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Can Mindfulness Really Help You Do Your Job Better?

Title Herb Carver  |  Date 2018  |                    . The benefits of practicing mindfulness in the workplace have been garnering more attention than ever, and it's not hard to see why. According to industry data, employee stress and burnout is estimated to cause businesses as much as $300 billion a year in lost productivity and healthcare costs. On an individual level, unmanaged stress and anxiety can hurt your career, impact your personal relationships and social life, and even take a toll on your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Understanding how to apply mindfulness techniques to your professional and everyday life can help with everything from effectively managing stress and burnout, to increasing personal and organizational productivity....

How to Stop Worry from Limiting Your Life

How to Stop Worry
There's no doubt about it – there's a lot to worry about in the world today. Our mobile tech reminders, news apps, and social media feeds allow every dysfunctional aspect of life and the world to hover only a few keystrokes, clicks or touches away. You worry about the outcome of current events when you can't foresee the future. You worry about things that haven't happened yet and may never happen. You worry about things you invent in your own mind that don't necessarily have any basis in reality. You live in a near constant, low-grade state of overwhelm that influences most everything that you do. As an advisor and success coach, I frequently encounter worry issues – thoughts that can produce a sense of...

Secrets to a Mindful Business Life

Let me know if this at all sounds familiar? You’re first thought upon waking is the assembly of today’s “To-Do” list and by the time you arrive at work you’re being to feel the twinge of overwhelm. You make an effort to participate in idle conversation with coworkers but other thoughts hold you back. So back to the grind you go – attempting to “multi-task” amidst distractions, juggling duties as the priorities sporadically change. Upon arriving back home you’re asked if anything interesting happened today and though tired, you struggle to recall anything of importance. If you aren’t fully invested in the moment it can feel next to impossible to remember and truly appreciate the day you had at work. An average full-time job is 40 hours…

Do You Have A Work Addiction?

During a recent keynote address, I asked the audience the following questions: How many of you would say that the demands and complexities of your workplace have been increasing? This is always greeted with a laugh – one of those “we’re nervous for you, Mr. Speaker, because if you think things are getting easier then you’re talking to the wrong group.” How many of you expect that these demands and complexities will continue to increase? Fewer laughs, but no hands go down. And how many of you feel like your capacity to meet this rising demand will increase at the same rate? Dilemma time. People fidget in their seats a little as the mood turns more uneasy. If your hand falls, you’re admitting that you…

How Thinking Like a Professional Athlete Can Help You Become a Power Player

On the surface, professional sports looks like a completely different world than the one you inhabit in the office. If you look deeper, however, you’ll find the two share plenty of commonalities: a demanding schedule, fierce competition, and unrelenting pressure to excel. To thrive in their super-charged environment, elite athletes rely on a host of mind-training tricks, most of which work as well in business as they do on the playing field. If you want to win big in the boardroom, the three athlete-approved lessons below are the perfect place to start. Be Fearless Even when the odds are stacked against them, athletes are always in it to win it. It’s tougher to place first when you think of yourself as a solid third, so…

Combating the Fear of Acceptance

A few weeks ago, I had occasion to catch up with a coworker I’ve known for 10 or 15 years now. We don’t talk as much as we used to and it was good to hear from her; good to learn of all that was going on in her corner of the working world. Then she relayed the story of what had made her think of me - what had made her call. It seems that while traveling with an ex-coworker of mine, a man I haven’t known all that long, but have shared projects with, he gave her the impression that he didn’t value my contributions much. I’m sorry to report that it really put a hole in my day. For the better part of...

Avoid Burnout with these Actionable Steps

Avoid Work Burnout There comes a time in everyone’s work life when they consider a career change. Perhaps they feel stuck in one industry, or feel burned out from the past decade of work. So what can you do today to relieve some of the stress felt when considering a career change? How to Know Knowing when you’re ready for a career change can be challenging decision to make. There are times when work can just going through a slump and your unhappiness can dissipate shortly. But there are also times when you are completely burned out and need to make a change for your sanity’s sake. When work life begins to interfere with your personal life and creates an unhappy mental state, it may…

Stop Multitasking

Do you take pride in your ability to multitask? It turns out that it’s not that uncommon (I recently saw it included on a resume as a skill!). Stepping back, I suppose I can understand the desire to do several things at once. That’s like superpower stuff. Unfortunately, one look around the office or on the sidewalks outside tells a different story. It seems that everywhere you look these days you notice people texting and checking emails as they walk, barely avoiding walking into things or one another. Ever tried to have a conversation with someone at the same time they are texting or reading an email? It’s frustrating and inefficient. When you think you’re multitasking, you’re more accurately engaging in serial tasking: quickly shifting…

6 Ways of Living More Mindfully

Slow Down – Often our lives are filled with event after event. Meeting after meeting. Errand after errand. We are running here and there, and doing this and that and often forget the little things which just makes our day just that much harder. Whether it’s a report at work, or a bag at the grocery, things always seem to slip through the cracks. One method to avoid letting these things slip through the cracks is to slow down. Spending an extra 15 minutes in the office to tidy up, or organize your notes, or even clean out the mini-fridge may seem frivolous, but it could be during that time that you realized you forgot to email a client back or you come up with…

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