Everyday Mindfulness

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Chief Executive Officer - Global Information Provider

"Colin brings enthusiasm, professionalism, commitment and personal involvement to the leadership and mentoring process. We have seen a substantial improvement in our senior team's feedback, and superior results."

 

Regional Operations Controller - International Banking

"Colin definitely adds value in at least two ways. His no-holds barred insight into behaviour, and thewealth of tools and techniques he has available for growth and change."

 

Executive Vice President - Global Engineering

"I have no doubt that without Colin's help and advice - both professional and personal - the challengeof establishing myself in my new role would have been immensely more difficult."

 

In 2016, there were over 100 studies related to mindfulness at work. Organisations as diverse as Google to Goldman Sachs embrace Mindfulness now.

It’s a hot topic and has been shown to:-

 

Improve employee wellbeing, productivity and performance, develop leadership capability.

• Promote stronger enthusiasm in projects and meetings, improve decision making, creativity and listening, improve well-being and focus.

• Create better conditions for change and organisational transformation, decrease levels of stress and increase safety in high reliability

       organisations.

 

Mindful people generally feel good about themselves. They are considerate, available and get on well with others. They are resilient and cope well under pressure. They are flexible and adaptable and have a positive approach to change. They get the right things done in a timely, dependable and reliable way. They know their own minds and can share their thoughts and feelings in helpful ways that appreciate, respect and understand the minds of others. Some people may naturally be like this ~ others would benefit from learning to be mindful!

 

Initially, Mindfulness is taught as a life skill, and usually begins with learning to meditate. The idea of meditation, can put many people off, but it’s just another word that means to be Aware. Meditating is the best place to start to be aware, and initially that means practicing sitting, standing or walking while paying attention to all the thoughts, feelings and sensations that are there to be aware of. Mindfulness is completely secular, and mindful meditation is the first step towards being mindful. If meditating were the only step to take, it wouldn’t help us very much at work or in everyday life. A lot of people take time out to meditate, and when they’re not meditating, they’re just as stressed as ever! So it’s vital that awareness while meditating is transferred to being aware in everyday life. This means learning to be aware when at the computer, on the phone, in meetings, driving, flying, and even being aware of all the basic routines of life, like eating and drinking. Because these are routines, they provide opportunities for the mind to wind us up and score ‘points’ for stress. This is the mind adding more stress than it needs to. It’s not what we do, but how we see our thoughts, feelings and sensations while we’re doing it that matters. Being mindful of what our mind is up to in each moment, helps us stop adding to our stress.

Mindful at Work