Mindfulness, the state of being consciously aware of your surroundings, feelings and actions, is an important component of high performance and goal achievement.
Although most people want to run the other way, acquiring a strong sense of self and constantly working on self-awareness is a key component to personal and professional development. Being truly mindful yields a huge return: focused, authentic, aligned thoughts and action.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
~Do one thing at a time; forget about multi-tasking (it doesn’t work). You can switch from one task to another but you can’t multi-focus. When you’re training, just train. When you’re working on a creative project, shut off all distractions and work. When it’s time to go to sleep, shut everything down and go to bed. Your productivity will increase and your stress levels will go down.
~Be intentional. Complete each task with purpose. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing? Is it really giving you the result that you want? Make sure you are strategic with your hustle.
~Know your strengths. Know your weaknesses. Know what keeps you focused and know what throws you off. If you do your best work in a coffee shop, go to a coffee shop. If that environment doesn’t work for you, get out of there. Know how to perform at your best and then go out and get it done. If you need help, hire a coach.
~Take breaks when needed (or perhaps just before they are needed). Research has shown that our productivity increases when we take small breaks. Get outside, go for a walk, or even stop to do a few minutes of breathing exercises. You will come back refreshed, recharged, and with new energy.
Helen Marie Fox is a health and performance coach who has helped hundreds of individuals and groups perform at their best. Her strategic approach to goal achievement leaves people armed with the knowledge, skills and essential mindset required to create change. Read more.