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Mindfulness can create resilience and harmony in life to enhance perseverance through our greatest challenges as a manager.  

If I were to ask you whether you find life challenging due to your busy schedule, the chaotic world we live in, judgment from in-laws, or the harshest critic being yourself, along with the constant influx of information causing agitation and fatigue, you might agree that these factors can occasionally leave us feeling flustered. 

But what if we were to make this journey easier, more palatable, easier to digest, and even more satisfying including more positive moments and emotions along the way?  

6 Aspects of Mindfulness for Perseverance to Empower Managers

My life has been rewarded with some of the greatest challenges I could have asked for.  

Running my own business in the construction industry and the rocky road to divorce… twice.  

Why was it a reward? It’s because we learn more from losing than we can from winning.  

My learnings from that time had me reaching for answers from the thought leaders of our time and one such teacher was Jon Kabat- Zinn.  

He was the man that coined the term, mindfulness and I would like to share with you 6 aspects of mindfulness that I believe can help with day-to-day stressors, and how to keep going with a lighter and brighter outlook.  

1. Awareness 

This step is the cornerstone of mindfulness. By taking the time to become aware of our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations we can recognise when we feel frustration, self-doubt, or resistance to difficulties thereby allowing us to choose how we want to carry ourselves through a task or a situation. Life happens for you, not to you.  

2. Acceptance 

Mindfulness encourages an attitude of acceptance toward our present circumstances, including the challenges and difficulties that arise. Rather than resisting or avoiding these challenges, we can learn to accept them as part of our current experience. 

3. Non-judgment 

Mindfulness involves observing thoughts, emotions, and sensations without judgment or self-criticism. By adopting a non-judgmental stance, we can avoid getting caught up in negative self-talk or self-defeating beliefs, which can quickly derail perseverance. This also helps in detaching from judgemental people’s perception of you—which is massive! 

4. Self-compassion 

Mindfulness helps us adopt self-compassion, which involves treating ourselves with kindness and understanding in the face of setbacks or difficulties. Instead of beating yourself up for perceived failures, you can offer yourself support and encouragement, which builds resilience and motivation. Be your own cheer team! 

5. Focus and concentration 

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation or deep breathing, can create greater focus and concentration. By training the mind to stay present and focused, we can better direct our attention towards the task at hand, increasing the ability to persevere through challenges. Find a flow state in the single focus attention for something you love to do at work or play.  

6. Patience 

Mindfulness teaches us to cultivate patience, understanding that perseverance is a process that takes time. Rather than expecting immediate results or quick fixes, we can develop a patient attitude towards our goals and the steps required to achieve them. Patience is easy to practice day in and day out with things like opening doors for people longer than expected and finding peace in traffic by combining the many aspects of mindfulness along with patience.   

By incorporating mindfulness into our approach toward perseverance through life at work or in the home, we can develop a resilient mindset, overcome obstacles more effectively, and maintain a sense of purpose and determination even in difficult circumstances.  

This guest blog has been written by Peter Schupp. He is the founder of the GAIM ON app, podcast, and system of wellness. GAIM ON is a positive journaling tool that you can share with your friends.  Find your way to Win the Day with GAIM ON! To know more about Peter Schupp, you may get in touch with him through his email: peter@gaimon.com.au or visit their website www.gaimon.com.au.