It’s Monday morning you walk into the office the phone is already ringing, the email inbox is filling, and you walk by your mail slot and see mail billowing out of the box. A coworker sees you in the hall and stops to ask you, ‘just a quick question.’ You return to your desk, open your calendar to see you only have 30 minutes before the first of four back-to-back meetings begins. You know now that all hope for managing your workload for the day appears lost.
Right then you notice that you feel your shoulders get tight, your stomach clench up in knots, and an overwhelming desire to leave and take a permanent vacation.
It’s another typical Monday in your business, but it doesn’t have to be.
According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace study, 70 percent of people are mentally disengaged from their jobs. Gallup estimates that this is status quo and contributing to holding back the growth of the economy, costing the US between $450 and $550 billion in lost productivity each year. The social costs are even harder to measure. The single greatest contributor to chronic illness is prolonged periods of stress and the leading source of stress is primarily stress at work that sometimes feels dehumanizing, un-enjoyable, and meaningless, to the point of anger and frustration.
It is time to give your self, your employees, and/or coworkers permission to co-create a new consciousness in business. Where ‘meaningless’ can become ‘mindful.’ Mindful means many things to different people. In essence, mindfulness is to be present without any judgment to what is happening in that exact moment, observing it, and choosing compassionately how to react to it.
The practice of mindfulness in business creates a clear vision for both short-term and long-term profitability and the overall happiness of those who work in and with your company and/or business.
Here are 7 things you can choose to become mindful even on the most stressful day
Mindfulness does not have to be difficult; it can be quite easy and become a regular way of being with practice and tenacity. I encourage you to select one of these practices and try it once each day. Then observe the positive results that come from giving yourself compassion, saying your mantra, breathing in and out with awareness, and sharing gratitude.
America’s largest companies are beginning to incorporate the practice of mindfulness: SalesForce, Target, Proctor & Gamble, and Google to name a few. Mindfulness is contributes to their productivity and profitability.
Choose one practice for a month and let me know how it works for you.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’] https://hollyduckworth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/4203_2.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Holly Duckworth is a coach and consultant to CEOs and executives. She helps businesses increase results by facilitating strategic planning sessions, teaming with leaders to co-create new visions, and introducing new and proven approaches to leadership. Author and international business columnist, her award-winning book, ‘Ctrl+Alt+Believe: Reboot Your Association for Success’ guides leaders to create a new belief system about how their organization works, so they can forge a new future NOW.[/author_info] [/author]