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.

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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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To what extent are you feeling boxed in?

April 26, 2018

Boxes

Asking yourself ‘To what extent are you feeling boxed in?’ is a worthless exercise unless you listen to your answer and act upon it.

The sensation of feeling boxed in might bring with it a number of emotions: frustration, anxiety, worthlessness and hopelessness all spring to mind. Then again, it could be by inquiring ‘To what extent are you feeling boxed in?’ you are indicating to yourself that it is time for a change.

We always have the option to alter our perspective of matters even when we are unable to amend circumstances immediately. The change process works with an injection of energy rather than of inertia or apathy. So, to what extent are you feeling boxed in?

Getting ourselves back on track, realigning actions with goals and a positive outlook cannot be done by anyone else. We may read inspirational tales, watch inspiring film clips and ponder the actions of successful celebrities, but change is a personal issue.

If you would like to use your response to the investigation ‘To what extent are you feeling boxed in?’ as the starting point of a complimentary coaching conversation, via Skype or Google+ hangout, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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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Why walls cannot stop us

April 22, 2018

Wall

In an attempt to explain why walls cannot stop us, it is only fair to say of course in the first instance they do often slow our progress.

But if we are determined to reach our goal – one located in the heart and foremost on our mind throughout every waking hour – we will understand why walls cannot stop us. Progress may turn out to be different to the one first imagined, yet occasionally this is itself not a bad thing.

Oftentimes circumstances lead us forward despite or even because of unexpected challenges impeding our planned path. Taking learning from all the various twists and turns we encounter adds to our life experience and further underlines why walls cannot stop us.

Naturally, stress and worry associated with hitting a proverbial wall have to be dealt with. It is foolish to think we are able to have everything without effort. Achieving our goals requires our input. Decisions will need to be made, particularly when the options of stopping, ploughing on or changing direction arise.

Thanks for reading this ‘Why walls cannot stop us’ 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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Not just black or white

April 12, 2018

Black and white floor tiles

Although it is easy to be distracted and fail to appreciate the splendour of the moment, life offers us a full array of choices from which we can paint our outlook, not just black or white.

In a similar fashion, our approach to challenges is usually more than a limited option, it is not just black or white. We have a multitude of opportunities to put experience into practice for the sake of operating to our potential. And we add value to life when we let it shine.

But we should not forget the responsibilities choices carry. Taking only positive aspects from a situation is rarely possible. Accountability for our actions and the results they have on life is ours to shoulder.

Yet what about those occasions the mindset of seeing more, not just black or white, is not an appealing alternative? In such cases, we are obliged to dig deep into our reserve of patience and wait for the chance to amend things within the scope of our influence.

Or not. To share your input on the issues raised here in this ‘Not just black or white’ post, please leave a comment below.

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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Are we walking a narrow path?

April 1, 2018

Narrow path

How we define a narrow path is, of course, a personal issue. Even so, knowing the answer to the inquiry ‘Are we walking a narrow path?’ is useful. It leads to a better understanding of the potential challenges and setbacks we could encounter along the way.

Certainly, goals help us to focus attention and time as we manoeuvre around daily trials and tribulations. But, are we walking a narrow path towards success or one taking us nowhere? Is the effort productive or time-consuming?

Clarifying why we are attempting to reach specific objectives is best done before setting out. Yet, by reviewing its ongoing validity to us as we walk the narrow path, we can be certain it is still aligned with our interests and such like.

Asking ‘Are we walking a narrow path?’ and listening to the response our heart offers us can provide an overview of our connectivity with the endeavour in question.

In some instances, the activity may appear beyond our actual capabilities and so this could further narrow the path. For those times we are confident of our abilities a narrow path holds no fears for us.

Regardless of how we respond to the question ‘Are we walking a narrow path?’, thanks for being here 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.

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Using intuition intuitively every day

March 1, 2018

Intuitively cloudy day

Using intuition intuitively every day is something we can engage in, even without a conscious effort, for the sake of living to the full. Once we are able to trust that nagging feeling, the symbolic itch desiring to be scratched, we open up options previously closed to us.

However, life throws challenges into the routine we have taken trouble arranging. With the unexpected creeping up, using intuition intuitively every day becomes almost a necessity.

The tasks needing to be completed appear clearly before us when we are using intuition intuitively every day. Strength of character and a sense of purpose guide us each step forward.

Being courageous enough to allow our inner guidance system to direct us is a winning move on our part. But, are we ready to go about using intuition intuitively every day? Upon reflection, are we courageous enough not to?

Thanks for reading this ‘Using intuition intuitively every day’ 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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