Learning arrives when we are ready for it

August 22, 2019

Without wishing to get all deep and philosophical – not that I could – it feels that learning arrives when we are ready for it.

We might be pondering a decision yet where we want to get to seems too far from our current reality. Then, as if someone is listening to our inner debate, a casual remark or suchlike pops into our life, providing the key to the next level of development. So yes, learning arrives when we are ready for it.

‘Being ready for it’ may be described as being open to exploring beyond our comfort zone. Without fully knowing how we can reach a goal, we believe, in our heart, it is worth pursuing the objective. Desire to achieve creates the path, as it were.

Possibly, we needn’t worry too much about how learning arrives when we are ready for it but be grateful that it does. And embrace the opportunity it gives us to develop ourselves.

Or not. Please don’t hesitate to share your input on this ‘Learning arrives when we are ready for it’ 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 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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Leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others

August 18, 2019

Leadership is a subject filled with many varying opinions yet, for now, let’s consider the idea of ‘leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others’.

Taking up the responsibility to organize all those elements of our life directly under our control is a form of leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others. It is a way of demonstrating, firstly to ourselves and secondly to others, we are capable of leading.

Once we become accustomed to leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others, the subsequent step of leading others will occur naturally. We shouldn’t be afraid to defend our efforts, especially in the face of those who accuse us of putting our own interests first.

With our own ‘house in order’, we can begin the task of attempting to lead others.

As the issue of leadership is indeed so vast, your input on the idea of leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others would be most welcomed. Accordingly, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Thanks in advance and thanks also for taking time to read this ‘Leading ourselves before we attempt to lead others’ 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.

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Is our self-image pushing us forward or pulling us back?

August 15, 2019

Getting beyond the glamour and glitter of social media, we can choose to ponder one key issue: ‘Is our self-image pushing us forward or pulling us back?

Our self-image is the sum of all our thoughts, emotions, interpretations of experiences in addition to our habits. Although the world will choose to see us as it wants, our self-image is ours to manage.

How we see ourselves, then project this construction to the world, impacts on how we live the moment. We live events and instances through the filters we put in place. And our response to the question ‘Is our self-image pushing us forward or pulling us back?’ is one such filter.

Doing our best in all we undertake, we give ourselves the greatest opportunity to live our potential. This, in turn, maximizes our chance of reaching heartfelt objectives.

Unfortunately, the opposite is likewise true. When we fill our mind with doubts and negativity it’s difficult to strive purposely forward. If we don’t believe in ourselves, why should others?

To discuss this issue as part of a coaching conversation, please get in contact. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Is our self-image pushing us forward or pulling us back?’ 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.

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How focused are we on what is really important?

August 11, 2019

Questions regularly crop up in these blog posts, so let’s continue the habit with this one: ‘How focused are we on what is really important?

Our answer to the inquiry ‘How focused are we on what is really important?’ will depend on our rapport with heartfelt goals, plus our ability to schedule priorities. Provided we are clear about what we want to achieve and base our endeavours on this, our focus will automatically be on what is really important to us.

At varying moments of the year, we may be obliged to spend time on matters not directly related to our core goals. Nevertheless, even in these instances, we need not lose sight of our overarching objectives.

There is no reason to be despondent just because we have to work on less strategic issues once in a while. And, provided it is only ‘once in a while’, we shouldn’t worry about not dedicating all our time to our key concerns. 100% remains the response to ‘How focused are we on what is really important?

Anyway, enough of my thoughts on the issue ‘How focused are we on what is really important?’ To share your input, 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 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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Giving space to our dreams

August 8, 2019

Without giving space to our dreams, at least in terms of finding time to work on them, it’s unfair to think they will become our reality.

So many people openly admit they want to do this or that yet fail to go beyond the talking stage. Giving space to our dreams is a commitment to ourselves to explore options and opportunities for the sake of achieving desired objectives.

Giving space to our dreams could be viewed by some folk as a selfish act. We may choose to counter such thinking by querying who else but ourselves will implement our dreams. Once again, the notion of being proactive makes an appearance. Nothing can come into being without effort.

Giving space to our dreams might involve blocking off chunks of our week to plan, prepare and initiate undertakings designed to lead us to the realization of our longed-for dreams.

Of course, in some instances, we don’t go about giving space to our dreams as, even if we never publicly acknowledge it, we prefer to keep our dreams as dreams. It is pleasant to lose ourselves for a while in thoughts centred on such dreams, but for whatever reason, refuse to do anything to bring them into being.

If giving space to your dreams in the form of a coaching conversation is something you have considered but not set the wheels in motion, let’s talk.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Giving space to our dreams’ 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 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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Giving ourselves time to be ourselves

August 4, 2019

With so many things to do and places to be at, it can seem almost impossible to go about giving ourselves time to be ourselves. Nevertheless, how authentically present are we if we offer only a fleeting glimpse of who we are, rather than giving ourselves time to be ourselves?

It’s a cliché, yes, but life really is lived in the present moment. Unfortunately based on current scheduling, waiting for a clear agenda to start giving ourselves time to be ourselves suggests we could be waiting a long time.

So, will we do it? Knowing the value it brings there is no valid reason not to engage in giving ourselves time to be ourselves. The main obstacle stopping us might be the habit of putting ourselves second, third or even last on the list of people we listen to.

That, however, is another issue, worthy of its own post.

For now, please feel free to share your thoughts on the ideas set out here by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading this ‘Giving ourselves time to be ourselves’ 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 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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Getting beyond stereotypes to see people as individuals

August 1, 2019

Many people these days are discussing what, if anything, specific, is behind the recent rise in tension being experienced in many parts of the world.

Without getting wrapped up in geopolitical considerations and even less in conspiracy theories, perhaps by getting beyond stereotypes to see people as individuals we could begin to decrease some of the tension.

Latching onto simplistic slogans for the sake of categorizing everyone as either ‘good’ or ‘bad’ citizens helps nobody. Seeing the person in front of us as a human being might be more useful. Appreciating we are all co-inhabitants on the earth would go far in overcoming artificial, man-made differences and prejudices.

Getting beyond stereotypes to see people as individuals would, additionally, give ourselves a greater awareness of how we fit into society in general and our own community in particular. Each encounter, every conversation as well as all the smiles we give and receive, make up the experience of our existence.

Furthermore, in this instance, getting beyond stereotypes to see people as individuals is a definition of what it means to be present, right here and right now.

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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