the ideas raised here, 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 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.

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Collaborating our way to the top

March 28, 2019

Much is made of the idea of pooling resources to achieve positive outcomes both in and out of work yet realistically, to what extent are we collaborating our way to the top?

As the adage goes: “ A rising tide lifts all boats”. And, in theory, success for one of us should bring benefits to those who contributed to our efforts and success. Rarely are we operating in a bubble of exclusivity.

Yet collaborating our way to the top is not really concerned with winning at this or that. Possibly the common goals of wellbeing for all plus greater opportunities spread across a larger number of folk are the focus of our attention.

In such instances, it is natural to embrace collaboration as a means to the desired ends. However, imposing a strategy on anyone, in this case, would be going against the spirit of the endeavour and cause friction before success had a chance to be manifested.

But once we have tasted the delights of collaborating our way to the top, it is only natural we would wish to carry on with this practice.

Or maybe not. If you’d like to join the conversation here on the issue of collaborating our way to the top, please don’t hesitate to 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 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.

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Embracing happiness through each success

March 24, 2019

There are many ways in which we are able to enjoy our daily routine but embracing happiness through each success is the focus of this post today.

Ideally, we achieve results aligned to heartfelt goals so in a sense embracing happiness through each success is a natural consequence of our actions. Nevertheless, taking a few minutes to consciously celebrate the positive nature of an outcome adds additional meaning to such moments.

Without proverbially patting ourselves on the back for having successfully completed this or that, we risk devaluing the work undertaken to reach such levels of achievements.

Embracing happiness through each success is a way to acknowledge, at least to ourselves, the planning, preparation and implementation of our work for the sake of moving ourselves along the path of life.

But should we, in a similar fashion, take time to reflect on the pain caused in the event of failure? Switching the question around, why shouldn’t we access this learning opportunity created by obtaining less than desired results?

Being open to constant improvements ensures no occasions are lost to us to better ourselves. In this manner, we are never without the possibility to go about embracing happiness through each success given that we are ‘winning’ or certainly ‘learning’ all the time.

To share your input on the issue of embracing happiness through each 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 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.

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Resonating not only with the details

March 17, 2019

Sometimes we need to look beyond the small and connect with the big to ensure we are resonating not only with the details.

Of course, the key words are ‘not only’ in the phrase ‘resonating not only with the details’. Although it is important to maintain control of issues and items making up our daily routine if we fail to hold onto a view of our desired life who will?

The connection we have with our vision might be tested as setbacks and obstacles crop up on the path to its realization. By resonating not only with the details but also this ‘why’ with regard to our goal, we are putting ourselves in a position to live our potential.

Whether visualizing a positive outcome or amending plans to implement details, coaching may be beneficial. The coaching conversation could take on the role of a virtual space in which ideas, options and choices are explored. To set up a call, get in contact.

Right now, thanks for reading this ‘Resonating not only with the details’ 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 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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