Everything in your life, including your work, your relationships, and your health is impacted by how you:
- Control your emotions
- Maintain your energy level
- Make decisions
- Prioritize what's important
Think about it. Whatever role you're putting the most energy into right now, whether it's as an employee, a spouse, a parent, or something else, you could benefit from mastering each of these seven skills.
But in the busyness of our daily lives, these often take a backseat to an ever increasing demand for our time and attention.
Seriously, with everything expected of you at home and work, when was the last time you were able to slow down and breathe, much less pay attention to developing your focus, communication, and these other skills?
My guess, it's been awhile. In fact, on most days you're probably feeling so overwhelmed, worried, and stressed that you're happy just to make it through another day.
Am I right?
If this sounds anything like the life you've been living, I mean existing in, I get it. Until a little over a year ago, I was feeling the same way.
Most days I was just going through the motions. I wanted more, I expected more, but instead I just settled for just surviving another day.
That is until I tried mindfulness meditation.
Starting with my first mindfulness meditation session a little more than one year ago, I went on to complete 270 sessions over the next twelve months, a fact I learned thanks to a neat little feature in the meditation app I use and recommend to my friends and coaching clients. My daily mindfulness practice is continuing to help me along in my journey to become my best self.
You can experience this, too. Here are seven ways mindfulness is the key to your success at work and life.
1. Mindfulness improves your focus.
2. Mindfulness enables effective communication.
3. Mindfulness helps you regulate your emotions.
4. Mindfulness increases your energy levels.
5. Mindfulness makes you a better listener.
6. Mindfulness improves your decision making.
7. Mindfulness helps prioritize what's important.
I'm not a mindfulness expert. I'm just a regular guy who has discovered that mindfulness can make my life significantly better.
And don't just take my word for it. There's plenty of scientific research that backs up what I and many others have experienced - that mindfulness is the foundation for becoming your best self, and the starting point for success at work and life. In fact, more and more companies are encouraging mindfulness to improve work performance. Be sure to check with your company to see what they offer.
As you begin to develop this foundation, you'll see your abilities gradually improve in these seven areas. It won't happen overnight, but you'll start to see improvements in your performance at work, in the strength and fulfillment of your relationships, and in the quality of your health and well-being.
Mindfulness is being conscious of what you're feeling, more intentional about your behaviors, and more attentive to the impact you have on others. Experiment and find out what mindfulness practice works best for you.
I can't promise that your experience will be exactly like mine, but I have no doubt that a daily mindfulness practice will have a positive impact on your life, too.
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