Acknowledging the presence of those around us

July 7, 2019

As we move through the day, it is easy to be so focused on our tasks, our objectives, ourselves, that the idea of acknowledging the presence of those around us gets forgotten.

Nevertheless, once we go beyond the immediate concerns of the moment, we can take a few minutes to reflect on what the day would be like without those around us. We might discover that, in many instances, time spent in the company of others is the source of lasting memories.

Acknowledging the presence of those around us may create a positive moment for them. And, in all likelihood, put a smile on our face as we see their appreciation for our sentiments towards them.

Starting with the words ‘Thank you’ is perhaps the first step in acknowledging the presence of those around us. Directing the thanks towards a specific action or reason could be the next step.

To get the ball rolling, let me thank you for taking the time today to read this ‘Acknowledging the presence of those around us’ 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Achieving clarity regarding what is important to us

July 4, 2019

Before endeavouring to undertake any actions, it is crucial we spend time achieving clarity regarding what is important to us. Though this might seem obvious, it is often an overlooked step, made evident by needless ‘running around’.

How we go about achieving clarity regarding what is important to us may depend on a number of factors. In any case, the following ideas could apply to most of us.

1) Verifying the extent to which we are satisfied with our actual situation.

2) Tapping into our feelings about the tasks making up our schedule over the coming days, weeks and month.

3) Exploring the motivation we have towards continuing in the direction our efforts are taking us.

With the information gained from engaging in these three exercises, we are in a position to look clearly at our professional and personal life for the sake of achieving clarity regarding what is important to us.

And once we have completed this step, we can make any necessary adjustments to our activities to better align them with our values, if need be.

Or not. To share your input on the issue of ‘Achieving clarity regarding what is important to us’, 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Vaguely speaking adds to the confusion

June 9, 2019

Vaguely speaking adds to the confusion that can be found all around us. Tuning into any news report these days is likely to leave us scratching our heads in wonder. Details are often nonexistent or so limited it is difficult to understand the purpose of the report itself.

Because vaguely speaking adds to the confusion of the moment, it is fair to say our replicating this behaviour does little to resolve or indeed relieve the sense of bewilderment associated with it.

Of course, as much as vaguely speaking adds to the confusion, it is possibly justified to suggest certain people use this strategy deliberately to either a) avoid being held to an exact position or b) fill silence even if they have nothing particular to say.

Cutting through the confusion by focusing on clearly defined goals is another option. To explore choices as part of a coaching conversation, don’t hesitate to get in contact and we can arrange a session. In any case, though vaguely speaking adds to the confusion, it remains an option to take up or set aside.

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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

Curious? You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Imagination is there to be used

June 6, 2019

Like all our abilities, imagination is there to be used. Whether we decide to tap into our personal, or even collective imagination, for the sake of reaching desired objectives is another matter.

At times it is easy to forget we have the capacity to explore situations beyond the immediate by using our imagination. When we are stressed, worried or tired, challenges take on an ‘all or nothing’ look. We see no room for anything other than what is before us. However, imagination is there to be used and it is up to us to use it.

Visualizing desired outcomes ahead of our intervention, using intuition to investigate alternative solutions plus meditating on how we are experiencing this present moment, are all methods of taking control of our attitude and approach to daily life. As imagination is there to be used too, it would be a shame not to include it in the list of tools and resources at our disposal.

To join the conversation regarding the ideas raised here, please leave a comment below. In the meantime, thanks for reading this ‘Imagination is there to be used’ 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

Curious? You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Worrying about worrying

June 2, 2019

Whether it’s work-related or issues about family and friends, worrying about worrying feeds the already stressful moment we are currently experiencing.

A certain amount of concern – the exact measure is surely an individual question – brings focus to our efforts. When the level increases and we find ourselves perturbed over what might, or might not, happen we can easily start to engage in worrying about worrying.

Of course, worrying about worrying rarely relieves our anxiety over the root cause of our anguish. Yet it invariably impedes us from fully facing the challenge and, most likely, stops us from arriving at a solution to it.

Some people create an identity around worrying. Maybe you’ve heard someone say “Well, I have to worry about you”. However, is it really their job to worry about us?

Certainly looking out for us, showing interest in our wellbeing, is lovely. But worrying about us? And if there is nothing to worry about then the worrying about worrying kicks in, I suppose.

Everybody ideally lives according to what is right for them, so there are probably many other considerations on this issue. To share your thoughts, or worries, on the notion of worrying about worrying, 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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Putting action into words

May 30, 2019

Without putting action into words it is highly unlikely our words, like our dreams, will ever turn into concrete results.

The process of reflecting, planning and realizing any undertaking revolves around putting action into words. The momentum involved in actually getting to work on what we say we would like to achieve is itself a key step to obtaining success in any endeavour.

Furthermore, putting action into words is a way of underlining the importance and priority we give to the issue in question. So often we might mention we want to do this or that, yet without putting action into words the idea is lost in the flow of thoughts.

Looking at the situation from the opposite perspective, it is fair to suggest our actions don’t need words as they speak for themselves. Whether this is just a play on words is, however, a matter for each of us to decide.

To explore the question of putting action into words for the sake of living your potential, as part of a coaching conversation, feel free to get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘Putting action into words’ 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

Curious? You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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Achieving growth through collaboration

May 26, 2019

In today’s competitive environment, achieving growth through collaboration may seem a strange notion. This is especially so as messages coming from various sources suggest resources are scarce and life is a matter of winners and losers.

Fortunately, we still have the freedom to choose our approach towards many crucial issues impacting the way we live. Deciding to go about achieving growth through collaboration ensures we engage with people as stakeholders in this or that project.

Tapping into the skills different people have can mean undertakings are performed quicker, better and even to a greater degree of success than would be possible if we did everything ourselves.

Achieving growth through collaboration additionally creates a team spirit that is able to lift us when facing the inevitable setbacks and challenges we are likely to encounter as we grow.

Despite the advantages of achieving growth through collaboration being put forward here, the strategy rarely occurs automatically. Everybody concerned needs to put shared objectives ahead of personal goals for the sake of achieving collective results.

To share your thoughts on the concept of achieving growth through collaboration, 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 Università Cattolica, 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 motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

Curious? You can contact Brian via e-mail (brian@bgdtcoaching.com), by clicking on the icons or leaving a comment below.

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