Running Your Business With Mindfulness
In recent years, there has been a lot of buzz around the word “mindfulness”, and for very good reason. At $3.4 trillion, the Global Wellness Market is now three times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.
So, what exactly is mindfulness? Essentially, mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it is. However, that doesn’t mean we use it as often as should.
Remaining Calm Under Pressure
We’ve all heard the phrase “remain calm under pressure”. Well, as a business owner, remaining calm under pressure is crucial, personally and professionally.
Think about what a clear and present mind can do to reduce errors, problem solve, strategize, and respond to events instead of impulsively reacting to events.
When we respond from a conscious, stable mind instead of our knee-jerk reactions, we´re able to make calm, rational, and informed decisions. Not to mention what a calm mind can do for your relationships with your clients and colleagues.
Tell Me The Benefits
Among its many benefits, mindfulness has been proven to help reduce stress, strengthen resilience, and increase our emotional intelligence. All of these are extremely helpful for a business owner running an SME.
What Do You Really Do With Your Time?
Do you feel like you´re constantly racing around trying to put out one fire after another? Do you feel like you´re constantly getting pulled into the vortex of e-mail and social media?
Being present and aware of where you’re putting your time and attention is a powerful insight. For example, you may say there’s never enough hours in the day to achieve everything you need to do for your SME.
However, if you were to assess where and how you spend your time, you may be surprised where you are unknowingly putting your energy.
Using Your Time Wisely
Mindfulness can help you be more aware of your choices, what needs to be done, and how to prioritize things for your SME. As a business owner, being aware of your time can help you make a conscious choice of where you actually need to allocate your time and energy.
Being more aware of our time and choices often results in us being productive. Additionally, looking at how you’re spending your time, you may find that you do, in fact, have more time available to spend with your family, friends, and other activities.
Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
As a business owner, if your role requires any type of creative or strategic thinking, you need to have a clear mind. When our mind is in a relaxed state, we’re more likely to find solutions than when we are stressed.
Mindfulness can help us quieten down the noise in our heads and allow us to “tune in” to ourselves, make decisions, and find solutions easier.
Just 10 Minutes A Day
Carving out just 10 minutes a day to meditate can make a huge difference to your awareness. In addition to the hundreds of free videos available on YouTube, there are several great apps available which can introduce you to meditation with a 21-day challenge starting with just a couple of minutes a day and working your way up to 30 minutes a day.
So, how are mindful are you while you´re running your company?
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