When you are mindful, you pay close attention to what is happening around you while enjoying it.
One strategy is to close your eyes and imagine you are on the bank of a river, watching your thoughts as they float by. Some would consider this a type of meditation.
There are several ways to cultivate mindfulness. Paying attention and doing something that needs mental concentration, feeling comfortable and calm, and accepting what is occurring are all a part of the equation.
We are more inclined to be creative and productive when we are mindful. In addition, according to recent studies, daily mindfulness practice helps people be less judgmental and make better decisions.
When our minds are full, we are filled with neither beneficial nor productive thoughts. These are GAFs, which stand for Guilt, Anger, and Fear because they frequently cause us to make poor decisions.
Guilt is something we regret having done or not done. We believe we could have worked harder or demonstrated greater self-control. These are the standards we hold for ourselves.
Anger is the result of what has happened that we don't like. It stems from disappointed expectations, typically of others. Our minds will become more and more occupied with these angry thoughts the more entitled we feel.
Fear results from our preconceived worries and uncertainties about what may go wrong but most likely won't. As a result, FEAR is also known as False Expectations Appearing Real.
How To Stay Present
- Take a proactive approach. Positive activity is the most effective approach to eliminating guilt and boosting confidence. Begin with little steps.
- Avoid becoming a Diva. When you are more receptive to people and ask about what they require to achieve their best, you will notice that your angry, irritated thoughts begin to fade. Be thankful.
- Identify the fear. Recognize it for what it is. Like insecure bullies, they parade around in our minds, trying to scare us. But when we expose them and call them out for what they are, they leave. Likewise, most fears can be avoided if we approach issues with mindfulness.
If you would like to talk about the importance of mindfulness and how it can help you, please schedule a brief call with me.