Colouring our outlook in a positive way

July 15, 2018

Colourful skyscape

With the title ‘Colouring our outlook in a positive way’, I am referring to our approach to life in general and to this moment in particular.

During the winter months, it is more likely we turn to our imagination to go about colouring our outlook in a positive way. Once the summer kicks in, however, the long days provide instant access to wellbeing and good cheer.

During the warmer months, it is enough to embrace the beauty of nature to ensure we are colouring our outlook in a positive way. Our mood, mindset, approach or indeed outlook, all impact on how we live the moment.

Nevertheless, colouring our outlook in a positive way is an option, regardless of the season, always available to us.

From a different perspective, that of seeing the world as a giant colouring book, it is clear how we would wish to put many colours onto the page to produce a rich and diverse image. The world is already a marvellous thing and yet is enhanced by us colouring our outlook in a positive way.

Colouring our outlook in a positive way is then, not only a lifestyle choice but an affirmative action for life itself and for us all making up the world’s population.

Thanks for reading this ‘Colouring our outlook in a positive way’ 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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Simplicity as an attitude

July 12, 2018

Simple landscape

A ‘Can do’ mindset is considered by many as being how we should all approach life and yet, if we are fair to ourselves, we know there are many approaches to living life including that of adopting simplicity as an attitude.

Provided we harm nobody and respect the laws of the land, our way of embracing life is an individual matter. Ideally, we live a lifestyle reflecting our personal values. Actions will be undertaken in alignment with our outlook and moral code of behaviour.

Mutual respect is key to having the freedom to determine the manner in which we operate in our connected world. Few of us dwell on a desert island, cast off from society. Accordingly, choosing simplicity as an attitude requires us to make choices to implement, maintain or enhance our desired lifestyle.

Whether incorporating every area of life or only certain aspects, simplicity as an attitude is valid to the extent it offers the individual concerned the benefits hoped for. Naturally enough, it is not an attractive option for everyone.

Being a fully-fledged member of the consumer society is in a sense the direct opposite to that of embracing simplicity as an attitude. With a multitude of variants between these two positions, we are encouraged to select a way of being appropriate to who we are and how we wish to be in the world 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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Heart Poems On Work. The NEW book

July 10, 2018

book cover

Heart Poems On Work

“How we manage the flow of work in line with the time available is an indicator of our priorities.” Brian Groves.

Whether looking for it, doing it or reminiscing about it, work takes up a large part of the day for many people. Accordingly, it seems fitting to add to the Heart Poems series with this collection dedicated to working in a general sense.

This book is aimed at setting out ideas, perspectives, observations and even a few insights, all for the sake of providing entertainment, enjoyment and possibly even assistance as you go about being who you are, doing what you do and letting your potential shine, also whilst working.

With titles ranging from ‘What is work?’ to ‘Noting it down’, the concept of work and aspects of it are explored here. Ideally, the words set out will connect with you in some way, leading to a knowing smile or one of those ‘Oh yes’ moments.

In any event, with this book, you will get the opportunity to:

a) Read heartfelt words related to work;

and

b) Engage with work from a variety of perspectives.

I hope this book becomes a catalyst for further reflection on the question of work.

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

So, happy reading!

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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Viewing the future in the present

July 8, 2018

View into the future

Without indulging in the theoretical question of time being relative and so forth, it could be interesting to spend a few moments pondering the value of viewing the future in the present.

Many people set aside a period of time on a Sunday to prepare the coming week. Goals are assessed, strategies clarified and the agenda reviewed to ensure at least part of the week is going to be dedicated to our core objective – be it as a minor or major step based on the time likely to be available to us.

Within this process of viewing the future in the present, certain items may need to be given a greater or lesser priority to accommodate pressing issues, ideally without overlooking our professional and personal interests.

Viewing the future in the present in this manner is a way to anticipate challenges and schedule in periods of the week to handle them should they arise. Building flexibility into our timetable also reduces stress in the event we are obliged to modify our programme to deal with the unexpected.

Once the week is structured, it can be good to give ourselves time daily, possibly before getting out of bed, to mentally run through the tasks of the day. By viewing the future in the present in this way, we have the chance to rehearse and tweak, if required, our actions with a winning mindset.

To share your input on the issue of viewing the future in the present, don’t hesitate to 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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What inspiring presence moves us?

July 5, 2018

Inspiring building

There are many buildings, iconic structures, celebrities even, that hold a particular place in the heart of people, yet right now I am curious to learn what inspiring presence moves us as a group of readers, bloggers, and such like.

I appreciate the choice will in part depend upon where we are reading this. Some of you might be sitting in front of a world-renown monument – the Sydney Opera House or the Eiffel Tower, for example – so there is no need to ponder the question too much.

Others may be looking at this on the phone whilst travelling on an underground train somewhere. To answer the inquiry ‘What inspiring presence moves us?’ in this instance imagination will need to be used.

Going beyond the ‘What’ aspect of ‘What inspiring presence moves us?’ it is interesting to consider why certain things or people hold such attention and attraction for us.

Natural beauty is possibly one reason we find this or that inspiring. Alternatively, it could be a matter of connecting with what is represented by ‘the inspiring presence’ on an individual or even global scale.

Using the positive feelings created by pondering what inspiring presence moves us, we can choose to embrace the rest of the day with a positive approach worthy of what inspires us.

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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Seeing the goal before us

July 1, 2018

Goal before us

A fundamental point for achieving anything is seeing the goal before us. Without a clear view – literally or figuratively – of our objective, all efforts risk to be wasted.

Whilst there are few guarantees our enterprise and persistence will lead us to where we wish to arrive, again seeing the goal before us is a valid method for ensuring we maintain focus in our endeavour. Some people might argue a goal should be so big it dominates all we do and spurs us forward moment by moment.

Within the field of professional and personal development, techniques and actions known to bring success to an individual are best continued with. There is no point in wandering far from a tried and proven winning strategy, like seeing the goal before us.

On the other hand, if we are still at the stage of attempting to discover the most suitable approach for us then an element of experimentation is called for. Even so, determination, self-motivation and a firm belief in the possibility of the eventual accomplishment of our goal are crucial factors for us to cultivate.

Believing in the potential of us all, it is probable you have already ticked off a number of goals for this year. If you would like to share your input on how you managed this, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thank you for reading this ‘Seeing the goal before us’ 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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Washed up but not washed out

June 28, 2018

Boats washed up

Taking a mindful rest from the endless challenge of pushing ourselves forward might be viewed as us being washed up but not washed out.

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, being ‘washed up’ refers to an item “deposited by the tide on a shore”. A figurative break on the side – before we feel washed out, “pale and tired” to quote the dictionary again – not only does us good now but can help us be more productive later.

Washed up but not washed out’ may also be read as a way to direct efforts relating to this or that project. At a certain point, it could be necessary to suspend our input. Giving a pause to things in such instances allows us to take stock of where we are with the endeavour, and understand what still needs doing.

Regardless of how you are feeling at present, washed up or washed out, thanks for stopping by and reading this post today. If you would like to share your thoughts on the topic of being washed up but not washed out, please feel free to 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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