How will you approach this week… ‘mindful’ or ‘mind full’?

by | Jul 14, 2014 | Uncategorised

Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, too busy, worried… Do you sometimes wish you could stop the bus and get off to catch your breath? Many people live like this every day. We live in an age of distraction and tend to suffer from busy-ness sickness. Yet one of life’s sharpest paradoxes is that your brightest future hinges on your ability to pay attention to the present. So let’s take Key Steps this week to ensure a bright future and…

Be mindful

1.Be in the moment. Instead of worrying about your check-up tomorrow while you have dinner with your family, focus on the here and now — the food, the company, the conversation. While driving, sing or hum along to your favourite CD. In other words, engage your senses and it will assist you to focus your attention on the present moment.

2.Eliminate counterproductive thinking and interruptions. It is critical that we teach ourselves how to focus. Stop thinking about what you’ll eat for dinner during a meeting or allowing yourself to be constantly interrupted while finishing your month end report – it drains you of energy, prevents you giving your best to the current moment and is known to cause heightened anxiety and high blood pressure. It might help you to focus on taking deep breaths and constantly bring your mind and body into the present moment. You don’t have to ‘stop the bus’ to breathe. Breathe right now and continue to practise focused breathing. As a society, we have developed a kind of cultural ADHD that promotes us having full minds (rather than being mindful) so it will take discipline and practise. But start today and before you know it, you’ll have taken enough Key Steps to remain in the present moment and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

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