Developing ourselves by helping others

July 18, 2019

Regardless of our formal role, position or job title, we are all, in many ways, involved in the learning sector and developing ourselves by helping others is just one of the fruits we obtain from our efforts.

The expression “The best way to learn something is to teach it to others” is often quoted in training circles. Indeed, the process of preparing to explain something to someone invariably begins with a period of self-study, preparation and reflection.

In this phase, we are able to connect the new material to our existing knowledge of the subject. And while teaching the information, new perspectives may be offered by the participants to further extend our understanding and development. Again, it is developing ourselves by helping others.

Helping others is not limited to formal teaching situations. It could occur through conversations, encounters, and in writing. Even a well-timed question might be enough for a person to gain insights previously never considered.

Developing ourselves by helping others is, of course, a mindset as much as an action. Being open to ongoing learning puts us in a position to take advantage of daily opportunities to grow and help others as a result.

To share your thoughts on the issue of developing ourselves by helping others, 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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

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Being our best is always the best option

June 27, 2019

Although there are many ways of moving through life, being our best is always the best option if we want to live our potential fully.

How we actually put that into practice is very much an individual issue. In any case, there might be elements of the following points in the process.

1) Focusing on only one thing at a time. The more concentrated effort we apply to an endeavour, the better the chances of completing it to the best of our abilities.

2) Give attention to aspects of a task which are under our control, rather than worry over factors outside our sphere of influence.

3) Work to our strengths even while we are attempting to resolve any weaknesses. In showcasing our strengths, we are demonstrating what it is to be our best.

To share your input on this ‘Being our best is always the best option’ post, 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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

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Recharging ourselves

June 16, 2019

With a smartphone, the recharging process is relatively easy: plug in and wait. Yet for recharging ourselves, we need to work through a few more steps.

Step 1 in recharging ourselves.

Acknowledge, at least to ourselves, that we are mentally and/or physically tired.

Step 2 in recharging ourselves.

Give ourselves permission to take whatever time is required to go about recharging ourselves. This helps to deal with any sense of guilt we might have as we step away from a busy schedule.

Step 3 in recharging ourselves.

Do whatever works best for us in terms of releasing stress, tiredness and overall fatigue.

Step 4 in recharging ourselves.

Before rushing back into the fray after a period of recharging ourselves, explore how we can better manage our timetable and commitments in future to avoid repeating the situation which initially caused us to engage in recharging ourselves.

Other ideas on the issue of recharging ourselves are also surely valid, so please feel free to share your thoughts by leaving 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Setback, step back, bounce back

June 13, 2019

A setback can occur at any time but inevitably it prefers the most inopportune moment to arrive. And once a setback is with us, all plans and scheduled actions need to be set aside for us to deal with whatever has cropped up unexpectedly.

Reflecting on the appearances of setbacks with a client recently, we spoke about how they force us to take a step back to examine various aspects of life and/or work depending on the situation. This exploration may uncover information concerning the source of the said upset plus input useful for resolving the issue to bounce back afterwards.

Taking time to manage our initial response to the setback, step back and then bounce back to manage the challenge to the best of our ability aligned with our values and goals is a valid approach. To discuss this and other options as part of a coaching conversation don’t hesitate to contact me.

For now, thanks for connecting and reading this ‘Setback, step back, bounce back’ 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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

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Imagination is there to be used

June 6, 2019

Like all our abilities, imagination is there to be used. Whether we decide to tap into our personal, or even collective imagination, for the sake of reaching desired objectives is another matter.

At times it is easy to forget we have the capacity to explore situations beyond the immediate by using our imagination. When we are stressed, worried or tired, challenges take on an ‘all or nothing’ look. We see no room for anything other than what is before us. However, imagination is there to be used and it is up to us to use it.

Visualizing desired outcomes ahead of our intervention, using intuition to investigate alternative solutions plus meditating on how we are experiencing this present moment, are all methods of taking control of our attitude and approach to daily life. As imagination is there to be used too, it would be a shame not to include it in the list of tools and resources at our disposal.

To join the conversation regarding the ideas raised here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Imagination is there to be used’ 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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

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Worrying about worrying

June 2, 2019

Whether it’s work-related or issues about family and friends, worrying about worrying feeds the already stressful moment we are currently experiencing.

A certain amount of concern – the exact measure is surely an individual question – brings focus to our efforts. When the level increases and we find ourselves perturbed over what might, or might not, happen we can easily start to engage in worrying about worrying.

Of course, worrying about worrying rarely relieves our anxiety over the root cause of our anguish. Yet it invariably impedes us from fully facing the challenge and, most likely, stops us from arriving at a solution to it.

Some people create an identity around worrying. Maybe you’ve heard someone say “Well, I have to worry about you”. However, is it really their job to worry about us?

Certainly looking out for us, showing interest in our wellbeing, is lovely. But worrying about us? And if there is nothing to worry about then the worrying about worrying kicks in, I suppose.

Everybody ideally lives according to what is right for them, so there are probably many other considerations on this issue. To share your thoughts, or worries, on the notion of worrying about worrying, 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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

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Putting action into words

May 30, 2019

Without putting action into words it is highly unlikely our words, like our dreams, will ever turn into concrete results.

The process of reflecting, planning and realizing any undertaking revolves around putting action into words. The momentum involved in actually getting to work on what we say we would like to achieve is itself a key step to obtaining success in any endeavour.

Furthermore, putting action into words is a way of underlining the importance and priority we give to the issue in question. So often we might mention we want to do this or that, yet without putting action into words the idea is lost in the flow of thoughts.

Looking at the situation from the opposite perspective, it is fair to suggest our actions don’t need words as they speak for themselves. Whether this is just a play on words is, however, a matter for each of us to decide.

To explore the question of putting action into words for the sake of living your potential, as part of a coaching conversation, feel free to get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Putting action into words’ 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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

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