mind·ful·ness ˈmīn(d)f(ə)lnəs/ noun | noun: mindfulness
1.the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
2.a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
In today’s world, there are hundreds and thousands of distractions pulling our attention away from reality and into another realm. There is television, advertisements, people-watching, telephones, social media, etc. The practice of being mindful seems tougher than ever before. You will have to be present and live in the moment. For entrepreneurs, this skill is a must. Just ask our successful predecessors! Are you looking to take responsibility for your career growth? Then, keep reading!
When practicing mindfulness, you will appreciate things differently and place more value on the things you did not think twice about before. Where you might have not been fully engaged during a coffee date or your weekly call with your mom, now you will notice little details that will make you smile and feel the warmth. Mindfulness helps you notice the things that you once overlooked and allows you to focus on the things that matter.
Sounds peaceful, right? It is! Once you start practicing mindfulness you will notice a whole shift in mentality and energy. The Jacobs Marketing Solutions team knows that this is exactly what you up and coming entrepreneurs are in need of currently. So, where to begin? A lot of people say that the best way to start is to focus on breathing. This is a simple technique that will help you reconnect with your own thoughts and values. Now, the goal is to try to not let your mind wander. We know this is not easy and can be mentally exhausting and overwhelming. So, take it slow. Schedule fifteen minutes into your daily schedule where you sit alone, close your eyes, and breathe.
Mindfulness is about letting go of your past and being present. As business leaders, we understand how difficult it can be to let go of your past mistakes, but it is important that you realize that each mistake is a new chance to learn and grow. When you embrace your past and practice mindfulness, you will notice that you are able to have a stronger impact with your team and that you are able to expand your circle of influence. This is because you are developing yourself into a strong leader that radiates confidence, knowledge, and experience.
Mindfulness may sound a little out of the box for some, but our team at Jacobs Marketing Solutions challenges you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a shot. On top of the perks that we listed above, being mindful of your actions and your thoughts is also a sure-fire way to support your physical and mental health. The goal: to help you take control of your life and to give you the tools needed to succeed personally and professionally. Now, take a seat, turn off the ringer on your phone, close your eyes, and take a breath!