Monday, February 29, 2016

PRACTICING MINDFULNESS

PRACTICING MINDFULNESS/ SELF AWARENESS 

Think before you act; Developing interpersonal communication skills builds the foundation for successful relationships. 

Some situations can be difficult: Practicing self awareness can maintain stability and balance in both your professional and personal lives. 

Learning to be proactive rather than reactive puts you in a position of power; focusing on the task at hand, instead of letting your emotions get the best of you, will surely lead you to reaching your goals much faster.  

In times of conflict we can become paralyzed and unable to process information rationally.  Practicing mindfulness will give us an advantage over the negative effects on our brain, and enhance our ability to overcome challenges.  

For example - we may find ourselves experiencing a situation where a client/customer is causing a difficult or overly dramatic scene. 

How does being proactive come into play with this specific situation you ask? Simple.

Instead of allowing yourself to become frustrated and angry, do your best to see their perspective and respond more creatively.  

Always keep in mind the ideal result is to achieve a win win situation. 

In order to maintain composure, in a position of strength and self control, we must learn to become proactive and not react to the situation at hand.

Rather than trying to manipulate, change the situation or the person involved, become aware of how you conduct yourself; Ultimately It is the only thing you have control over. 

Before you are ready to shift your thoughts you must become conscious of the negative effects on your physical being. 

You must allow time in order to regroup so you can communicate in a competent manner and not be governed by your emotions. 

Recognize if you are being triggered or provoked. 

In order to center yourself devote a few moments to do the following; Focus on your breath - inhale deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth. 
 
You'll be able to quickly restore balance, redirect your thoughts  in order to reflect and relate more productively. 

Be realistic - practice makes perfect; The more you engage in this strategy, the easier it will become in the future. 

Self awareness is the basic foundation that is needed in order to become successful in all areas of life. 

If you need additional help to implement this process, please don't hesitate to contact me at any time. 

Love & Blessings
Yours Estee 💟