Last week, we talked about leading with your heart, but how does this work in the corporate world? In professions?
Yes, you have corporate missions, strategies, goals and targets to meet yet behind them all are people: people who have lives and who may be going through difficult situations. Whether we like it or not, we bring our lives with us to our job and it colours how we see our day and it also effects how we interact with others. We may not even be aware we are doing this. One of the exercises I’ve used in my workshops over the past year or so is to get you to do a check in.
So, let’s check in right now. Take note of what you’re experiencing – it may be a sensation, emotion, or a simple awareness of something. Things come up as happy, frustrated, cold, achy, sad, or as neck tension. To do this properly, close your eyes and do an inner scan of your body. Once something pops into your head, do not judge it, just write it down.
So close your eyes and check-in. Did you write it down?
Bring that to your awareness. How is this ____ colouring your day? Is it something that needs to change for you to be fully present and effective? What do you need to do to change it? Because deep down, you do know what that is.
I suggest that you do this check-in a few times per day:
i) as you start your day
ii) prior to and after lunch
iii) prior to a meeting or at the end of your day.
If you are experiencing something that might not be productive, perhaps it’s time to learn a new strategy to turn it around like calming breaths, fresh air, meditation, visualization, a glass of water, or even going for a walk.
I’m happy to lend some help if you’re stuck, just let me know