Finding freedom in our daily activities

March 14, 2019

Minutes merge into hours
days melt into weeks,
months stake up neatly
and experiences accumulate
over years.
Worries withdraw their footprints,
as efforts
soar ever higher.
Nothing comes from nothing.
No words can explain it better.
We align ourselves to endeavours
and strive with all our heart.
Yes, it’s true,
there might be times
when worries tip the balance.
But, overall,
when the talking stops,
there is much to be said
for finding freedom
in our daily activities.

 

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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and 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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Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?

February 3, 2019

Regardless of our position on the benefits of building large followers on social media, we can consider our presence there and ask the question: are we attracting or repelling potential fans?

Each post, every message plus all our photo uploads tell a story and provide reasons for us to connect with creative and interesting people.

Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’ may even be the starting point of a wider assessment as to our existence online. What is our goal for all our posts? Are we adding value to the mountain of information and knowledge already available to everyone or are we just creating more noise?

Attempting to please everybody is a thankless task and one surely without any immediate benefits. Thinking about the impact we are already experiencing through our current efforts puts the consideration ‘Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’ in a more interesting perspective.

In a world in which superficiality seems to be dominating, by looking carefully at our online objectives we give ourselves the opportunity to select actions most likely to be useful to all parties.

If, or better when, authenticity underpins our presence we have a better chance of responding in the affirmative to the question ‘Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’, asked by ourselves or others.

To explore the inquiry ‘Are we attracting or repelling potential fans?’ as part of a coaching conversation, please get in contact.

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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and 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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Being ourselves here, there and everywhere

January 3, 2019

So, the new year is in progress, bringing another chance for us to go about being ourselves here, there and everywhere.

With social media an integral element of life for many of us nowadays, the idea that we are anything less than ourselves is perhaps strange. Still, ensuring we provide a consistency of message – a way of being ourselves here, there and everywhere – is a personal task for each of us.

Values are transmitted through actions and yet words also play their part. Likewise, being authentic with our online followers, besides those we interact with beyond the digital world, is crucial to us being ourselves here, there and everywhere.

The ease of putting the notion of being ourselves here, there and everywhere into practice is linked to our perception of society. If lies and falsehoods make up our world, it is difficult to keep ‘the dirt from our shoes’. Yet when honesty is the name of the game, we too can let our true self shine.

To explore how coaching could help you as you attempt to live your potential, please get in touch so we can talk.

For now, thanks for connecting and for reading this ‘Being ourselves here, there and everywhere’ 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 an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and 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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Setting the scene for holiday festivities

December 20, 2018

Setting the holiday scene

 

Following on from the previous post here, ‘Finding tranquillity amid the confusion of the moment’, we can perhaps spend a few minutes setting the scene for holiday festivities.

Regardless of how or indeed if we celebrate this period of the year, quite likely there are some actions we undertake in order to ensure we are setting the scene for holiday festivities in a way enjoyable for us and our loved one.

These things could include participating in holiday visits or get-togethers, taking in seasonal events as a group or maybe also having seasonal meals to create special memories for years to come. From the point of view of finding enjoyment as we engage in setting the scene for holiday festivities, we might turn to our favourite pastimes to take advantage of any breaks we have during this period.

That said, not all activities undertaken around this moment of the year involve the spending of money. Pleasant walks along windy seafronts, muddy country paths or even city streets rarely visited often provide us with a sense of freedom. Setting the scene for holiday festivities is, as ever, a personal initiative.

And in conclusion, we need not forget being conscious of others less fortunate than ourselves is a further way we could go about setting the scene for holiday festivities if we so choose.

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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Setbacks need not make us cry

December 2, 2018

Fried onions

Although it is fair to accept they happen, setbacks need not make us cry. Whether we mean this literally or figuratively is of little relevance.

Once an event, situation or other unwanted issue arrives in the form of a setback, it is up to us to manage our reaction to it and the impact it has or could have on our plans.

Finding a positive side to a supposedly negative occurrence is not always possible. Nevertheless, once again setbacks need not make us cry. We might be able to at least find learning within the moment and use this to help further our progress.

With so many projects probably on the go at any one time, it is only right to almost expect the occasional challenge. Perhaps we should actually be concerned if all proceeds as hoped for.

But accepting passively a disappointment or interruption to our schedule is not what this ‘Setbacks need not make us cry’ post is about. Choosing a proactive approach, to make the best of whatever turns up, is.

However, thinking about the idea that setbacks need not make us cry, I’m curious to learn how you handle difficulties along the way to your desired objectives. To share your ideas here, please leave a comment below.

In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Setbacks need not make us cry’ offering 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 taught 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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Connecting with our current location

November 25, 2018

Shop location

Connecting with our current location is easier when we feel comfortable with wherever we happen to be.

That said, it is the case that occasionally we find ourselves in places in which, on the surface at least, it is extremely difficult to even consider connecting with our current location. Perhaps it is exactly here we need to practice going beyond our initial reaction to embrace life by connecting with our current location.

Waiting for the ‘perfect’ time, situation or set of circumstances in general before attempting anything, including connecting with our current location, is a risky strategy. As we all know, it inevitably slips into worries about later as excuses bubble up to keep us from doing whatever we want or need to be doing.

It should be pointed out, however, that even if we are connecting with our current location or at least advocating such a move, there is no reason to think this implies we passively accept everything life throws at us, including where we are.

Making the most of the moment is a proactive approach and one likely to impact positively on how we go about experiencing now and future moments.

But then again maybe it is better to sit on the proverbial seat in the corner and wait for things to change, knowing everything passes. To share your input on the issue of connecting with our current location, please leave 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 taught 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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Is seeing red our most beneficial response to the moment?

November 18, 2018

Red beach hut

Anger has its place in our toolkit and occasionally is useful as a way to focus our efforts but then again, is seeing red our most beneficial response to the moment?

We might wish to lash out and let our frustration have its time in the spotlight. However, rarely are we rewarded with a positive outcome when this occurs. Just as we heighten the tension in an already stressful situation, others will likewise react to our outburst in a similar way.

Asking ourselves ‘Is seeing red our most beneficial response to the moment?’ and taking a while to ponder our answer goes a long way toward managing our reaction. After an appropriate amount of reflection – each of us knows how much is appropriate – we are in a position to take action, react or let go.

If we are the type of people who like to keep our emotions in check, a laser-like sharp-tongued quip would impact greatly on those around us. Accordingly, the reply to the enquiry ‘Is seeing red our most beneficial response to the moment?’ is a resounding ‘Yes’.

Folk more inclined to puff and blow at the slightest provocation have in a certain sense already given away any advantage by responding angrily as ‘Seeing red’ will be viewed by everyone as ’their natural way of being’.

All in all, finding our ‘best’ approach to life remains a personal quest. To join the conversation here on the issue of the question ‘Is seeing red our most beneficial response to the moment?’ please leave 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 taught 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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