We live in a hustle culture, where we believe we can’t be successful unless we’re constantly at the brink of exhaustion.
Former Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Adrianna Huffington is one of many people on a mission to change the way we work and live. After collapsing from exhaustion she knew she had to change. It was time to shift from knowing what to do to actually doing it.
She is set to launch her start-up Thrive Global later this year. With mindfulness at its focus, the business will provide programmes and resources to improve the wellbeing of employees.
At its core, mindfulness is about being aware of what is happening in the moment. It’s about paying attention and being willing to see everything as it is.
Without looking at the science, we all know that when we feel re-charged and alert we have a ‘good’ day. And by a good day we tend to mean a day where we get things done.
It’s a bit like sport. The best athletes in the world know that to perform they must be fully charged, mentally and physically. The same goes for our everyday lives, personal and professional. No one can be at their best when they’re burnt out.
Sometimes it’s just about getting back to basics
1. Are you a good listener?
One of the best forms of communication is listening. We live in a society of interruption, a world where it’s part of our culture to talk over people. By focusing on listening we can take in more. Listen in a way that doesn’t jump to conclusions or make assumptions. We never know what idea, suggestion or piece of advice that we might otherwise miss.
2. When was the last time you actually stopped?
When we’re under the pump, deadlines looming, taking a break is the last thing on our mind. Our instinct is to push through and ignore the obvious signs of exhaustion, just as we put off charging our phones after numerous alerts. Only when there’s nothing left, do we think to do anything. Taking regular breaks will keep your batteries charged for longer.
3. How often are you truly present?
When we are present with people, we give ourselves the opportunity to understand the now. We have much more control over our thoughts. We can analyse the situation so much better. In business, trusting your gut and questioning the status quo is crucial. If your mind is elsewhere your ability to make good decisions suffer.
This is just a start. Mindfulness has so many layers. We’ll have more to come on this evolving topic. #WeAreHumankind