What does success look like to you?

July 16, 2020

Spending time pondering objectives and clarifying goals is a worthy activity to undertake regularly.

Various aspects of our life could be put in the spotlight for the sake of establishing what we wish to achieve in the short-term, medium-term, and long-term.

And once these exploration exercises are complete, it might be possible to answer the key question: what does success look like to you?

To share your response to the inquiry ‘What does success look like to you?‘, please 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 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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What do the coming months look like to you?

September 13, 2018

View over river

I don’t think for one moment you are reading this ‘What do the coming months look like to you?’ post with a crystal ball at your side. However, it is probably fair to suggest you have given some thought to what you aim to do with the rest of the year.

The outlook for all of us will, of course, be influenced by some factors under our control in addition to those beyond our direct area of responsibility. Events relating to political, economic, social and technical matters bring changes to our world almost in real time.

Setting aside external issues, we can focus on what we intend to implement, improve, enhance, maintain or eliminate, for the sake of reaching our desired goals. Where you are right now is the starting point when considering the question ‘What do the coming months look like to you?

If all has been successful to date in terms of following plans drawn up at the start of the year, then actions from now on will be an extension of this winning strategy. Amending tactics, on the contrary, might be the best option should things be different to how they were hoped for.

To explore your intended efforts for the rest of the year with regard to the inquiry What do the coming months look like to you? in the form of a complimentary coaching conversation, via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in touch.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this ‘What do the coming months look like to you?’ post, I hope it has provided input for reflection.

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.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Seeing the goal before us

July 1, 2018

Goal before us

A fundamental point for achieving anything is seeing the goal before us. Without a clear view – literally or figuratively – of our objective, all efforts risk to be wasted.

Whilst there are few guarantees our enterprise and persistence will lead us to where we wish to arrive, again seeing the goal before us is a valid method for ensuring we maintain focus in our endeavour. Some people might argue a goal should be so big it dominates all we do and spurs us forward moment by moment.

Within the field of professional and personal development, techniques and actions known to bring success to an individual are best continued with. There is no point in wandering far from a tried and proven winning strategy, like seeing the goal before us.

On the other hand, if we are still at the stage of attempting to discover the most suitable approach for us then an element of experimentation is called for. Even so, determination, self-motivation and a firm belief in the possibility of the eventual accomplishment of our goal are crucial factors for us to cultivate.

Believing in the potential of us all, it is probable you have already ticked off a number of goals for this year. If you would like to share your input on how you managed this, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thank you for reading this ‘Seeing the goal before us’ post 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.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Reaching the summit of our goal

May 13, 2018

Person reaching the top of a building

As we move forward, doing everything under our control to achieve success, let’s spend a few moments pondering the notion of reaching the summit of our goal.

The objective could be seen as a magnet drawing us towards it. And that is all well and good. But what will happen upon reaching the summit of our goal?

Are we going to discover the so-desired achievement is exactly as we have visualized it? Alternatively, it could be we find ourselves feeling a little empty. Hoping for the former sensation yet appreciating the possibility of this latter reaction, it is worth investing some time in preparing subsequent goals.

We can choose to take the pinnacle of our present aspiration as the starting point for new ventures. Keeping our progress going is a method to ensure we don’t settle on the proverbial laurels and miss out on living our potential.

In the face of personal doubts and negative comments from folk around us, we have the option to consider reaching the summit of our goal as a step along an ongoing development path. And this path surely leads to heights only dreamed about by those unwilling to pay the prices of time and effort to get there.

As ever, please feel free to share your input on the ideas set out here. For now, thanks for reading this Reaching the summit of our goal 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.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Shifting dreams into action plans

February 25, 2018

Empty seafront

 

Looking at various social media platforms, it appears everyone is shifting dreams into action plans and then into a glorious reality.

In an ideal world, this is the case for us too. With our imagination we create a set of desires, then go about shifting dreams into action plans, bringing details together to achieve the objectives.

Yet this ‘perfect picture’ does not take into account the existence of inevitable fears of failing, or even more terrifying, of looking foolish as we do so. Additionally, we may not have been brought up with the modern mindset of ‘Success at any cost’. Without this, our efforts could appear limited to others.

However, this is not to say we are settling for a life in the shadow of ourselves. We strive to accomplish what we can, with what we have now. Nevertheless, without the accompanying pictures posted on X, Y and Z, our efforts of shifting dreams into action plans come across as, whisper it softly, boring!

And, unfortunately, we rarely stop to consider whether others are actually happy doing what they are doing, or the extent to which they might even be a little envious of our lifestyle put together based on our values, rather than on those promoted by ‘society’.

Shifting dreams into action plans is, from this viewpoint, a question of perspectives.

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.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Reaching goals any way possible

December 14, 2017

Taxi reaching a goal

 

Keeping in mind the need for appropriate caution, reaching goals any way possible is something we may feel is, or should be, our overriding objective.

On the one hand, using all resources available to us and putting our experience into practice, we can go about reaching goals any way possible provided we are sufficiently organised and focused on what we wish to achieve.

With so many possible distractions around us, it is valid to look at reaching goals any way possible from a perspective of ‘All or nothing’. Nevertheless, we should not forget the element of enjoyment in our efforts as well as alignment with our values. Doing so would impact negatively on our authenticity and presence.

On the other hand, reaching goals any way possible is something we might find off-putting. Cold-calling, pushy sales techniques and aggressive advertising are viewed by many as relics from the past. Collaboration among stakeholders and respect for society as a whole are ideas now prevalent at work and beyond.

