Mindfulness as a Success Strategy
Let’s talk about mindfulness, which seems to be the new buzzword these days.
Because mindfulness could hold the secret to your success.
So, what exactly is it?
Mindfulness is, essentially, being aware. Some call it a type of meditation. It is the deliberate focus of one’s energy on the present moment and nothing else.
It can be useful as a time of reflection, slowing pace, redirecting our efforts, or simply taking a mental pause from the busy distractions of life.
Science is revealing benefits ranging from physical healing to a potential cure for depression. It is also said to increase our brain function in immeasurable ways.
So this begs the question: how can mindfulness help me as a leader?
Well to begin with, if you have a tendency to be constantly busy, this inability or unwillingness to step away, even for a few minutes, could be sabotaging your clarity and long-term focus, and ultimately your potential to achieve at the highest level.
How often do you stop the spin cycle of life, evaluate where you are, give your mind a rest, and re-set your compass?
One of the critical and sorely understated benefits of the practice of mindfulness is mastery over our own emotions. It should go without saying that leaders must have the ability to manage their mind.
We cannot forget that our outer world is simply a reflection of our inner world.
A leader must be stable and consistent, but stability and consistency are not inborn personality traits. They are learned disciplined habits that require intentional practice and refinement.
How do we acquire these skills and traits associated with mindfulness?
By reflection, accountability, clarity, focus, practice, and discipline. Practicing mindfulness on a regular basis will help tremendously.
Ask yourself the following questions:
1) How often do I give myself a mental break to refocus?
2) What benefits could I gain from mindfulness, or a similar type of intentional mental relaxation and focus?
3) What is my current struggle with regards to mastering my emotions?
4) If I could enhance my awareness of my emotions and exercise more control of how I express them, what impact could that have on my ability to influence?
If you can answer these questions honestly and with some vulnerability, it can go a long way to improving your success path and inspiring those around you.
We’re just scratching the surface with these and other powerful concepts that can increase your development as an influential leader!
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