The path ahead

February 2, 2023

With noise and confusion surrounding many of us nowadays, it is increasingly hard to say focused and walk the path ahead.

Any doubts we have concerning the way forward are latched onto by those who, for whatever reason, seem to take pleasure in chipping away at our confidence at any moment.

Self-discipline is, according to Brian Tracy, “The ability to make yourself do, what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.”

And this ties in nicely with the idea of seeing the path ahead and moving along it, no?


About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor, Brian teaches the Università Cattolica’s International Curriculum graduate courses Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work, Personal marketing: performance skills at work, The human side of business and Diversity at work: working better by working together, plus the course Mentoring success: the stage of work, being part of the Università Cattolica’s International Internship Program.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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June 28, 2010

Peak Moments as Stepping Stones

A peak moment is reached when we have done our best, fulfilled our potential and experienced that euphoric mood of being on top of the world as a result of our effort. Whether the action is recognized by others or not is beyond our control, we know and that’s what counts.

Once attained, the temptation is to settle with a satisfied glow and bask in the warmth of the sensation of achievement. This behaviour is certainly understandable. After all, we’ve worked hard for our glory so why not enjoy it?

As with everything, however, success is not permanent. Each day new challenges arise requiring our attention as we work towards realizing our dreams and goals. It can be tiring to begin anew but that’s life. However, if we choose, the peak moments can help propel us forward.

Reconnecting with the achievement, perhaps with our eyes closed and our imagination fully tuned to the moment of accomplishment, we can use the tingling feeling we might be experiencing to energize us into focused thinking on the new matter to hand.

As we relive our peak moment, what do we need to do to bring about success in this fresh endeavour? The answer might surprise us; we may feel unsure about our ability to reach such heights. Yet let’s not forget we probably had similar self-doubts about the challenge we now look on as a triumph.

Repetition of success is certainly not guaranteed; we still need to put in the hard work, but the taste of victory is no longer unknown to us. Winning once means we have it in us to win again.

The task before us may well be daunting; the game has gotten bigger. Accordingly, if we stand tall, remember we can bring our full potential into our efforts and use our peak moments as stepping stones, we can enjoy the opportunity to be our best again.

As Brian Tracy said: “Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength to handle at the moment you can grow more surely toward the stars.”

Have a great week.



July 2, 2009

Empirical Happenings

 You will have noticed how over the past few weeks these articles have been getting shorter and shorter. Let me now put you in the picture as to why this has been so.

Involved in an innovative project of a leading university in Milan, I’ve been preparing material for a postgraduate course I’ll be teaching towards the end of this year. The material is being published in book format and accordingly I needed to complete the text before the end of June. Eleven months ago the goal of writing an analysis of four pieces of European drama, extracting learning for the workplace from a training/coaching perspective seemed far-fetched. Drawing on nearly twenty years of experience, reading and providing corporate training, the ideas were many and as this year moved forward the number of words on the page increased. By the middle of June I was out of inspiration. The text was delivered to the publishers on 22 June.

Brian Tracy is an author, sales guru, speaker and self-management specialist. Reading his book Maximum Achievement in the summer of 2005 and implementing his goal setting suggestions continues to bear fruit. As of 1 July 2009 I am a Chartered Marketer, the result of active participation in the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Continuous Professional Development programme. The Chartered Marketer designation, quoting from the official notification, represents an “elite status in recognition of professional excellence.” Wow, thanks Brian Tracy for your inspiring ideas.

In case you’re curious, the lack of inspiration lasted for about a week. Since then I’ve been preparing the course sessions for the university, coaching and generally enjoying life. For now, I can’t do anything else but leave you with some words of Brian Tracy:

“When you develop yourself to the point where your belief in yourself is so strong that you know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, your future will be unlimited.”
Ciao for now.


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