Embracing Change: Mindfulness and Mentalism in Our Professional Lives
As a coach and mentor, I’ve had the privilege of guiding many through the ups and downs of their professional journeys. Today, I want to share insights on two concepts that, while seemingly different, can significantly enhance our work and personal lives: mindfulness and mentalism.
Mindfulness: The Art of Being Present
Mindfulness is about being fully present in the moment. In a world where multitasking is the norm, mindfulness encourages us to slow down and focus on the here and now. It’s about observing our thoughts and surroundings without judgment. In the workplace, this could mean being fully engaged in a meeting without the distraction of thinking about the next task on your agenda.
Mentalism: The Power of Thought
Mentalism, in contrast, is about the power of our thoughts in shaping our reality. It’s a reminder that our mindset can influence our experiences and outcomes. In a professional setting, this might involve maintaining a positive outlook on a challenging project, believing in its successful completion even when obstacles arise.
The Intersection and Balance
While mindfulness roots us in the present, mentalism gears us towards the future. The key is to find a balance. Being mindful helps us handle stress and maintain clarity, while mentalism drives us to achieve our goals and shape our destiny.
“This Too Shall Pass”: A Reminder of Impermanence
Central to balancing these concepts is the understanding that everything is temporary. “This Too Shall Pass” is a powerful phrase that brings perspective. Whether you’re celebrating a big win or navigating a tough phase, this phrase is a reminder of life’s constant ebb and flow.
Practical Steps to Incorporate These Concepts
1. Daily Mindfulness Practice: Start your day with a five-minute mindfulness exercise. It could be a simple breathing technique or a full-body scan meditation. This practice helps set a tone of presence for your day.
2. Positive Affirmations: Incorporate mentalism by using positive affirmations. Begin your workday by affirming your abilities and the successful outcome of your projects.
3. Reflective Journaling: End your day by journaling. Reflect on the day’s events, noting how “This Too Shall Pass” played out in various scenarios. This helps in acknowledging the transient nature of both challenges and successes.
4. Mindful Breaks: During your workday, take short breaks to practice mindfulness. A few minutes of stepping away from your desk and focusing on your breath or surroundings can significantly boost your focus and productivity.
5. Visualization Techniques: Spend a few minutes visualizing your goals. Imagine the successful completion of your projects. This mentalism practice helps in creating a positive mindset towards achieving your goals.
Incorporating these practices into your daily routine can create a profound shift in how you perceive and react to situations in your professional life. Remember, the balance of mindfulness and mentalism, coupled with the understanding that “This Too Shall Pass,” can be a powerful toolkit for personal and professional growth.
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Tim HJ Rogers
I help people, teams and organisations set and achieve goals.
Supporting the critical thinking and creating the resources and environment for success.
ICF Trained Coach | MBA Management Consultant | Prince2 Project Manager, Agile Scrum Master | AMPG Change Practitioner | Mediation Practitioner | BeTheBusiness Mentor | 4 x GB Gold Medalist
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