Getting ahead of the field

August 20, 2017

Horses in a field

 

As much as we can believe life is not a competition, a contest against others, getting ahead of the field is perhaps a natural instinct we give in to from time to time.

How we attempt to push ourselves in front will depend on many factors. If we are referring to a question in which the outcome is linked to a ‘first come, first served’ basis, the way we operate might indeed take on a competitive feel.

Alternatively, there will occasions when collaboration is the order of the day and getting ahead of the field becomes a question of giving our all to assist the team in achieving a positive and possibly winning result for all concerned.

The nature of an endeavour impacts on the style and manner of our input. When getting ahead of the field is truly important to us we are invariably able to find hidden stores of energy within ourselves.

For issues related to our personal and professional development, getting ahead of the field may involve us struggling with material not especially to our liking. In these cases, we need to ensure our full attention is given to the undertaking, in any case, to at least give ourselves the chance to acquire additional knowledge.

To share your input or thoughts on the ideas expressed here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Getting ahead of the field’ post.

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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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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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Building today for many tomorrows

August 17, 2017

Building site today

 

Building today for many tomorrows is a way of trusting what we undertake right now will last beyond the immediate moment. Whether this turns out to be so is a question of ‘wait and see’. Creating our future today is an important activity in terms of employing our skills and intelligence.

In an ideal world all our initiatives embrace our potential and in the right circumstances, these activities are indeed examples of us building today for many tomorrows. The optimum scenario, unfortunately, is not always what we have to face, however.

Making every effort to capture our best efforts in the present for the sake of permitting future generations to enjoy them might be our intention. When reality turns out differently we may at least rest peacefully knowing we gave our all and did our best in building today for many tomorrows.

Thinking about buildings dating back to past centuries we admire nowadays, it is likely the constructors then followed best practices to ensure their work survived for us to appreciate. Whether they were aware of the lasting impact their behaviour was going to have we cannot say. In any case, thankfully they did their best.

For us to go about building today for many tomorrows we can learn from the past masters and employ attention to details and take care to live up to the stunning benchmarks they set for us.

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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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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Trusting nature to fuel us forward

August 13, 2017

Nature as a source of fuel

 

Despite the idea of being proactive towards life being a constant feature of these posts, trusting nature to fuel us forward is an option surely worth exploring.

In terms of making progress, it could be argued ‘by any means available’ is a good perspective. Valid though this may be, the idea of trusting nature to fuel us forward here is more related to engaging with natural resources to help us face shared challenges as our individual thirst for energy increases relentlessly.

Over the years nature has been ripped apart to provide us with various sources of fuel. That we are now turning increasingly to so-called green options to safeguard nature seems only fitting. Harnessing the winds, waves and rays is a way of trusting nature to fuel us forward, without causing damage along the way.

Whether many countries follow this approach remains to be seen. For now, we can keep our fingers crossed and perhaps, just in case, turn off the light as we leave the room instead of merely expecting or trusting nature to fuel us forward as and when we demand it.

To share your thoughts on the issues raised here in this ‘Trusting nature to fuel us forward’ post, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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 happens when clarity comes into view?

August 10, 2017

Clarity of view

 

It is all very well talking about wanting to see things clearly in order to get ourselves organised but what happens when clarity comes into view?

Prior to reaching this point, we might be actively engaged in development efforts or merely going through the motions by paying lip service to the idea of clarifying choices and so forth. Regardless of what occurred beforehand, however, what happens when clarity comes into view determines our next move.

It is difficult to pretend we are comfortable staying in the centre of our comfort zone – or routine so smoothing we are barely awake – once we have seen or experienced a compelling alternative with the clarity of who we are and how our potential can be realized.

Frustration is a strong motivator when connected to a bettering of ourselves for the sake of ‘living fully’ instead of ‘playing small’. Certainly, it is not always pleasant to hold onto a picture of clarity, especially when it is vastly different to the reality of the moment.

That said, it is up to the individual to ‘walk the path’ indicated by a clear vision of personal and professional objectives. Ideally, the journey will provide enjoyment and satisfaction with each step of the way, although as ever there are no guarantees.

Please feel free to get in contact if you’d like to explore the issue of what happens when clarity comes into view as part of a complimentary coaching session, via Skype or Google+ hangout.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘What happens when clarity comes into view?’ 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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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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Appreciating the past as richness of the present

August 6, 2017

Past riches

 

‘Shiny’ and ‘New’ certainly have their place in society even as we go about appreciating the past as richness of the present.

The kaleidoscope of the moment contains a variety of ideas, themes and input deriving from yesterday, today and in a certain sense also tomorrow. The value of the whole justifies the single pieces. Possibly, for this reason, we should engage in appreciating the past as richness of the present.

With built-in obsolescence ingrained in many items, it is difficult to imagine being able to propose a similar enquiry in say five hundred years with reference to today’s constructions and the like. Nevertheless, as stated before, all items – ancient, actual and who knows even future ones – add to the wealth of the present.

It is natural to move from merely appreciating the past as richness of the present to asking how to go about appreciating and using what we have without destroying it as we do so. The dilemma regarding public consumption and private conservation is perhaps best left to others as it falls outside the scope of this post.

In any case, being grateful for the efforts of long-gone artists who created so much beauty for us to still enjoy is potentially a way of appreciating the past as richness of the present.

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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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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From what perspective are you seeing today?

August 3, 2017

Perspective of colour

 

The answer you offer to the question ‘From what perspective are you seeing today?’ speaks volumes about how the day is going and indeed from where you are reading this.

When we are able to push past the immediate clouds of the day, the panorama before us could represent the opportunities we have, even if they were originally invisible to us. That they exist can help us in our efforts to actually see them and eventually embrace them.

Naturally, there will be times we need to give our full attention to a vision of today not fully to our liking. Whether related to work or any other obligation we have towards life, the outlook whilst not necessarily desired deserves our consideration.

So, from what perspective are you seeing today? How do you feel about whatever is before you? To what extent are you living the moment as opposed to merely passing through it? Your responses will possibly provide insight to help you manage not only today but also tomorrow.

In this instance, nevertheless, it is time to end this ‘From what perspective are you seeing today?’ 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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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 are we focusing on the details of life?

July 30, 2017

Window cleaner

 

How we answer the question ‘To what extent are we focusing on the details of life?’ will in many instances depend on the moment and how we feel towards it.

To what extent are we focusing on the details of life? The details of life referred to may include, although not be limited to a) things to be undertaken, b) people around us and c) our objective leading to the carrying out or upholding of our desired lifestyle.

Looking at the inquiry from another perspective, it might be interesting to consider what captures our attention more than the details of life. We could be distracted by our hobbies, bemused by world events or even merely tired and looking to be left alone by everyone and everything.

Only we can answer ‘To what extent are we focusing on the details of life?’ for ourselves. We should not, no matter how much the so-called ‘others’ push us to do so, feel obliged to follow any path – including that of focusing on the details of life – unless we are convinced it is right for us.

How we live our life is an individual matter. The weight we give to various aspects of life is rarely easily put into words. We need not think we have to justify our approach to anyone, provided we respect all, operating within the law of the land.

Or possibly not. If you would like to join the conversation here and share your ideas, please leave a comment below. For now, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent are we focusing on the details of life?’ 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 based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching 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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