I just signed up for Zen Habits’ Mindful Eating program. Doing so, I started thinking about being mindful at work and what that means. It is about being fully in the present moment. Doing this in quiet, harmonious surroundings is an advantage. Doing this at work with the pace, interpersonal relationships, stress and physical environment is another thing. What are the advantages of being mindful at work? By being mindful, you bring your best to everything you do. By being mindful, you recognize early signs of stress, conflict, crisis and opportunity. You are healthier, happier, focused and more effective. How to start? Small steps. First, observe how mindful you are in the course of your workday. Answer the question, are you mindful. If there’s room for improvement, take one hour a day to practice mindfulness at work. See where it brings you and go from there.
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I once worked with a great coach, Jack Barnard, who said he was “an escort to the edge”. He said his work with people was to bring them to the edge of their comfort zone, because it is at the edge of your comfort zone where change can occur. How often do you go to the edge of your comfort zone? Do you know where it is? Are you afraid to or do you go there willingly so you can change for the better?
In coaching we have a concept called “Acknowledgment” where you take the time to recognize what you have accomplished before you run on to the next thing. In that spirit, can you take a moment now to celebrate all you are and have become? My guess is that you have worked hard to be a leader, to grow as a person and to develop your skills. Right now, celebrate yourself and give yourself three examples of what you have created for your life. I celebrate you!
I wish you a very happy 2012 of dreams come true! What can you do this month to get one step closer to your dreams?