To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?

August 31, 2017

Swimming in the moment sign

 

Many sources suggest we should be ‘mindful of the present’, ‘living in the moment’ and ‘doing just what everything consciously aware of right now’. Whilst this advice is all very relevant, we can ask to what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?

The question ‘To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?’ may appear to imply a criticism of being in harmony with this actual time. However, for the sake of understanding better our situation, it is worth considering.

With attention focused on the now, it is likely we are able to manage easily items previously having the power to distract us from our priorities. Furthermore, fears about tomorrow and concerns hanging around from yesterday have little impact on us as we go about embracing today.

In these instances, we are surely benefitting greatly by swimming in the moment and, if nothing else, we are able to ideally save ourselves from stress and upset by putting aside the past and the future. To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment? “Significantly”, we may answer.

As with any exploration of our habits, we should keep in mind the opportunity cost of something as well as the corresponding cost of not doing it. Being clear about the gains and losses associated with our actions helps us in responding to the inquiry ‘To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?

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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How much do your habits mould who you are?

June 1, 2017

Moulded clay pots

 

Seeing our habits as clay shaped into a pot, ‘How much do your habits mould who you are?’ becomes a key component to looking at and even understanding how we are, as well as indeed where we are.

Taking this idea further, we should bear in mind pots sometimes crack, leak and, if necessary, are able to be remoulded to better serve our needs. How much do your habits mould who you are? Possibly the answer is: “As much as is beneficial to us.”

The question can be pondered with an emphasis on any areas of life, health and financial quickly spring to mind. How much do your habits mould who you are? If habits include smoking sixty cigarettes a day and religiously opting to take the car for even the shortest of journeys, it will surprise nobody if lungs feel clogged whilst pockets empty rapidly. Our choices, our consequences.

Rather than asking “How much do your habits mould who you are?”, we could decide to consider what life would be like with a) less restrictive habits and/or b) habits providing a lifestyle more attuned to heartfelt values.

Such a matter might best be explored as part of a complimentary coaching conversation via Skype or Google+ hangout. If you are interested, please get in touch.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘How much do your habits mould who you are?’ post today.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained Co-Active Coach, and Freelance Trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.

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.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

How to deliver your potential successfully on the stage of work (2016)

The stage of work (2016)

Performance skills at work (2015)

Personal performance potential at work (2014)

Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013)

Reflections on performance at work (2012)

Elements of theatre at work (2010)

Training through drama for work (2009)


Reflections – Spring Cleaning

March 31, 2011

Daisy always gets busy this time of the year. For her, like many folk I guess, the change of season is a time to spring into action.

She takes delight in having the apartment building looking its best for Easter. The leaves of the plants are polished and the communal runners washed. To avoid being dusted as part of the spring cleaning it’s best to keep moving.

Spring cleaning, however, need not be restricted to the visible elements of life. I love the idea of taking time out to explore habits, objectives and even beliefs which may have accumulated over time.

Doing something just because it has always been done is usually an ideal candidate for spring cleaning. Looking at the motivation for a habit might bring to light a reasoning no longer applicable to our actual being.

I appreciate some habits such as Daisy’s desire for cleanliness over Easter can bring pleasure. Yet understanding why we do something is a way of taking responsibility for our life.

That we might then choose to continue with the habit is certainly all well and good. We are undertaking actions from a position of awareness, which is surely a good thing in a world littered with mindless actions.

A project might be staggering on, though its eventual completion no longer holds any meaning. Items on To Do Lists may occasionally benefit from a spring clean. If a task hasn’t been done, despite it sitting on the list for weeks, its presence there can perhaps be questioned.

If you would like to share your input on the issue of spring cleaning, please leave a comment. In any case, thanks for being here today.

Brian.
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