WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
While definitions of mindfulness vary, at its core, mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present moment, objectively, without judgment. It involves training your brain to attend to what’s going on in front of you, while letting go of distractions and concerns that may interfere with your ability to focus. As a result, mindfulness enhances your concentration and increases productivity.
At the same time, mindfulness develops your ability to be objective. So, it also allows you to observe your thoughts and emotions in an open-minded way. This helps you to gain perspective, and act intentionally, instead of reactively. As a result, it contributes to greater emotional intelligence, better relationships, and more effective communication.
This 60 Minutes segment by Anderson Cooper provides a helpful overview of mindfulness.
Work Can Be Stressful
- It is estimated that stress costs employers $300 billion per year in lost productivity and healthcare costs.
- Over 70% of employees report psychological or physical symptoms related to stress, with over 1/3 describing their stress levels as extreme.
- 48% of employees report sleep disturbances due to stress.
- 83% of employed Americans reported being stressed out by at least one aspect of their jobs.
Mindfulness Can Help
Mindfulness has been shown to:
- decrease stress
- improve immune functioning
- boost your mood and increase overall well-being
- improve sleep quality
- increase job satisfaction
Success as an Executive Requires an Array of Skills…Mindfulness Can Help.
To be a successful executive, you need a variety of skills, including:
Being able to engage and motivate employees towards a common goal.
Mindfulness has been shown to contribute to stronger emotional intelligence, greater empathy, and an enhanced ability to connect to others. All of these qualities will help you to be a better leader.
Developing relationships, communicating effectively, and collaborating with others to make decisions that are in the best interests of the business.
Mindfulness has been linked to deeper relationships, better communication, and improved decision-making. As a result, you will be more effective when relating to, and influencing others.
Execution – Prioritizing and managing your time in order to get things done.
Research shows that mindfulness increases concentration and focus, while also helping you to be better able to manage distracting thoughts. The end result is being more productive and efficient as you go about your work.
Confidence – Having a strong sense of self-efficacy and belief in your ability to effect change and meet goals.
Mindfulness can help you to deal with the self-criticism and negative self-talk that can undermine your confidence. With more self-assurance, you put yourself in a better position to accomplish your objectives.
Maintaining persistence in the face of difficulty and bouncing back quickly from setbacks.
Mindfulness helps you to gain perspective by letting go of unhelpful worry and anxiety so you can focus constructively on the only thing over which you do have complete control – your actions in the present moment.
An openness to self-development, and the ability to listen to, and apply feedback.
Mindfulness can help you to increase your level of self-awareness, regulate your emotions and increase your level of objectivity. As a result, you gain greater insight into yourself, and can better benefit from others’ input.
Developing a mindful approach to work requires time and practice. And, our course enables you to take the time you need to develop a sense of mindfulness at your own pace. A mindfulness workshop might get you motivated in the short-run, but have results that fizzle out across time. On the other hand, our online program provides you with the tools and support to develop an ongoing mindfulness habit that you can sustain over the long haul.