Taking care as we proceed on our way

December 10, 2017

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It is rarely wise to walk into an endeavour or activity without assessing, even briefly, the risks we could face sooner or later. In a similar way, ignoring the action of taking care as we proceed on our way, perhaps towards a strategic objective, is something best avoided.

Although we may be so captured by our goal that we feel any moment away from engaging with it is a loss of time, taking care as we proceed on our way is actually an undertaking likely to enhance success as opposed to keep it away from us.

Likewise, attempting anything when not in the best of conditions, usually means we are forced to repeat certain elements of it again, as mistakes or instances of sub-standard performance need to be compensated for.

‘Running on empty’ is a phrase much used in the field of personal development to suggest the idea of not taking care as we proceed on our way. Experiencing exhaustion, being burnt out or feeling overly stressed are companions we can do without as we continue marching forward.

Of course, taking care might also involve being aware of other potential issues, not just physical fatigue. Evaluating financial costs, timing questions and so forth will keep projects not only to schedule, within the budget and aligned to desired outcomes but ensure we are taking care as we proceed on our way.

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, 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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What if that door was the entry to your desired future?

November 16, 2017

Door

 

For a few minutes, let’s ponder the question ‘What if that door was the entry to your desired future?’ In the first instance, we might think we should quickly enter it. After all, it is our ‘desired future’ supposedly awaiting on the other side.

Unfortunately, things are rarely so clear-cut. Moving through the proverbial doorway to a longed-for situation may involve leaving the familiarity of a well-constructed existence, composing of a comfortable lifestyle surrounded by people and objects offering us happiness and satisfaction.

The issue gets more complicated when we add fears and doubts into the mix. As much as we are striving to embrace a tomorrow built on us reaching goals and objectives, there can be aspects of our dream we are not entirely convinced we are capable or deserving of having and living.

So, what if that door was the entry to your desired future? To what degree are you willing to ‘risk the good to reach the best?’ Each situation holds within it challenges and opportunities. Believing in the concept of being able to live life to the full in any moment, we are more inclined to take obstacles in our stride and not be put off by the fear of success prior to reaching our desired future.

Thanks for reading this ‘What if that door was the entry to your desired future?’ 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, 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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Even More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams

September 24, 2017

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“Unless we are fully committed to our dreams, we will never bring them into being.”

This latest volume of ‘heart poems captured from dreams’ is another step along the poetry path, initiated by Heart Poems Captured From Dreams and consolidated with More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams plus Heart Poems On Waves.

Ideas have the ability to reach us by many means. Capturing poems from dreams, whether whole lines or mere fragments, is one such avenue available to them.

Rather than attempting to preen and pamper the heart poems here, this book sets them out as they arrived as an eclectic mix of ideas and themes, some but not all loosely related to living our potential.

Bringing dreams into being, be they connected to our daily routine or heartfelt goals, is a personal endeavour. Nevertheless, at times we all need to step back, or at least stand still, from moving forward.

Accordingly, Even More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams is aimed at offering a form of nourishment in those moments of pauses, before you begin anew creating the life of your dreams. With this book, you will get the opportunity to:

a) Read a set of original thoughts;
b) Explore meanings found in the heart;
c) Apply ideas as appropriate to you;
d) Draw meaning in the mind with the words offered.

I hope this book spurs further reflection and perhaps even renewed enthusiasm about embracing dreams. Though I am experienced in the field of professional and personal development, you are the expert on your life. Implementation of action leading to the realisation of your dreams will, of course, need to be undertaken by you, I cannot do it for you.

So, with nothing more needing to be said, it just leaves me to thank you for your presence and wish you Happy Reading!

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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Appreciating the passing of time

September 21, 2017

Passing clouds

 

For some people, it is almost impossible to go about appreciating the passing of time. These folk perhaps feel they have so much to do with so few hours available to them, therefore time is be grasped onto tightly. Unfortunately acting in this way diminishes the pleasure of its passing and underlines, even more, the passing nature of time itself.

Appreciating the passing of time is an exercise we can undertake as part of a wider exploration into our relationship with impermanence. Given everything passes, we should possibly be open to the idea of not being able to either stop time or conserve it for later.

Using time wisely, on the other hand, is something we could and, dare we say, ought to learn to do. Our definition of wise will depend on our own situation, yet we need not reach the end of the day thinking ‘Where has the day gone?’ Looking back on the things accomplished would be a better way to end the day.

Appreciating the passing of time may be accompanied with a review of the manner we have developed over the course of the years. As youngsters, days were probably viewed as being endless as we faced life with optimism and hope. Today time is at a premium. As such, we attempt to focus on efforts to greater levels and undertake assignments attached to our objectives as opposed to those of others, or then again not.

To share your input on the issue of ‘Appreciating the passing of time’, please leave a comment below.

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.

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 our destination any which way

September 14, 2017

Transport reach our destination

 

At times the manner we undertake an activity has significance to the outcome. Then again there are occasions reaching any destination any which way is the fundamental aspect of the endeavour.

Looking at the issue here, we can ponder the notion of reaching our destination any which way for the sake of achieving our objectives.

With the focus set on our goal, the question of ‘How?’ fades to a secondary position as the emphasis is given to ‘When?’ and possibly also ‘What happens after?’ Reaching our destination any which way, yes in order to move forward to the next one after that.

Nevertheless, a certain structure might be helpful to ensure our efforts are aligned to our values and overall life purpose. Without this, any which way could include unacceptable modes and dubious pursuits harmful to society and ourselves.

Regardless of the fashion we go about reaching our destination, any which way to be sure, it will be important to us that we don’t lose sight of the enjoyment element of our initiative. Without taking pleasure from the moment the journey may seem harder than it probably actually is.

Seeing options and alternatives routes relating to our goal of reaching our destination any which way, we have the chance to interact with our surroundings and those who are contributing in some form or another to our adventure, hopefully in a positive form.

Thanks for being here and reading this ‘Reaching our destination any which way’ 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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To what extent are we benefiting by swimming in the moment?

August 31, 2017

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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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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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