In Your True Home, Hanh defines mindfulness as the energy that helps us to be there 100%. It is the energy of your true presence. In an age of distractions, multitasking, and information delivered in the small bites, how do we stay present? What is it like to give of ourselves 100% in any situation? Does it really make that much of a difference?
Let me start by saying that I know it is possible. It is not easy but it is possible. Most importantly, I know that it is an incredible gift to give yourself and your clients. Yes, it makes a huge difference in how you relate to your clients and the results you are able to deliver to your clients. How then do we begin to shift back into being 100% in the present?
- Know that it is possible, and I would even assert that it is our natural state of being.
- Stop comparing yourself with other people-living or dead, friends, family members, colleagues, celebrities. Just stop.
- Eliminate your to-do list. Identify 3 Important Tasks to Complete at the start of each day or even better as the end to each day in planning for the next day. Priority each item as 1, 2, or 3. Then do each item one at a time until completion or at least as complete as it can be done in that moment.
Give yourself an hour to each task. Set a timer for 50 minutes, turn off email, the phone, etc and go for it. The last 10 minutes of the hour can be used to bring your hour of power to a close and to do a quick victory lap. Celebrate! You are on your way to being a present human being.
Do you have tips for staying present? Or a success story? If this all seems impossible or you are not convinced it will positively impact your business then let’s talk over a Strategy Session. I am ready to give you 100% of my attention.
Thich Nhat Hanh. Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh. Ed. Melvin McLeod. Boston: Shambhala, 2011. Print.