However the concept of reaching goals any way possible is handled ‘by the masses’, it is for us individually to interpret the situation according to our own thinking. Or maybe not. Please feel free to share your input on the issue of ‘Reaching goals any way possible’ by leaving 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 reach their full potential, in education, work or life in general.

You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Shaping up

December 29, 2016

 

Shaped biscuits

 

It might be somewhat late in the day to change how events are shaping up for us this year. The largest part of the game is over, with the remaining hours possibly already set aside for celebrations.

Attention could be shifted to how our plans and goal preparation are shaping up for the coming twelve months. Projects may have been arranged sometime ago, with adjustments occurring now as the starting lines comes into view.

Whatever our preferences for organizing assignments and sorting ideas into specific actions, a perception of 2017 is probably shaping up in our mind.

Although it is probable over the coming year we will be obliged to amend our strategies to cater for new inputs, at this stage the first steps will have been formulated and the subsequent ones are, in all likelihood, shaping up too.

Regardless of how the next few days turn out, let me thank you for all your ongoing support here and for reading this ‘Shaping up‘ post today.

Happy 2017, Buon 2017, Feliz 2017.

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.

Publications

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)


Across the water

September 20, 2015

View across the water

Goals are often located ‘across the water‘ from where we are right now. How we manage to reach them says much about how important they are to us.

If we are still attempting to achieve objectives set for us by others – family, friends, employers and even society in general – our effort might be half-hearted at most. Knowing the objectives are across the water, figuratively speaking, gives us a readymade excuse to explain our lack of progress.

Of course when the ambition stems from our heart, we will be constantly being and doing our best to reach it, even if it involves getting across the water. Giving the endeavour top priority assists us in this venture. And we know for us, in this case, falling short is not an option.

However we define the location of our desired destination – across the water, on top of the mountain, at the end of the road, for example – to arrive there requires our full presence right here, right now. Nobody can stand in for us when it comes to reaching personal goals.

Ideally we will actually enjoy the journey towards our goals, but that is perhaps a point for another post. For now, thanks for reading this ‘Across the water‘ post today.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype

Twitter: @bgdtcoaching

E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com

Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves

Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/bgdtcoaching/videos

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/bgdtcoaching/the-bgdtcoaching-space

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.

Publications

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) and Training through drama for work (2009).


Reflections

July 19, 2010

What Can I Do Today For A Better Tomorrow?

Regardless of our employment status, this simple question used repeatedly can align us with the life we say we want, as we go about building our future in the present moment.

Fully employed raising a family
As the on-site CEO, logistics coordinator and the other million and one roles to be fulfilled each day, choices need to be made on an almost non-stop basis. Knowing why we are doing something and how it fits in with what we want for the future for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities can ensure the process of choosing is in line with ‘the big picture’.

Employed
Working for someone else is an exchange of competence and time for money. Listening to employees from a variety of organizations and sectors, it seems the exchange is rarely balanced. However, new opportunities are not always easy to predict. The approach of ‘waiting for the perfect situation in order to give one’s best’ might just be the reason why the ‘perfect situation’ hasn’t arisen yet. What can be done today for a better tomorrow, with the actual company or another one?

Self-employed
This category of worker is never unemployed, possibly underemployed but that’s another matter. The quieter moments, between projects or whilst in the process of building new business, is a time to prepare for tomorrow. When the phone starts ringing again it’s too late to review files, sort IT needs, learn new skills and catch up on sector studying. Using today, whether in terms of generating income or preparing for such times tomorrow, is the job of the self-employed.

Between Jobs
It is easy to feel despondent. Time can drag between the peaks of interviews and the troughs of waiting for their outcome. The question ‘What can I do today for a better tomorrow?’ might spur one on to finding all sorts of previously unseen opportunities. Perhaps the library can be visited to polish up technical skills. Resources on offer within the community may lead to new contacts, and so forth. Ongoing personal and professional development are not dependent on employment.

In each case, taking the proactive stance rather than the reactive, passive position might lead to an alignment with who we truly know we are. Control over our attitude towards life need not be given away to circumstances, external factors or other people.

So, what can you do today for a better tomorrow? I’d love to hear your answers, so feel free to leave a comment. In the meantime, thanks for reading this today.

Brian.
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Reflections

June 10, 2010

Winners and … Winners

“Perfect, unparalleled, supreme, exclusive, unmatched, the best ever.” Reducing everything to a competition seems to be an option many choose to take up. “With this product you will be the envy of your friends,” “Use this and watch success leap into your life”…

We are all encouraged to make decisions based on how we can ‘get ahead’ of others. Comparative advertising is a technique much liked by those charged with ‘moving’ the greatest number possible of a variety of goods.

And why not, it works — just think about the recent boom in storage rental and the common desire to get rid of all the clutter we seem to have accumulated over the years.

In sport, winners need losers. Business is built on profit, although as we have seen recently ‘competing regardless of the rules’ ultimately leads to losses for many.

But what about more personal matters? If someone learns to read at fifty isn’t that a victory? Or the patient who through determination and self-belief manages to walk with crutches even if doctors say it’s a hopeless case? Sometimes just getting through the day is itself a victory, no?

We all win on a daily basis, and from the perspective of our own situation these victories can change our lives. Being better than someone else is not the criteria here, it’s a question of being our best. Living up to our potential makes us all winners.

Right now if you were to list your victories for today what would you write? Let your mind fly, your wins are there even if possibly disguised as daily chores and routine tasks.

Set down on paper, what are they saying about you, your potential, and your goals? Remember, this is not a competition, your victories are important. Whatever they are, you have accomplished them and hopefully they will enrich your life from now on.

If you would like to share your victories, I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, thanks for reading this.

Brian.
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