Using action to achieve stillness

January 23, 2020

As the title ‘Using action to achieve stillness’ seems a contradiction, the idea behind it deserves a brief explanation.

Using action to achieve stillness refers, at least in this instance, to the notion of taking conscious actions for the sake of creating a moment of calm in our daily schedule. Once available, this space could become the time for us to meditate, reflect, enjoy nature or indeed any other form of ‘being’ as opposed to ‘doing’.

That we need to go about using action to achieve stillness is itself a statement regarding life today. Nevertheless, rather than attempt to deny the frenzy around us, we can choose to navigate our way through it, after a period of stillness, to arrive at our desired goals.

Using action to achieve stillness might also be a method to keep ourselves balanced in the face of the constant pressure to ‘get more done’, ‘by yesterday’, if possible!

So, that’s what I meant by using action to achieve stillness. To share your input on this concept, please 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.

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Reasons to schedule anything

January 19, 2020

Specific reasons to schedule anything will reflect personal situations and choices.

Nevertheless, some general reasons to schedule anything might include:

1) Having a schedule allows us to prioritize time and resources.

2) A clear and detailed agenda helps us focus our preparatory efforts.

3) We free our mind from attempting to hold any number of appointments, task and the like in our head.

To join the conversation regarding reasons to schedule anything, feel free to 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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Being less to be more

January 16, 2020

We are all busy, this is just part of life today. Nevertheless, attempting to be everything to everyone and refusing to admit ‘that one extra task’ we say ‘yes’ to may throw our schedule off track, place additional stress on our shoulders.

However, as we jump from one urgent item to another, our objectives fall further down our to-do list. Being less to be more, on the other hand, involves us turning down assignments and speaking up to utter a categorical ‘no’ when it is needed.

Yes, we will upset those people who are accustomed to dropping their problems on us. Refusing the role of Indispensable Jane or Joe takes practice, even if such a position is not in our job description. Being less to be more of who we are is uncomfortable initially, yet is an act of authenticity.

If exploring the issue of being less to be more as part of a coaching conversation sounds interesting, get in contact.

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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.

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Guarding our mind against daily attacks

January 12, 2020

We lock the door, take care of passwords and the like, but to what extent are we guarding our mind against daily attacks?

In precise words, these attacks could include:

a) Toxic opinions spouted out by people around us;

b) Negative news stories reported endlessly on television and across social media;

c) Belittling thoughts inside our head, possibly telling us we are not good enough.

In terms of managing our time, guarding our mind against daily attacks coming from distractions, non-strategic activities and unfair requests on our schedule is a crucial task for us to undertake.

And once we have the habit of guarding our mind against daily attacks, our days, at least, take on a shape more aligned to our objectives. Although there will still be moments in which we have no choice but to do this or that for others, in these instances we know they are the exceptions, not the rule.

In all probabilities, you have winning strategies for dealing with these attacks. Accordingly, if you would like to share them, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

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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.

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Knowing what we do not know

January 9, 2020

Focusing on our strengths, operating to the best of our abilities, is one thing, yet knowing what we do not know is also part of our personal development.

From the perspective of being able to evaluate our position to ensure subsequent actions are aligned to values and goals, knowing what we do not know is a crucial factor.

Awareness of our knowledge gaps allows us to ponder their impact on our performance and, if necessary, plan strategies to overcome the issues.

Aspects of our skill set in which we are scarce, yet have no relevance to our present or expected future activities, can probably be ignored in the short term. Knowing what we do not know gives us this insight. In such a way, our efforts are directed on only strategic matters.

Exploring the situation for the sake of optimizing one’s potential could be part of a coaching conversation. If you would like to discuss this option, get in contact.

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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.

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Moving onto a bigger stage

January 5, 2020

The new year may have brought with it exciting opportunities and the occasion to consider moving onto a bigger stage of work and life.

Whatever the nature of the project resulting in us moving onto a bigger stage, we bring to it all of our accrued experience and competencies. The challenge might appear daunting yet we should not forget that:

a) Previous endeavours probably made us feel equally nervous but we survived them and grew;

b) Moving onto a bigger stage suggests we have demonstrated sufficient ability to justify this promotion;

c) Like us, others before us had to grow into their positions. Nobody is born with all the skills required to do a particular job. We have to engage in ongoing development, even as we go about moving onto a bigger stage.

At times, talking through fears and doubts can help with the adjustment to changing situations. To set up a coaching conversation, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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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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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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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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