Mindfulness, Performance and Leadership
I’ve yet to meet a Leader who doesn’t want to improve decision making. We all know it increases the bottom line. I’ve also yet to meet an Executive who wasn’t under time constraints and a constant siege of new data points. Being mindful is easier than you think. And it improves performance in the short and long term. As a meditator for more than 20 years, I can vouch from personal experience. As a President, consultant and facilitator, I can simply say you’d be amazed at how keeping these things in mind can help your business.
Be careful what you see! Watch this video.
Focus, which can be a good thing, can also blind you to important data points. Amazing isn’t it? FACT: a substantial number of people don’t notice a very obvious thing. Why? Focus? It allowed you to achieve your goal. BUT, did your focus stop you from seeing something else that may have been useful for you? As you’re getting ready to make decisions, pause, ask yourself, did I see what I need to in order to make the best decision.
Be aware that beliefs (labels) matter!
Not all milkshakes are the same. In a recent study from Columbia University, two groups were provided the exact same milk shake. One was told it was super high end, high in fat and delicious. The other group was told it was good for you and low calorie. They measured satiety after eating. The group that thought they ate high calorie deliciousness felt 3x more satiated than the other group. Before making big decisions, take a second to ask yourself what beliefs are driving your decision. Are they accurate?
Mind the Gap!
95% of our actions are governed by our subconscious. That can be a good thing. It allows us to move quickly. It also means that 95% of our decisions are governed by our historical experiences. Do you really want the most important business decisions governed by what you learned from the bully on the playground or the first business failure you experienced? Mind the Gap between receiving data and your response to it by pausing, breathing and asking yourself if your initial reaction, driven by your subconscious, is the right one or whether this decision requires additional thinking.
Be aware of the stories you tell yourself.
We all have them. When something goes wrong, we justify it with our story. I didn’t do it because something held me back. I moved quickly because it wasn’t worth the extra time. I didn’t focus on the culture or relationship because I was too busy. Is the story you’re telling yourself accurate? Or is it a story created to justify the decision/outcome. Before making big decisions, pause, ask yourself, is the story I’m telling myself the real story? Or, is it simply to justify something I’m doing?
Mindful decision making increases performance and the top and bottom line. What tools are you using to enhance your decision making?
The voice and stories from this blog originate from the collective wisdom and experiences not just of our team, but with those we were fortunate to learn from.