Notice each time you feel rushed, anxious or overwhelmed. Try to develop an awareness of it throughout the day and catch it soon.
When feeling rushed, catch yourself and pause. Then relax with what you feel, focus on the task at hand and enjoy it.
When you feel anxious, notice your mental habit of letting anxiety carry you off into a chain reaction of worry. Pause, relax with what you feel, and then trust that you can handle the uncertainty at hand.
When feeling overwhelmed, notice your mental habit of thinking of being able to do your obligations. Pause, relax with what you feel and tackle one task at a time, breathing and enjoying each.
Your day-to-day activities offer ample opportunities to call up mindfulness in any moment. These simple practices will breathe space into your daily routines. How often have you rushed out the door and into your day without even thinking about how you'd like things to go?
The practice of mindfulness meditation promotes self-awareness and the ability to direct your attention; you can then apply the mindful attention you develop in meditation to life and leadership. The practice begins with concentration and observation. To observe is to notice and examine dispassionately-without judgment or interpretation.
Modern leadership depends on relationships. Meaningful relationships emerge when you know and understand each other. Observing others is essential for effective communication, interpersonal skills, influencing people, managing group dynamics, and getting buy-in.