What positives can we take from the year to date?

June 4, 2017

Positive cricket match

 

With time marching on it is easy to lose sight of recent achievements so, let’s look now by asking what positives can we take from the year to date?

The focus we choose to apply to the question ‘What positives can we take from the year to date?’ will in many respects determine what we find. We might wish to see a number of completed activities. Alternatively, our vision could be more far-reaching. Possibly certain projects have been successfully initiated and their eventual conclusions set for a future date.

By raising the question ‘What positives can we take from the year to date?’ we may actually be bringing to the surface our thoughts regarding the way the year has developed over the course of these initial months. Ideally, we are on track with our goals and plans to reach them.

What positives can we take from the year to date? “As many as our insight and even imagination offers us” could be the response.

If, on the other hand, we discover things are not so straightforward as originally hoped, now is perhaps a good moment to take stock of the situation and implement necessary adjustments to bring them back on course.

To end this brief inquiry into the first half of the year, let me leave the matter with you, so: “What positives can we take from the year to date?

Kindest regards.

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.

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.

Publications

Heart Poems On Waves (2017)

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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)


Turning from the ugliness of the moment

May 11, 2017

Ugliness in the city

No matter where we are, and I hope you are in a beautiful place right now, turning from the ugliness of the moment is something we can all do. This is especially so when we widen the scope of what we mean as ugliness to include negative world events, collective concerns and personal fears.

Rather than suggesting we should bury our heads in the sand, nor even ignore whatever we dislike, we can choice to manage our attitude towards the ugliness of the moment.

Personal fears deserve focused attention to investigate their validity plus the element of learning they might contain for us. Turning from the ugliness of the moment, in this case, would be a case of looking below the surface to comprehend what we need to take on board before dismissing the rest.

Collective concerns, such as unusual climatic occurrences for example, likewise require a clear-headed effort to understand what each of us is able to do to at least not perpetuate the situation. Turning from the ugliness of the moment here would be more a question of turning the matter around to gain insight and find a way through the mess.

Negative world events have the power to overwhelm us only of we give away our ability to face them with intelligence and objectivity. Turning from the ugliness of the moment in this instance would mean trusting ourselves and the world at large to overcome ugliness with goodness, compassion and beauty.

Ramblings no doubt, but thanks nonetheless for connecting and reading this post today. If you’d like to share your input on the issue of Turning from the ugliness of the moment, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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.

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.

Publications

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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)


What to do when facing a sweet choice

April 16, 2017

Sweet choice

 

Life is not always a bowl of cherries, yet at times it seems to consist of many opportunities and equally pleasant options, so much so the problem becomes ‘What to do when facing a sweet choice?

How we respond to this dilemma determines most likely as to what to do when facing a sweet choice.

Being aware of the potential impact our eventual pick will have on subsequent moments is perhaps a fundamental part of our decision-making process. After all, would an element of delayed gratification produce a more beneficial effect later?

At times we might be tempted to decline whatever is on offer, particularly if we feel the best thing what to do when facing a sweet choice is in actual fact ‘Nothing at all’.

Moving to a wider perspective of what to do when facing a sweet choice, that of living circumstances from the position of our values, selecting this or that possibly becomes easier. Choosing based on the criteria of what resonates most with us ensures we fully embrace the moment.

To share your input on the issue of ‘What to do when facing a sweet choice’, please leave a comment below.

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

More Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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)


Why giving it a go can bring positive results

February 19, 2017

Food on a baking tray

 

The feeling we might experience from knowing we at least attempted a seemingly tough task may be enough to explain why giving it a go can bring positive results.

Many endeavours we are obliged to undertake do not offer guaranteed outcomes. The possibility of failing makes success sweeter we could say in such instances. And this is perhaps why giving it a go can bring positive results in terms of putting ourselves into the arena of life.

Winning is rarely an option if we are not prepared to at least ‘give it a go’. To underline why giving it a go can bring positive results, let me quote a saying attributed to the former professional ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

To avoid labouring the point I will stop now. In any case, if you’d like to share your input on the issue of why giving it a go can bring positive results, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
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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

Heart Poems Captured From Dreams (2017)

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)


Dominating the moment

August 28, 2016

View dominating the moment

 

It might be interesting to reflect on what is dominating the moment for us right now.

A negative outlook may mean the things dominating the moment are mainly what we are lacking or unable to manage in the manner most suitable to us. It is easy in such times to think all the world is against us. Looming mountains and dark clouds can feature in a painting of this instance.

If the current outlook is of a more neutral nature, the items dominating the moment could be of a simple quality, flat and without any immediately noticeable elements.

Perhaps you are in the middle of a really positive period of life. In this case the things dominating the moment are possibly viewed as being larger than life cute cartoon characters, favourite treats or any other such pleasant items cherished by you.

Alternative visions of the moment are available to us. Maybe these present a kaleidoscope of emotions, coupled with a vibrancy stimulating in its own way. If you wish to discuss whatever is dominating the moment for you as part of a coaching conversation, please get in touch.

For now, thanks for reading this post. To share your input on the issue of ‘dominating the moment‘, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
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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).

 


Forewarned

August 21, 2016

Warning sign

It might be handy if we were always forewarned about upcoming challenges or potential setbacks along our development path. After all, knowing what we are going to encounter helps us prepare ourselves to face them and, hopefully, overcome them.

In many instances we are indeed forewarned. The proverbial writing is often on the wall as lots of situations are merely repetitions of past occurrences. That said, the question concerning the extent we learn from the past needs pondering.

Moving through life as if everything is new and cropping up for the first time is an option. This can even be a way of appreciating the uniqueness of each moment. However, experience is also a part of life and tapping into it to be forewarned takes nothing away from being present right now.

One possible issue with being forewarned may be the building up of trepidation towards the aforementioned upcoming challenges or setbacks.

Instead of concentrating on putting plans and strategies into place to minimize their negative impact, we could fall into the trap of allowing them to develop in our mind to the point we are afraid of meeting them. Inertia rules over us as we become so obsessed and fearful.

As the saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed.” By forgetting this we lose a certain amount of our effectiveness, rendering the way forward tougher than it perhaps need be. To share your thoughts on the idea of being forewarned, please leave a comment below.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
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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).

 


Turning our back

August 11, 2016

Seagull turning its back

It would be interesting, perhaps, to explore what we are turning our back on right now. It could be we are refusing to deal with an important though not yet urgent issue. Maybe we are consciously ignoring a question of little or no value to us.

Regardless of what we are turning our back on, by definition we are choosing to face something else in this instance. The act of deciding how we use our time, energy and other resources, is a key element of what it is to be a free individual.

On occasions we might choose to follow society, take the easy route through the moment and accept whatever happens as a result. That said, turning our back on this option, we get to exercise a responsibility for how we live.

Possibly the decision-making process is clouded by the presence of unclear positions. Few things are indeed so precisely structured to oblige us to select either ‘this’ or ‘that’. We can, for example, often turn around again after turning our back to embrace whatever is now before us, so to speak.

As with everything, our attitude towards our experience has the power to influence how we live the question and also the way we recall it at a later date.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Turning our back‘ post.

Kindest regards.

Brian.

Skype: bgdtskype
Twitter: @bgdtcoaching
E-mail: brian@bgdtcoaching.com
Google+: google.com/+BrianGroves
Website: http://www.bgdtcoaching.com
Blog: https://bgdtcoaching.wordpress.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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