What is Mindfulness? – And Why it is CRUCIAL for Working Professionals
“Live in the moment,” “the time is now,” “there’s no time like the present.’ I’m sure you’ve heard at least one of these adages at one point or another, but what do they really mean? What these proverbs have in common is a focus on mindfulness.
MINDFULNESS IS NOTHING BUT THE PRACTICE OF BEING FULLY PRESENT IN THE NOW, THE CURRENT MOMENT, UNDISTRACTED BY OUTSIDE STIMULI OR EVENTS.
From a state of mindfulness we are undistracted by people, places, or surroundings. We are in sync with the moment before us, and unprovoked by stressors or worries of the past or future. With the ever-expanding prevalence of social media, demanding careers and general life demands, mindfulness has been increasingly difficult to maintain. We live in a society of innovation, upgrades, and a “what’s next?” mentality. While that’s amazing, we have cultivated a collective “go, go go” approach to life that makes slowing down a near-impossible feat, or a guilt and anxiety-inducing thought for countless professionals. But what if I told you we’d be even better at our jobs, if we were more mindful? If you’re an entrepreneur or working professional of any kind, this may sound like a fool’s dream. No distractions?–no way. How can I possibly slow down and still excel at my job? I’m here to tell you that not only is mindfulness a good idea, it’s the best idea to enhance the quality of your work and your life, simultaneously. Below, check out a few ways that mindfulness breeds success:
- Mindfulness helps avoid careless mistakes
- Mindfulness improves the quality of your work
- Mindfulness enhances the quality of your professional relationships
- Mindfulness improves your work-life balance
- Mindfulness reduces stress
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