Discovering Mindfulness: Lessons that have changed me personally and professionally

Discovering Mindfulness: Lessons that have changed me personally and professionally

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it. The energy you put out into the universe will come back to you. Whether it is good or bad, it will come back in some way, shape or form. I’m a firm believer in this. There is no way the world around us doesn’t play into our everyday lives.

Over time you begin to feel yourself go in a direction that you know is right, and that started for me back in October. Change is hard but is a thing you can rely on. If you can’t move with the change then you’ll get stuck. You’ll be constantly wondering why things aren’t going in the right direction for you and you’ll think it’s something else, when really it is you. And I know that’s true because I lived it.

There are certain situations that I have lived that I want to share. They have changed my outlook and have made me grow into a confident person. I hope they can do the same for you. Some of them are professional and some of them are personal, but you can learn from them all.

 

Take every situation as an opportunity for growth. Personally and professionally.

This one should be a no brainer. But when you are fresh out of school, or you are stuck in a rut and can feel yourself not growing, you probably aren’t taking the learnings from every situation and turning it into an opportunity to grow. I take every situation, whether it’s something professional or personal, and think about what went right, what went wrong and what could be done differently for next time. Whether it’s the way you responded to a friend’s text, getting a bad report card or messing up a presentation in front of your manager, take from it what the outcome is. Learn from it. And change it. It’s that simple.

 

Always a collaboration, never a competition.

If you walk into a room full of designers, developers, or business women and men and think to yourself, “These people know more than I do” or “I know more than these people”, you’ve already set yourself up for failure. No really, you have. Because if it’s something I’ve learnt in my professional and personal life, it’s all a collaboration. And when the competition starts, it takes over our bodies, attitudes and vibes and the good work ends. There will always be people who choose the competition over the collaboration and for us who choose differently, we know we will go further and make a larger impact.

 

The energy you put out into the universe, will come back to you.

The other weekend I went over to a friend’s house. I could tell she wasn’t feeling like herself. She broke down to me about how she feels nothing is going right with her job and that she feels stuck. The tears were flowing and her emotions were high. I told her everything will work out but you have to believe it will for it to come true. You need, and I emphasize, NEED to put out that good energy into the world in order to make change. Good things happen to those who feel it and radiate good through their bones, their words and their actions. And when we feel like it isn’t coming back, just know it will.

 

You are responsible for the energy you bring into the room.

I read this somewhere online a year or two back and it’s stuck with me ever since. We’ve all been sitting in a room with someone who doesn’t want to be there, someone who walks into a meeting with a negative vibe. You can feel it right away. What we need to remember is we are responsible for that energy. Our energy affects others. Being in tune with ourselves is very important. This translates professionally and personally.

 

Feel your emotions.

A lovely co-worker told me this one. When I was feeling sad and lonely (see my previous blog post) I reached out to a co-worker and her piece of advice was simple yet shocking. Just let yourself feel the emotion, don’t push it away. We can hide from the loneliness, we can run from fear. But what good will that do us. Feeling everything makes you a stronger person and helps you understand more about who you are and makes you become in touch with your emotions. Feel it and learn the feeling. It’s scary when you confront it, but when you feel it coming on again, you can fight it away. Feeling stronger when it’s gone.

What have you learnt from that you carry into your professional and personal life? Share with me.

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  • Jan 29th, 2019
    mariahkcg says:

    this reminds me of a quote/affirmation that i love, “i make friends with hindrances and every obstacle becomes a stepping stone. everything in the universe, visible and invisible, is working to bring me to my own.” from florence scovel-shinn. keep up the great content, i’m loving your mindfulness stuff! ❤️

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