Giving ourselves permission to follow our heart

November 26, 2020

Without giving ourselves permission to follow our heart, it is unlikely we will ever do it.

Other people may encourage us to reflect on past successes and sometimes even on failures to establish strengths and weaknesses. Then there are folk who suggest we shouldn’t expect too much from “these trying economic times”.

Considering all this input, giving ourselves permission to follow our heart doesn’t seem too taxing in comparison. Listening to a variety of ideas is fine, provided we remember we are the experts on ourselves.

Ultimately, how we live life depends on our attachment to it and ‘giving ourselves permission to follow our heart’ is no worse a piece of advice than any other but, in all likelihood, much better than most.

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Brian.

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Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate course Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the International graduate course Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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Doing what we love doing

November 19, 2020

 

 

 

This is fulfilment,
doing what we love doing.
It comes from the heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate course Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the International graduate course Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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To what extent do you smell the coffee?

November 15, 2020

To what extent do you smell the coffee? How conscious are you of your environment regarding details and the big picture?

We know activities have their momentum and, if we get caught up in them, it is easy to lose track of our goals. Being aware, awake or whatever we wish to call it, is crucial to getting the most out of each day. So, to what extent do you smell the coffee? How attuned are you to what is going on around you?

Answering these questions, and particularly ‘To what extent do you smell the coffee?’, provides valuable input to help us on our way.

Rather than drag the point out, let me close by thanking you for reading this ‘To what extent do you smell the coffee?’ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate course Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the International graduate course Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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Moving from everything to something

November 12, 2020

Moving from everything to something implies we have taken the strategic step of channelling our efforts from the general to the specific.

Of course, moments change, and at times we need to juggle activities without completing any. Then again, if this style of work becomes the norm rather than the exception, it is difficult to maintain enthusiasm and motivation around key goals.

Moving from everything to something, on the contrary, underlines the importance of what we want to achieve and puts resources in place to ‘get things done’.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate course Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the International graduate course Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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Releasing the brake to live life to the full

September 17, 2020

Sometimes releasing the brake to live life to the full might involve a simple action. It could be:

a) Saying ‘Yes’ to our objectives, even if it means upsetting folk who are used to us running around for them;

b) Saying ‘No’ to an endless flow of requests we know in our heart has nothing to do with our goals;

c) Focusing on the benefits of a life lived to the full achieved by us ‘giving our all’;

d) Taking to heart the idea that even if we fail in our efforts, we can learn something and therefore ‘move forward’ to our heartfelt destination;

e) Appreciating that action is the starting key to accomplishing anything.

Releasing the brake to live life to the full could include additional actions. To share your thoughts on the issue and offer your input, leave a comment below.

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Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate course Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the International graduate course Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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Listening to learn, listening to engage

August 23, 2020

There are many reasons why we might choose to indulge in the very human practice of listening, including:

a) Listening to learn.

We cannot learn from others while we are talking. As such, listening to learn puts the focus on gaining information, knowledge, insights, and so forth from those speaking to us.

b) Listening to engage.

Actively showing our interest in the speaker, with gestures, comments, and questions can be part of listening to engage. By listening carefully, we are demonstrating respect for the other person, and that goes a long way towards building engagement.

So, why do you listen? Is it to learn, to engage, or for other reasons? To share your input, leave a comment below.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM 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.

Through coaching, training and writing, Brian works mainly with motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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How often do you play the blame game?

August 20, 2020

Is it daily, weekly, or monthly? How often do you play the blame game? To what extent do you shift responsibility for X, Y, or Z from your shoulders to those of another person?

Of course, you might be screaming at the screen right now, attempting to justify why ‘whatever’ is ‘his’ or ‘her’ fault. And by doing so, your answer to the question ‘How often do you play the blame game?’ is perhaps ‘I never stop’.

Taking responsibilities, at least for our responses and attitudes towards things upsetting us or being less than we would like, is a powerful action.

Nobody cares about our rants and raves concerning who does this or that. Think about it, how often do you play the blame game then become more frustrated when people fail to take your side or give you the comfort you feel you deserve as the victim?

On the contrary, when folk see us stepping forward to take charge of situations, even or especially those not of our making, we are modelling a proactive behaviour.

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Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM 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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Ask yourself, ask us, and ask the marketplace

August 16, 2020

There are many reasons we might hold back from asking for this or that.

Some of the typical motives for failing to ask include:

a) Not knowing that we can ask;
b) Being afraid to be rejected;
c) Unsure who we should ask;
d) Being unclear about what we want;
e) Believing we are not worthy of receiving anything;
f) A misplaced sense of independence.

Understanding the answer is always ‘No’ when we fail to ask, it could be a good moment to get into the habit of asking to eventually receive the desired ‘Yes’.

So ask yourself, ask us, and ask the marketplace. Possibly the practice will feel strange at first, but in time you may discover life is more accommodating than you believed beforehand.

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Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM 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.

Through coaching, training and writing, Brian works mainly with motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Would you work for you?

August 9, 2020

Regardless of our employment status or official role, our approach towards others impacts on how we live each day.

Some folk suggest people reflect how they perceive us with their attitudes. Certainly, a smile often produces a smile in return, or a look of confusion depending on the setting. In any case, to what extent are we demonstrating an open, friendly approach to those we encounter?

If this inquiry leaves us unsure about how we interact with those around us, we could ask simply ‘Would you work for you?’ Do we come across as being the type of person we’d like to be employed by? Do we consider ourselves as caring individuals or aggressive taskmasters?

Pondering the question ‘Would you work for you?’ might produce valuable input, beneficial to ourselves and eventually to everyone else too.

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P.S. So, would you work for you?

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Brian Groves DipM FCIM 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 wide awake as we go about living the dream

August 6, 2020

Even if many people choose to move through life as if asleep, being wide awake as we go about ‘living the dream’ is an option we have.

Without judging anyone and not wanting to suggest one approach to life is better than another, being wide awake as we go about ‘living the dream’ ensures full engagement with each moment. Yes, at times ‘just getting through the day’ can be considered an achievement but, mostly, life gives back to us what we put in.

Setting aside the blame game for any negative or less than desired situations around us, to what extent are we truly taking responsibility for our actions and efforts? Anything thing less than 100% indicates we have the opportunity to enhance our way of being.

And being wide awake as we go about ‘living the dream’ is a fundamental first step to improving things, no?

To share your thoughts on the idea of being wide awake as we go about ‘living the dream’, please leave a comment below.

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Brian.

About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM 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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