Self doubt and your inner saboteur is, seriously, the biggest obstacle for any working professional to overcome. Is mindfulness the way to work yourself out of it?
Mindfulness is a management technique that dates back to the 1970s, but mindfulness has been a part of spirituality and personal practice for centuries. Can mindfulness help your leadership strategy?
Most simply, its a way to train your brain to accept, and not judge, any stress, circumstances, or feelings that pass through your head, simply accepting what they are.
On a personal level, and we suggest you start here, mindfulness simple, but not easy, to implement. The most important part is that you “notice” without evaluating, judging, or ruminating.
If you catch yourself getting stressed, for example, take a break and breathe. Notice how you feel. Think about the source of your stress- why is it stressful? Regardless of the answer, focus on the matter at hand instead of the stress. Recognizing thought patterns that aren’t helping you is the first step to a mindful life.
Just like everything else, mindfulness is a habit. It can manifest in daily meditation practices, but can be implemented more simply though being present in every moment and understanding that your thoughts are your reality. Before you try to get a grasp on how to master mindfulness on a larger scale, develop your personal practice and learn what works best for you.
Mindfulness can provide a variety of benefits, on a personal and professional level. Here are some of the keys:
Workplace mindfulness refers simply to the mindfulness of individuals within the business. So, a present, aware consciousness while at work.
Unfortunately, no one can force the practice of mindfulness and meditation. But as we know, a mentally healthy staff is a passionate and productive staff. Here are some ways to gently encourage staff members to practice mindfulness:
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