Does more always mean better?

July 21, 2019

Does more always mean better? Possibly yes, if we have bought into today’s consumption mentality of ‘needing the latest best thing’ and ‘wanting the newest version of this or that’.

However, asking this basic question might be enough to break our buying habit or craving. For those of us already feeling overwhelmed by past purchases, this would be especially so. Additionally, it can help us manage the pressure we may feel under to keep up with the Joneses.

Besides the enquiry ‘Does more always mean better?’, we could ponder whether less is better. This might open us to a new mindset, one in which we are able to appreciate items in our possession as they emerge from piles of new acquisitions and the like.

Of course, there will be some things we associate so closely with we are unwilling to do without and would never dream of not obtaining more if the occasion arose. Gadgets linked to work or related to a particular hobby come to mind. In these cases, the answer to ‘Does more always mean better?’ is probably ‘Yes’.

Knowing why we choose to buy something keeps our decision aligned to heartfelt values. It also ensures the shopping process is undertaken mindfully rather than thoughtlessly.

Or not. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts on this ‘Does more always mean better?’ 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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Balancing our actions against our results

January 27, 2019

“Go, go, go!”, “Keep on keeping on!” and so we strive, push and hammer away, often without balancing our actions against our results.

But being clear what the impact our actions are producing is also a valid approach. Balancing our actions against our results ensures we don’t end up at the wrong destination by investing time and effort inappropriately.

In our hearts, we know when it is time to quit an endeavour or, at least, alter our emphasis, for the sake of reaching our desired goals. Ignoring such input could be a foolhardy thing to do bringing any number of unnecessary stresses and challenges.

Yet there will be occasions balancing our actions against our results can only be accomplished after our input. In such instances, we have to accept this scenario as it is and trust we are moving in the right direction now and with subsequent efforts.

So, to conclude, perhaps we should each assess the extent we are balancing our actions against our results as part of our daily mindfulness practice. To evaluate your situation within the context of a coaching conversation, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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 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.

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Discovering meaning in the moment

January 28, 2018

Meaning in the moment

 

Discovering meaning in the moment is, of course, an exercise we all engage in, even if we are not consciously calling it this.

We move through life selecting where to place our attention and then act accordingly. By ‘doing’ we are ‘being’ as it were. Yet discovering meaning in the moment is acquired not only from this ‘surface gliding’ approach.

Stepping back from rushing forward gives ourselves time and space to breathe, observe and actually see. In many ways, this is a gift we could give ourselves regularly but, for some reason, it is one considered lavish for our everyday existence.

Nevertheless, life invariably steps in and, whether with a downpour or something more serious, shakes us awake to take stock of how our habits, actions and general behaviour actions, have impacted on us to date, discovering meaning in the moment.

Let’s imagine how more effective life would be if we were to schedule mindful pauses for the sake of discovering meaning in the moment into each day.

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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Reflections – Focus

February 17, 2011

In a world which places much importance on measuring and determining the value of an action from the results obtained, focusing on the outcome when tasked to do something is understandable.

Focusing exclusively on the end

Yet focusing exclusively on the end, might mean we miss the actual moment of doing the task. It can be argued provided we get the thing done it doesn’t matter. Perhaps that is right, although there will be times when how we do something is important too.

Multitasking or rudeness?

I can remember an occasion a bank teller dealt with my query as she focused on a report on her desk. When I asked if I should return at a more convenient time, I was met with a frosty reply that she was very capable of multitasking. I now bank online.

Lack of focus

The lack of focus or ‘shoddiness of craftsmanship’ as my grandfather would have said, shows up everywhere nowadays. Details get taken down in a haphazard way. The spelling of names and noting of account numbers are likewise hit or miss affairs over the phone.

Being focused

If we are honest we know when we are doing something with little or no focus. Although we might think otherwise, others also notice when we are ‘going through the motions’ as we ponder what’s for dinner or make mental plans for the weekend.

The Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh sums up being mindful of what we are doing with the concept of ‘Washing the dishes to wash the dishes’, being completely focused on the fact one is washing the dishes, rather than mentally rushing to the next thing to be done.

As ever, other perspectives are possible. I’d love to hear your opinions on the issue of focus, so please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks for connecting.

Brian.
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