Embracing our potential to live fully

January 2, 2020

No matter what is occurring around us, and regardless of plans and good intentions, we all have it in us to engage in embracing our potential to live fully.

Starting 2020 with an encouragement to go about embracing our potential to live fully might seem a bit strong. Especially as many people are enjoying the festivities, away from their ‘usual routine’. Nevertheless, it is surely beneficial to begin as we’d like to continue, no?

Embracing our potential to live fully requires no extra input from us, besides appreciation of all we have and a commitment to use it in every endeavour. With these two elements in place, the process becomes almost automatic.

And as we get into the habit of embracing our potential to live fully, we might find life opens up in ways previously never imagined. To share your thoughts on the ideas mentioned here, leave a comment below.

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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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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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Looking for the light of tomorrow

December 31, 2019

With the days so short here in the northern hemisphere in these days, it is quite likely we are, in a certain sense, looking for the light of tomorrow. This longing for days to come, however, risks us to miss out on the present.

Yes, we might not like the current cold weather and darkness but how quickly will we be fed up with the sweltering days of June, July and August when they arrive? Right now, the idea seems crazy, yet let’s not forget the usual moans associated with the summer: “too hot”, “too many cicadas”, “difficult to sleep”, and so forth.

Looking for the light of tomorrow, in any case, should not be considered a bad thing if it means we are preparing ourselves for a brighter future. Perhaps we are in the process of getting ourselves organised to be able to step out into the spotlight as ready as possible to let our potential shine.

Regardless of how you are living this moment – embracing today or looking for the light of tomorrow – I appreciate you taking the time to read this post.

In closing, thank you for your support over this year and let me wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous 2020.

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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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 quality time to a chosen few

December 15, 2019

As much as we’d like to be everything to everyone, giving quality time to a chosen few underlines the idea of quality over quantity.

Selecting who is part of the ‘chosen few’ is an ability closely related to several factors including:

1) The importance of certain people in our life;
2) Our long-term and short-term objectives;
3) Our significant undertakings: past, present and/or future.

Giving quality time to a chosen few, that is to say, being both physically and mentally present in our interactions, ensures we are maximizing each encounter. On the other hand, superficially passing through the day means we cannot fully connect with each moment.

As we go about giving quality time to a chosen few we may begin to appreciate the importance of our time. Prioritizing our attention gives us the chance to experience life as opposed to merely ‘attempting to get through it’.

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Happy Holidays.

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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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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Focusing on here as we keep an eye on there

December 12, 2019

Throughout the day it is easy to get caught up with any number of issues and situations. Even if we are strict with our scheduling, focusing here as we keep an eye on there is not always possible.

The pressure to accommodate the requests of various stakeholders often pushes our endeavours to the back of the ‘time queue’. As much as we’d like to be focusing on here as we keep an eye on there we might be forced to deal with unrelated and non-strategic matters.

From another perspective, focusing on here as we keep an eye on there could be a way of spreading ourselves too thinly across tasks deserving our full attention. This may be so in certain instances. Yet awareness of what is going on around us (there) as we concentrate on a single task (here) is not a bad thing.

As ever, how we handle our priorities is a responsibility that sits squarely on our shoulders. Allowing interruptions and distractions to stop us from focusing on here as we keep an eye on there, limits our effectiveness. Or not. To put forward your input on these ideas, please leave a comment below.

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Brian.

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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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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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Understanding our strengths and weaknesses

December 8, 2019

Understanding our strengths and weaknesses is often the starting point for many development sessions. This basic exploration shows us what we should be consolidating, improving and so forth.

The process of understanding our strengths and weaknesses may require a full-scale appraisal involving a 360-degree evaluation, personal SWOT analysis or indeed any number of other tools. The important point, however, is for us to be honest with ourselves as the results can provide key input for our growth.

Regardless of how we go about understanding our strength and weaknesses, remembering a couple of key points is crucial.

Firstly, we are making this inquiry for the sake of obtaining information to better ourselves. Judging ourselves unfairly or too harshly offers no advantages.

Secondly, when going about understanding our strengths and weaknesses, the investigation is personal. Any comparison we choose to make should be between where we are and where we could or would like to be, instead of with others who have their own skill sets.

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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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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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To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?

December 5, 2019

Without any preamble, to what extent is average an acceptable way of being for you?

Yes, this is a tough one. Perhaps there are no easy ways to answer it. After all, what do we mean by ‘average’? And in the question ‘To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?’, ‘acceptable’ according to what standards?

Setting aside the above-mentioned difficulties, by asking ourselves ‘To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?’ we highlight the issue of having control over the level of effort we give to tasks and so forth. Going through the motions as opposed to fully engaging is an option we may choose to adopt occasionally.

However, if we decide to ‘be average’, we cannot complain when people dismiss our input as, yes, ‘average’. After all, if we don’t demonstrate our potential and appear indifferent towards our results, why should we expect others to be satisfied with our work?

Knowing that we have to undertake certain assignments and the like, whether we want to or not, might be enough of a reason to dive into the projects sooner rather than later. Making the most of each moment in this manner gives us the chance to shine or, at least, gain experience for future opportunities.

Please feel free to share your input on the ideas raised here by leaving a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent is average an acceptable way of being?’ post and please do like and share it.

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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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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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Building on what we already have

December 1, 2019

When undertaking a task, awareness of where we are and how we reached this position may be viewed as a starting point for development. Rather than automatically beginning from scratch, we should not overlook the option of building on what we already have.

Building on what we already have ensures we learn from past efforts for the benefit of fulfilling future objectives. In this manner, we are using yesterday’s work as momentum for our ongoing efforts.

Building on what we already have is, additionally, a way to acknowledge the presence in our toolbox of several crucial items such as experience, skills, competencies and learning acquired from previous activities.

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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 the International graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

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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