What inspiring presence moves us?

July 5, 2018

Inspiring building

There are many buildings, iconic structures, celebrities even, that hold a particular place in the heart of people, yet right now I am curious to learn what inspiring presence moves us as a group of readers, bloggers, and such like.

I appreciate the choice will in part depend upon where we are reading this. Some of you might be sitting in front of a world-renown monument – the Sydney Opera House or the Eiffel Tower, for example – so there is no need to ponder the question too much.

Others may be looking at this on the phone whilst travelling on an underground train somewhere. To answer the inquiry ‘What inspiring presence moves us?’ in this instance imagination will need to be used.

Going beyond the ‘What’ aspect of ‘What inspiring presence moves us?’ it is interesting to consider why certain things or people hold such attention and attraction for us.

Natural beauty is possibly one reason we find this or that inspiring. Alternatively, it could be a matter of connecting with what is represented by ‘the inspiring presence’ on an individual or even global scale.

Using the positive feelings created by pondering what inspiring presence moves us, we can choose to embrace the rest of the day with a positive approach worthy of what inspires us.

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 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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Washed up but not washed out

June 28, 2018

Boats washed up

Taking a mindful rest from the endless challenge of pushing ourselves forward might be viewed as us being washed up but not washed out.

According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, being ‘washed up’ refers to an item “deposited by the tide on a shore”. A figurative break on the side – before we feel washed out, “pale and tired” to quote the dictionary again – not only does us good now but can help us be more productive later.

Washed up but not washed out’ may also be read as a way to direct efforts relating to this or that project. At a certain point, it could be necessary to suspend our input. Giving a pause to things in such instances allows us to take stock of where we are with the endeavour, and understand what still needs doing.

Regardless of how you are feeling at present, washed up or washed out, thanks for stopping by and reading this post today. If you would like to share your thoughts on the topic of being washed up but not washed out, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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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Moved by our surroundings

June 21, 2018

Being moved by our surroundings is something we may all experience on occasions. Locations visited frequently can take on new meaning or come to hold a particular significance when circumstances alter. On a personal level, it might be enough for us to notice with greater perception than usual our surroundings.

So, right now, on a scale of one to ten, how moved are you by your surroundings? What is unique about where you are? To what extent does the locality reflect your life? What would make this place more meaningful? How willing are you to undertake the changes to either the place or your attitude towards it?

Once we increase our awareness of our surroundings we may begin to find a new attachment to aspects of life usually taken for granted. And in this way become more moved by our surroundings than previously we had thought possible.

With so many questions asked here, it is time for me to stop and let you reflect, if you wish, on them. Thanks, in any case, for reading this ‘Moved by our surroundings’ post 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 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.

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Being creative by looking up

June 17, 2018

Creative art in the sky

Ploughing through the day is an approach associated with busy folk, but then being creative by looking up could also be so. After all, to get things done successfully it is not enough to ‘just do them’. An element of imagination harnessed to best practices ensures we focus efforts in the most productive manner.

Being creative by looking up need not even refer to seeing an artistic display as, for example, the photograph at the top of the page here. It is enough to lift our head from whatever screen happens to be in front of us to experience life through our eyes.

On a similar level, it is common to see pictures of folk at music and sporting events embracing the action through the ubiquitous phone. It is what it is we can say.

Being creative by looking up, however, remains an option and one worthy of taking up from time to time, if only to return to the screen with renewed energy and purpose.

To join the conversation here on the issue of being creative by looking up, please leave a comment below.

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.

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Limited options limit our choice

June 14, 2018

Limited options on food stall

Focusing on the idea of how limited options limit our choice, we could look at why we fail to see numerous opportunities available to us at any moment.

So often we hold on tight to what we feel is the only option, or way forward, for us and in doing so lose sight of potentially more beneficial alternatives. There might be an element of fear responsible for our lack of courage to select new, untried, avenues open to us.

Doing what we have always done may not be getting us to where we say we would like to be but it is ‘safe’, ‘comfortable’ and ‘within our ability to manage’. ‘Playing small’ some may say in a judgemental manner.

Another factor restricting our vision is possibly our inability to put actual worries, fears and doubts into a perspective of reality. Rarely are challenges so pressing, so crucial, that we are obliged to renounce our good sense to deal with them immediately. And yet we do just that many times over.

Putting all our energy into sorting out the latest ‘squeaking door’ we forget to give attention to issues more likely to be advantageous to us in the coming future. ‘Limited options limit our choice’ or better ‘Poor priority management limits our future’.

With society fixated by the idea of ‘moving forward’, few find the strength of character or inclination to buck the trend and hit the pause button to review progress, plus the likely destination continuing with current efforts will lead towards.

Well, having pondered the idea that limited options limit our choice, I had better stop now. I hope the input here has, in some way, provided material for reflection. Thanks for reading this ‘Limited options limit our choice’ post.

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 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.

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Picking our moment wisely

June 6, 2018

Picking flowers wisely

Completing anything well often involves picking our moment wisely. Circumstances are what they are and it is our responsibility to ensure we focus our efforts for maximum impact.

The decision to intervene in a situation will be influenced by many factors, some unknown to us before we act. Being able to make valid judgement calls is, as such, an art as much as a science. And picking our moment wisely is a crucial part of this skill.

We need to make use of our intuition to assist us in picking our moment wisely. Trusting our intuition is thus a key attribute for us to develop.

Other aspects associated with picking our moment wisely relate to the manner in which we see whatever is before us. When we are attracted to or inspired by an issue, we are more likely to bring our full range of abilities to the proverbial table.

But what about those occasions we fail to go about picking our moment wisely?

Well, as I repeatedly remind myself and my coaching clients, we are human. Mistakes offer us an opportunity to tweak our strategies and develop ourselves, or at least toughen ourselves up. Yet on the whole, when we apply ourselves things more often than not turn out okay, no?

To join the conversation here on the issue of picking our moment wisely, please leave a comment below.

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.

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Remaining unmoved by the outlook

June 3, 2018

 

Inspiring outlook

I expect you know the type of people who, remaining unmoved by the outlook, are never enthusiastic about what is occurring around them.

Unless we are constrained by work or family ties, the best response we can offer these folk is space. Hanging out with Negative Nellies or Normans rarely does much for either ourselves or them. Remaining unmoved by the outlook, especially one we would normally be pleased to see, goes against who we are.

Sometimes it is suggested reality is about seeing the brutal aspects of the moment instead of focusing on the positive side of things. Without denying life contains testing moments, we should not overlook the fact it is a balancing act between ‘good’ and ‘bad’. And most events reside at the midpoint between these two extremes.

How we choose to acknowledge life remains, as ever, a personal matter. Breaking out into song when something touches our heart may be our preferred mode of expressing emotions. Then again, a simple smile might suffice. That others are remaining unmoved by the outlook is their choice.

If right now you feel moved to leave a comment below please do so. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Remaining unmoved by the outlook’ post today.

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 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.

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