To what extent are we anchored by old habits?

August 12, 2018

Anchor monument

Doing things ‘because we have always done them’ or ‘because everyone does’ are two phrases indicating the question ‘To what extent are we anchored by old habits?’ needs to be asked.

Tried and tested routines help us navigate known water in the shape of familiar challenges. Applying old habits frees us to focus attention on more testing waters. All the same, the idea of us being blocked, limited, restricted or anchored by our approach towards life is another thing.

On a micro level, we may discover a better restaurant around the corner from our usual lunchtime haunt. There might be much to be gained by reducing our television intake if we harness the willpower to avoid the sofa immediately after our evening meal. And so on and so on.

On a macro level, to what extent are we anchored by old habits? Well possibly to the extent we feel life has something more to offer us, or better we have something more to offer life. Unleashing our potential, in the form of doing something new, could even widen our horizons.

If you’d like to explore further the inquiry ‘To what extent are we anchored by old habits?’ in the form of a complimentary coaching conversation, via Skype or Google+ hangout, please get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent are we anchored by old habits?’ post.

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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Our place awaits us

October 19, 2017

Empty places in a theatre

 

Without suggesting political ideas or solutions concerning employment and immigration issues, ‘Our place awaits us’ can be read as an encouragement to tap into our potential for the sake of realising our best self and performing on the stage of life.

Once we have clarified our objective and set out a plan to reach it, specific action is crucial to achieving success. Yes, our place awaits us, and pondering the journey to this location may be pleasant, but only by undertaking it will we get nearer to our place.

In certain instances, it could be we are obliged to engage in activities seemingly far from the desired place we hold in our heart. Being clear about the validity of our overarching goal, we are able to accept diversions are nevertheless opportunities for us to learn something useful to take us to where our place awaits us.

Notwithstanding difficulties and challenges, or even perhaps because of these items, holding the idea that our place awaits us as a motivating factor is a key element of using our resources to the full. We risk to end up having to accept ‘any old place’ if we forget our life purpose or are distracted by daily events.

To join the conversation here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Our place awaits us’ 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.

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

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Other side

June 12, 2016

Chair other side of door

Taking where we are right now as the starting point, what do we imagine is on the other side of our subsequent efforts to develop ourselves further for the sake of living our potential?

Reflecting on the other side of our endeavours may fire up our enthusiasm to begin with the efforts we have identified to reach our goals. Though it is important to plan, to get to the other side of where we are, action is invariably needed too.

However, if we discover along the way our planning was not perfect, well we surely have the option of amending, modifying and doing what is needed to bring about acceptable changes to arrive at our destination.

Cultivating a ‘can do’ mindset additionally helps us towards our goals. This is often brought about by reflecting on past successes, peak performances in our past initiatives, to remind ourselves of our ability to ‘get results’.

The inevitable doubts and fears cropping up could be seen as signs we care about getting to the other side. Accordingly, they need not be pushed away, but rather welcomed for the element of learning they might hold for us.

And once we are on the other side, in a place we have strived to reach, let’s hope we find a moment to enjoy the pleasant feeling of success, before starting the next stage of our ongoing journey to keep being our best.

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

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).

 


Stepping up

January 3, 2016

Steps leading up

If you were to ask yourself to what extent you are stepping up to your potential, how would you respond?

Maybe you are fully focused on being yourself in all you do. If so, the question is irrelevant and merely underlines the efforts you are already making in stepping up to be the true you, operating and being the best you can be.

On the other hand, it might be your answer highlights an area of development, personal or professional, you have been thinking about undertaking for some time. Stepping up right now to the task would of course save further delay and may just be the wisest thing you do for yourself this month.

Society seems to put much emphasis on dramatic initiatives and spectacular examples of us stepping up to mirror this or that celebrity of the moment. Unfortunately if we don’t feel ready, or inclined, to follow such role models, we could value ourselves lesser folk than those who do.

On these occasions it is worth remembering we all get to live as we choose. It is not the business of others whether we are stepping up, down or standing still. Justifying our actions wastes energy and often those we are attempting to convince of our decisions are actually not interested in any case.

Many people need others to follow their behaviour for them to feel comfortable with their own choices. This, however, is not our job.

As ever, I am curious to know your opinions on the ideas set out here. To share your views on the issue of stepping up, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards and Happy 2016.

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).

 


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