Yes we are destroying our home

June 24, 2018

Trash in the sea

Sure it is a single picture, taken surreptitiously, but it suggests yes, we are destroying our home. Even so, we go through the pantomime of talking about quality control and rigorous standards for our food producers whilst we are polluting the sea, the air and the soil.

The damage plastic is doing to the oceans is common knowledge and yet, rightly perhaps in the spirit of freedom of choice, fish remains a popular food for many.

That we choose to breathe in horrendous amounts of harmful particles, instead of cutting back on our motorized vehicle usage, is another contradiction of the modern world.

All in all the outlook appears bleak as we ponder the reality that yes we are destroying our home.

Knowing things on a large scale change only after much time and discussion, we at least have the option to amend our behaviour with immediate effect. By opting for more beneficial alternatives and implementing a mindful approach to how we treat the environment we are doing our bit to stem the destruction.

Furthermore, our actions could be witnessed by others and become examples to replicate, thus spreading the efforts to counter the fact that yes we are destroying our home with our actual ways of being. That in itself would be another step forward.

Although I am sad it is necessary to write this post, I appreciate your presence here and thank you for reading this ‘Yes we are destroying our home’ rant 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 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 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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Moved by our surroundings

June 21, 2018

Being moved by our surroundings is something we may all experience on occasions. Locations visited frequently can take on new meaning or come to hold a particular significance when circumstances alter. On a personal level, it might be enough for us to notice with greater perception than usual our surroundings.

So, right now, on a scale of one to ten, how moved are you by your surroundings? What is unique about where you are? To what extent does the locality reflect your life? What would make this place more meaningful? How willing are you to undertake the changes to either the place or your attitude towards it?

Once we increase our awareness of our surroundings we may begin to find a new attachment to aspects of life usually taken for granted. And in this way become more moved by our surroundings than previously we had thought possible.

With so many questions asked here, it is time for me to stop and let you reflect, if you wish, on them. Thanks, in any case, for reading this ‘Moved by our surroundings’ 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 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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Being creative by looking up

June 17, 2018

Creative art in the sky

Ploughing through the day is an approach associated with busy folk, but then being creative by looking up could also be so. After all, to get things done successfully it is not enough to ‘just do them’. An element of imagination harnessed to best practices ensures we focus efforts in the most productive manner.

Being creative by looking up need not even refer to seeing an artistic display as, for example, the photograph at the top of the page here. It is enough to lift our head from whatever screen happens to be in front of us to experience life through our eyes.

On a similar level, it is common to see pictures of folk at music and sporting events embracing the action through the ubiquitous phone. It is what it is we can say.

Being creative by looking up, however, remains an option and one worthy of taking up from time to time, if only to return to the screen with renewed energy and purpose.

To join the conversation here on the issue of being creative by looking up, 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 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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Limited options limit our choice

June 14, 2018

Limited options on food stall

Focusing on the idea of how limited options limit our choice, we could look at why we fail to see numerous opportunities available to us at any moment.

So often we hold on tight to what we feel is the only option, or way forward, for us and in doing so lose sight of potentially more beneficial alternatives. There might be an element of fear responsible for our lack of courage to select new, untried, avenues open to us.

Doing what we have always done may not be getting us to where we say we would like to be but it is ‘safe’, ‘comfortable’ and ‘within our ability to manage’. ‘Playing small’ some may say in a judgemental manner.

Another factor restricting our vision is possibly our inability to put actual worries, fears and doubts into a perspective of reality. Rarely are challenges so pressing, so crucial, that we are obliged to renounce our good sense to deal with them immediately. And yet we do just that many times over.

Putting all our energy into sorting out the latest ‘squeaking door’ we forget to give attention to issues more likely to be advantageous to us in the coming future. ‘Limited options limit our choice’ or better ‘Poor priority management limits our future’.

With society fixated by the idea of ‘moving forward’, few find the strength of character or inclination to buck the trend and hit the pause button to review progress, plus the likely destination continuing with current efforts will lead towards.

Well, having pondered the idea that limited options limit our choice, I had better stop now. I hope the input here has, in some way, provided material for reflection. Thanks for reading this ‘Limited options limit our choice’ 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 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 live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Heart Poems On Time. The NEW book

June 12, 2018

Sands of time

Heart Poems On Time

“That time passes is a given. That we use it well is a choice.” Brian Groves.

With the Heart Poems series now well established and appreciating the extent to which time impacts on how we live each day, a collection of poems around this crucial theme is surely not out of place.

In a similar way to enthusiasm and energy, time available today may not be there for us tomorrow. It cannot be ‘stored up’ for another moment. We either make use of it now or lose it forever.

Nevertheless, it is easy to believe we have all the time in the world to reach our goals.

Accordingly, this book is aimed at helping you remember this is the moment for you to be you, live your potential and embrace life as it is, right here and right now.

With attention focused on the now, we are able to manage items previously having the power to distract us from our priorities. Moreover, fears about tomorrow and concerns hanging around from yesterday have little impact on us as we go about embracing today.

With this book, you will get the opportunity to:
a) Explore your perspective of today;
b) Ponder the extent you are living the moment;
c) Apply any new thinking in your life.

I hope this book becomes a catalyst for further reflection and input for you to manage not only today but also tomorrow.

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

With that said, enjoy!

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 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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A walk in the park

June 10, 2018

Walking in the park

Why is Brian blogging about a walk in the park? A good question.

Actually, I am thinking about a walk in the park from the perspective of doing something to get us out into nature if we are not already there.

Spending much of my time either in a training room, a virtual coaching space online or shut up in my home-office writing blog posts, books and poetry, a walk in the park every now and then is not a bad thing.

In reality, I take an early morning run in the park most days during the warmer period of the year. For me, that usually means mid-April to mid or late September. Sorry, but getting up at five is not the problem it is the idea of going outside into the cold that stops me the rest of the year.

Anyway, for those days I am not outside to see the dawn, a walk in the park offers a positive alternative. ‘Getting some air’ and ‘Stretching the legs’ are valid reasons to make such an effort. Even when the To do list seems more urgent than a walk in the park, productivity increases after a few minutes of exercise.

With that said, I’m off for a walk in the park. See you there?

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 live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Picking our moment wisely

June 6, 2018

Picking flowers wisely

Completing anything well often involves picking our moment wisely. Circumstances are what they are and it is our responsibility to ensure we focus our efforts for maximum impact.

The decision to intervene in a situation will be influenced by many factors, some unknown to us before we act. Being able to make valid judgement calls is, as such, an art as much as a science. And picking our moment wisely is a crucial part of this skill.

We need to make use of our intuition to assist us in picking our moment wisely. Trusting our intuition is thus a key attribute for us to develop.

Other aspects associated with picking our moment wisely relate to the manner in which we see whatever is before us. When we are attracted to or inspired by an issue, we are more likely to bring our full range of abilities to the proverbial table.

But what about those occasions we fail to go about picking our moment wisely?

Well, as I repeatedly remind myself and my coaching clients, we are human. Mistakes offer us an opportunity to tweak our strategies and develop ourselves, or at least toughen ourselves up. Yet on the whole, when we apply ourselves things more often than not turn out okay, no?

To join the conversation here on the issue of picking our moment wisely, 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 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.

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