A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness When You're a Professional
Experience is a great teacher and all that we really know. Each day, all of our lives are jam-packed with countless experiences. A lot of these experiences are ordinary everyday circumstances. Others are less common. Occasionally, some are so unique that they are literally life-changing. However, whether the experience is typical or out of this world offers us a teaching moment. Hopefully, most of us will come away from a memorable experience with a fresh perspective. Yet, very few of us grasp the enlightenment that is inherent in the day-to-day activities that, by necessity, take up the majority of our time. Buddhists call this awareness of the learning potential in the commonplace “mindfulness.” Successful business people understand this concept and utilize it to their advantage.
When you begin to be mindful, you see that everything you do has meaning. You also realize that no matter what you are doing, you can do it better. In business, this means that you begin to pay closer attention to every task. You understand that each task fits into others, and together they form the whole of your business initiative. Suppose you take a shortcut or cut corners on the smallest of things. In that case, it only serves to undermine the largest and seemingly most important jobs.
This mindful mindset carries over into other areas when you do your absolute best at any job. It brings a new level of excellence to your entire organization. So, use every experience, every day, as a moment to learn. Be mindful of bad or lazy behaviors and change them into more positive and productive actions. Your entire business will benefit from this simple attention to detail.
Laura Reichert is the CEO and founder of Triangle Life Coaching.
She offers in-office coaching and virtual coaching via video or phone call.