We live in a busy world. Everything seems to be labeled a rush item. We lose sight of priority items. We lose our focus. We have difficulty problem-solving. We panic and fall prey to a negative mindset. We end up losing our connection with the present moment, lose sight of what we’re doing and what we’re feeling. None of this leads to success.
How is it that some people seem to glide effortlessly through their day with grace and ease while others crumble under inevitable stress? What is it that these individuals do differently than most of us? How do they keep their cool and remain calm?
Could calmness be the clue to how they reach their goals and achieve success without suffering stress’s negative outcome? Successful people appear calm, focused, and in control of their professional and private lives. They seem to easily overcome the stress of their daily hustle and keep going full speed ahead. The question remains, how do they do it? They have a secret weapon, it’s called mindfulness.
I’ve been using it (mindfulness) for almost 40 years now – and I think it’s a great tool for anyone to have, to be able to utilize as a tool for stress. Stress, of course, comes with almost every business.
~ Clint Eastwood
The practice of mindfulness is known to help with becoming resilient to stress, helping with decision-making, improving focus and productivity, and increasing emotional intelligence. It’s the practice of focusing attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment.
Mindfulness, as described by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis.”
When we are being mindful, we can see our thinking calmly and objectively. Reactive thoughts no longer control us. We can then respond to situations according to our values instead of reacting emotionally.
A calm mind is the precursor to success.
Mindfulness is a meditation that is positively mind-altering. It allows us to experience tranquility, insight, and focus. Those who use it claim to experience better control over stress and anxiety, improved energy levels, insights into creative ideas, and allows them to remain calm throughout the day no matter what they face.
If you just sit and observe, you’ll see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom, and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.
~ Steve Jobs
There are many reasons to practice mindfulness
- Helps us communicate more effectively while under stress
- Awakens creativity
- Improves focus
- Reduces negative emotions and the accompanying stress
- Helps tune out distractions
- Improves memory, attention, and information recall
- Decreases negative reactivity
All are essential traits that must be mastered on the road to success. All are achievable through mindfulness mediation, a collection of skills that helps cope with stress, manage emotions, and improve focus, creativity, and productivity.
Many think the practice of mindfulness is about sitting in cross-legged meditation for lengthy periods of time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sure, you can sit cross-legged, eyes closed, focusing on your breath for hours on end, but that wouldn’t be the most productive use of your time. There are many forms of mindfulness that may be better suited to your lifestyle, and a myriad of options for you to try. They all have the same goal, that of helping you become more self-aware.
Find what you need to do to bring yourself peace. It can be taking a moment to focus on your breath, re-center, refocus. Or it can be something as simple as mindful eating or spending time in an activity you enjoy.
I find (mindfulness) meditation in sitting on the floor with the kids coloring for an hour or going on the trampoline. You do something you love, that makes you happy, and that gives you your meditation.
~ Angelina Jolie
Practicing mindfulness, aka mindfulness meditation, is the common denominator with many high earning entrepreneurs. It’s what they do each day to ensure success. Now it’s your turn. Become mindful and reach the level of success you deserve.
I normally do my mindfulness exercises in the morning. It’s the first thing I do when I get up.
~ Kobe Bryant
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