“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.”
TLDR; Good morning and welcome to your 2-minute dose of happiness. Today we speak to the value of consistently working on your own awareness and the commitments necessary to succeed.
Mindfulness: Space can make all the difference. Emotional Intelligence: What’s holding you back from getting a mentor? Mindful: Easier to practice than you may have thought.
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“I was there in body but not embodied. I was totally, completely wrapped up in the thoughts running rampant in my mind. The worries about others, work, the future; about everything I thought I should be doing better and wanted to change about myself… it was exhausting.” – Madeline Eames in her article, “A Life-Changing Insight: You Are Not a Problem to Be Fixed”
This story made me think of a few things, one, of.a photo I saw the other day that compared mind full vs. mindful. Click here to see it on our twitter. On the one side, it shows someone who has a mind like Madeline’s on the other, a mindful mind. The difference? A picture is worth a thousand words.
The other thing I thought of was how I could relate to this. I have a lot going on in my life, it can get quite exhausting. Fortunately I’ve found tools to help me. For instance, Headspace, Blinkist, and APFL are all part of my morning routine. Setting out clear intentions for the day, on life, reflecting what I’m grateful for, all help calm the worries and focus on the present moment.
Research shows cognitive intelligence (CI) and emotional intelligence (EI) are both important for workplace performance. In these uncertain times, Emotional Intelligence will be tested.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and regulate emotions in ways that help us think more clearly and work with others more effectively. If asked in a job interview, “Tell about a time when you faced a highly ambiguous job.” They may be trying to get a gauge on your emotional intelligence. They may also be doing this if they have you take an online test showing people’s facial expressions and asking you to determine what they are feeling.
Why may they be doing this? Simply, just as the definition states, to gauge your ability to identify and regulate emotions that help you think more clearly and work with others more effectively.
“Individual who cannot master their emotions are ill-suited to profit from the investment process.” – Warren Buffett
Another study investigated emotional intelligence’s impact on long-term salary. Without surprise, emotional intelligence was associated with higher salaries. It seemed these individuals sought out mentors, they were aware of the benefits of this relationship and pursued it. Do you have a mentor?
Awareness of yourself, of others, how your actions impact others, how you handle ambiguous jobs, will lead to greater happiness in the long term.
“The principles of mindful movement are the same as any other mindfulness practice. We aim to bring our full attention to the present moment to experience the here and now. We bring our awareness to our movement and focus on our breath or the way our body feels as it moves. When our mind wanders, we bring our attention back to practice, to our breath, to our body.”
A walking meditation
Stretching and yoga
If you’re looking to blow off steam, working out is another opportunity for mindfulness.
I’ve personally only completed #1 from the list as I hadn’t thought of the other applications. After reading the article, I will definitely be trying #2, #4, and perhaps half of #3. The author suggests, “You might even find that you enjoy your workout more when you bring mindfulness to your practice.”
If you’re looking for ideas on how to incorporate more mindfulness into your life, this is a good read.
Dr. Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness is a psychologist, New York Times bestselling author, and therapist. His podcast Being Well covers topics ranging from Depression and Sadness, Who Am I?, Self-Compassion, Stress, Anxiety, and Fear, Dealing with Difficult People, Mindfulness, Meditation, to many more.