There is a lot of responsibility that comes with being the person in charge. As leaders we face many demands and pressures as well as endless communication through mobile devices, social media, and computers. With many unpredictable complications, increased expectations, and balancing our own personal and professional goals, it can become very overwhelming.
A successful leader is someone who understands the roll of health and total well-being within their lives and company. We need to strive to become physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.
There are many studies that show being mindful or meditating briefly can reduce stress and improve the ability to process information. It can also help with focus and motivation.
The problem for many business owners is that they’re operating at their maximum level. What we need to try and do is pay attention to where we are, what we're doing or who we're talking to.
Mindfulness thinking is being in touch with the right here, right now. Practicing this way of thinking will reduces stress and boost your ability to concentrate and have greater clarity.
It can develop and improve your leadership presence.
Here are some simple ways to get started:
- Practice breathing exercises: One of the simplest ways to bring the influence of mindfulness to your leadership approach is to incorporate a brief, breathing meditation routine. All that's needed is for you to sit still and examine your breath as it goes in and out of your lungs, without altering your breathing. You will likely feel an immediate sense of calm.
- Do a three-minute body scan: This is a long-established idea among well-being experts, which involves mentally scanning your body by briefly becoming aware of each part of your body as you practice your deep breathing.
- Spend time in nature: Take a walk in a park, or anywhere in nature, by yourself. Don't answer the phone, or check email. All you need is 20 to 30 minutes to realize the value in this exercise.
- Establish mindfulness prompts: Set up prompts to remind you throughout the day to relax and practice mindfulness. For example…just before entering a meeting, take a few seconds to be mindful.
- Use mindfulness support apps: Mindfulness reminders such as qwikALERT or ProdMe can be very helpful if you're spending long hours at your computer. These can be set to remind you to stop for a moment and practice a 60-second breathing exercise or other quick meditation practice.
- Remove unnecessary urgency: We often tend to schedule one event after another. With a little planning and foresight, you can put some space between tasks or appointments. This helps you show up at each event with mindfulness.
This isn't difficult to learn, all it takes is for you to put your doubts aside and choose to make this process a part of your life.
It will likely lead to greater concentration and a decline in mistakes and could even improve creativity and help you communicate ideas more clearly. These are all qualities in a strong, innovative business leader.
There’s no hard rules as to how this is to be done. What works for some might not work for others. But business owners who practice it and encourage their employees to as well, are likely to see not just an improvement and balance in their personal life but productive and successful business results as well.
How do and your employees work to clear your minds and focus?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC. We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition. We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com
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