To what extent will this matter tomorrow?

January 4, 2018

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One way we can keep things in perspective is to ask ourselves “To what extent will this matter tomorrow?” In a world changing faster than ever it seems, this simple enquiry may just keep us connected to what is really important.

Pondering the question ‘To what extent will this matter tomorrow?‘ and then listening attentively to our response ensures present efforts are fully focused on priorities.

Being guided by a structured programme, albeit with an element of flexibility incorporated into it most likely, helps us to reach our objectives.

To what extent will this matter tomorrow?” For many, who operate according to the concept of giving proverbial oil to whatever door squeaks the loudest, the response is perhaps “It probably won’t.”

Doing this or that in a haphazard fashion invariably saps energy, rendering any output mechanical and listless at best.

That said, many things we are dealing with now will matter tomorrow. Though overused, the saying “We are building tomorrow today” holds true.

To explore the challenges, choices and/or opportunities you are currently facing as part of a complimentary coaching session, via Skype or Google+ hangout, get in contact.

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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 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Taking care as we proceed on our way

December 10, 2017

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It is rarely wise to walk into an endeavour or activity without assessing, even briefly, the risks we could face sooner or later. In a similar way, ignoring the action of taking care as we proceed on our way, perhaps towards a strategic objective, is something best avoided.

Although we may be so captured by our goal that we feel any moment away from engaging with it is a loss of time, taking care as we proceed on our way is actually an undertaking likely to enhance success as opposed to keep it away from us.

Likewise, attempting anything when not in the best of conditions, usually means we are forced to repeat certain elements of it again, as mistakes or instances of sub-standard performance need to be compensated for.

‘Running on empty’ is a phrase much used in the field of personal development to suggest the idea of not taking care as we proceed on our way. Experiencing exhaustion, being burnt out or feeling overly stressed are companions we can do without as we continue marching forward.

Of course, taking care might also involve being aware of other potential issues, not just physical fatigue. Evaluating financial costs, timing questions and so forth will keep projects not only to schedule, within the budget and aligned to desired outcomes but ensure we are taking care as we proceed on our way.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Is it raining on the activities of today or watering the seeds of tomorrow?

December 7, 2017

Raining on window

 

Looking at the many issues facing us, it could be fair to ask in a poetic manner ‘Is it raining on the activities of today or watering the seeds of tomorrow?

In the first instance, it is possible to think difficulties are upsetting our plans and ruining the progress we feel should be ours. The ‘rain’ is denying us the enjoyment we would have if the day was full of ‘sunshine’ or agreeable initiatives.

From a more positive perspective, we might discover in actual fact these testing times are the nutrients or the water for tomorrow’s success. We may not appreciate the upsets but they are preparing the ground, as it were, for a future filled with joy and wellbeing.

Regardless of how we view the moment, we always have the option of embracing it instead of attempting to push it away. By moving towards whatever the day brings, we have the chance to assess a thing better and, ideally, find the most beneficial strategy for working with it.

Alternatively, we can figuratively stay indoors and hope the ‘rain’ passes quickly. Whilst it will pass, its timing is out of our control and we risk to lose key opportunities as we pretend challenges are not part of the great mosaic of life.

Thanks for reading this ‘Is it raining on the activities of today or watering the seeds of tomorrow?’ post.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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How do we bring our best self into being?

December 3, 2017

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How do we bring our best self into being? In all probability, we are moving through each day in a manner effective for reaching daily goals and objectives. The output of our efforts and endeavours are clear for all to see if anyone is actually interested in looking.

However, maximising our energy and using our potential to the full, how do we bring our best self into being? Coasting through life, doing just enough without giving any more, is an option for those wishing to ‘keep their heads down’ and ‘avoid making too many waves’ to use two clichés.

The problem with this strategy of ‘playing small’ is that life rarely seems to respect those attempting to live in this fashion. Challenges arise and to confront them – be they related to work, health, financial issues or whatever – we are obliged to consider the question “How do we bring our best self into being?

Without bringing our self into being, it is unlikely we will be successful in dealing with what is blocking our progress. So, how do we bring our self into being? Perhaps the first thing is to believe we are capable of harnessing our experience and abilities then focus these on all we need to accomplish.

Offering a half-hearted version of ourselves serves nobody, including ourselves. Giving less than 100% is not a way to save something for later but in actual fact a waste of an opportunity now. ‘Being realistic’ means, in this case, asking ‘How do we bring our best self into being?’ and answering it honestly.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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To what extent do we feel overwhelmed by the moment?

November 30, 2017

Leaves

 

With all that is occurring around the world, the collective answer to the inquiry “To what extent do we feel overwhelmed by the moment?” could easily be something akin to “Greatly”.

However, the response of the majority masks, in a way, the voice of the individual. Each of us has a personal interpretation of current times. We probably base our feelings not only on whatever is around us but also on how well we are progressing towards our objectives, whilst living our potential along the path.

Certainly frustrations, challenges and the like form part of any endeavour. Nevertheless, if we think about our major triumphs to date we will surely note they were achieved despite the presence of difficulties. We coped then and we can do it again.

From this proactive perspective, as we go about doing and being our best, we may respond individually “Not at all” to the question “To what extent do we feel overwhelmed by the moment?

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the ideas put forward here, please feel free to leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent do we feel overwhelmed by the moment?’ post today.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Seeing through the fog of confusion

November 23, 2017

Foggy scene

 

Seeing through the fog of confusion is not so much an exercise related to meteorological conditions as one associated with finding clarity for the sake of moving ourselves forward.

Nowadays we all seem to have endless opportunities to get involved in any manner of projects and endeavours. Away from work, new apps and social media platforms spring up at such a fast pace it might be difficult to master them before they are replaced by even slicker ones.

The pressure to be on top of everything can steal countless hours from each day, leaving little time for our goals if we let it. Seeing through the fog of confusion, in this case, is one of holding in our heart and mind our overarching objective. And resisting the pressure, to the best of our ability, is crucial to this.

There could be times we should step back from immediate needs and instances of minor success to refocus on our main goal. It may be easy to think the ‘wins of today’ are going to carry us to victory tomorrow. Sadly, without extra effort, results risk being similar to those of now, meaning we will fall short of our target.

Hopefully, these few lines have given you some food for thought in connection with seeing through the fog of confusion. If you’d like to explore matters further as part of a complimentary coaching conversation, via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Seeing through the fog of confusion’ post.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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What if that door was the entry to your desired future?

November 16, 2017

Door

 

For a few minutes, let’s ponder the question ‘What if that door was the entry to your desired future?’ In the first instance, we might think we should quickly enter it. After all, it is our ‘desired future’ supposedly awaiting on the other side.

Unfortunately, things are rarely so clear-cut. Moving through the proverbial doorway to a longed-for situation may involve leaving the familiarity of a well-constructed existence, composing of a comfortable lifestyle surrounded by people and objects offering us happiness and satisfaction.

The issue gets more complicated when we add fears and doubts into the mix. As much as we are striving to embrace a tomorrow built on us reaching goals and objectives, there can be aspects of our dream we are not entirely convinced we are capable or deserving of having and living.

So, what if that door was the entry to your desired future? To what degree are you willing to ‘risk the good to reach the best?’ Each situation holds within it challenges and opportunities. Believing in the concept of being able to live life to the full in any moment, we are more inclined to take obstacles in our stride and not be put off by the fear of success prior to reaching our desired future.

Thanks for reading this ‘What if that door was the entry to your desired future?’ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer, Adjunct Professor 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

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