“Mindfulness” is simply noticing the way things are – it is the skill of consciously focusing the mind in the present moment without judgment and without attachment. Mindfulness enables us to be attentive and conscious about what’s happening in any given moment without distractions. The more you are able to exercise this skill, the more deeply you’ll be able to concentrate and the greater your clarity – about yourself, your business, and the world around you. Mindfulness at work helps decrease stress and increase productivity.
When not mindful, you tend to be controlled by thoughts and feelings and become subject to much greater outside influence. For example, the success of a competitor at your expense, difficult conversations, poor market performance, even the receipt of expenses can all negatively impact an untrained mind. (adapted from Mindful Leadership) Without mindfulness, your business can take away your inner peace, happiness, and well-being, negatively impacting your judgment and ability to make sound decisions.
How Prevalent is Mindlessness?
A recent study shows that people’s minds wander approximately 47% of the time (that’s almost half our life!)
If you were able to create a daily log of where your mind is from moment to moment, chances are you will find that considerable amounts of your time and energy each day are expended on considering or rehashing (maybe even regretting) things that have already happened and are in the past. And you will probably find that as much or more energy is expended in anticipating, planning, worrying, or fantasizing about the future and what you want (or don’t want) to happen. With this near constant distraction, it’s no wonder that we miss so much of our life’s experiences.