If you are depressed, you are in the past.
If you are anxious, you are in the future.
If you are at peace, you are in the present.
I came across this quote the other day and in resonated with me. So simple in its construction, yet so poignant. The tendency in business today, seems to be that:
We are constantly trying to think two or three steps ahead of where we are at, that we subsequently become consumed with anxiety in anticipation for what is to come.
We dwell on past misgrievances and things that are no longer in our control, that we become depressed and distant with those around us in the process.
Thus it becomes quite easy to forget to just stop and appreciate the present at any given point.
While these tendencies can seem to affect those in a leadership position more frequently than others, by no means is it to say that some, if not all staff within your organisation can feel this way at any given point in time. Business is fast paced and demands are high on all staff. There is pressure on everyone to perform in order to hold on to their jobs. In saying that, our minds can be cruel masters as they run rampant and go out of control.
Effective leadership has the leaders of your organisation providing an environment and tools, whereby staff can be in the present (if only for 5-10min a day), that allows them to suddenly think clearer and block out the hectic noise and thoughts that consume their headspace. Staff that have the ability to think clearer, are proven to produce more creative and efficient results, than those who are not given the opportunity.
Instigate a mandatory 10min meditation period in your office (here is a link for a great mediation track). If you are in charge of a team, action this daily ritual for a month and watch how it impacts on employee motivation and awareness. More often than not staff would waste at least 10min a day day-dreaming. Take that potentially wasted time and make it beneficial to your staff, overall productivity and your organisation. I think you maybe surprised by the results.