Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the practice of deliberately paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and senses without judgment.
- You are focusing your attention on the present moment.
- You are experiencing your life as you live it directly through all your five senses.
- You have a conscious awareness of your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and surroundings.
- You are living in the moment.
Benefits of Mindfulness
There are several benefits of mindfulness. First and foremost, mindfulness is a key piece for happiness. It helps you appreciate the joys in life as they occur. Practicing mindfulness also bolsters many attitudes, thoughts, and feelings that contribute to happiness. You can train your mind to observe your thoughts, feelings, and sensations with a new positive perspective to create a happiness mindset.
Benefits of mindfulness typically fall into two main categories:
- Physical well-being
- Mental well-being
Improves Physical well-being
Mindfulness techniques help improve your physical health in several ways including:
- reducing stress
- lowering blood pressure
- reducing chronic pain
- Improving immune system
- improving sleep
One of the main reason people practice mindfulness is for stress reduction. When you are mindful, you are living in the moment and not thinking about the future and its uncertainties. By focusing on the here and now, you find that you are less likely to get caught up in the concerns about the future or regrets over the past.
One of the main contributors to high blood pressure is stress. Therefore, by reducing stress can lower your blood pressure.
Mindfulness not only helps you reduce stress, but it can also help you get a better night’s sleep.
Often times at night, you may lay in bed with thoughts racing through your head. Mindfulness techniques can quiet the mind and induce a relaxation response.
Improves Mental Well-being
Mindfulness techniques help improve your mental health in several ways including:
- Heightens your level of awareness
- Allows you to experience the present moment
- Allows you to experience calmness and peacefulness
- Allows you to be in harmony with your being
- Fosters contentment
- Increases self-awareness
- Allows for self-development
- Increases concentration and focus
- Regulates and creates balance in emotions
Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures in life as they occur. You are focused on the here and the now. You are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past. You also become less preoccupied with concerns about possible successes and failures.
Increases Focus and Concentration
Mindfulness helps increase your ability to focus your attention and reduce distracting stimuli. You learn to become fully engaged in activities and not be distracted by other thoughts or concerns.
Mindfulness helps us tune out distractions and allows you to really objectively analyze yourself.
Better Regulates Your Emotions
By practicing mindfulness, you become less emotionally reactive. You learn to stay calm and to be more receptive than reactive.
Mindfulness is a great technique to help you understand and deal with your emotions in healthy ways. It allows you to learn how your mind works. You are able to recognize and understand the thoughts and feeling you are having. That allows you are better control them instead of allowing them to overpower you and dictate your behavior.
Mindfulness allows you change your typical responses by taking a moment and consciously choosing how to act or respond to the world around you. A simple breathing exercise can stop your hasty reaction and allow time for more appropriate response.
Performance Improvement Process
Performance improvement is a process involving a series of steps. Each step is an essential piece for reaching the desired performance outcome. The first step is to determine your desired levels of performance. The next set of steps involve measuring and analyzing the performance to determine what is needed to achieve the desired performance. That segment is followed up by setting goals and creating a plan for performance improvement. The final set of steps involve monitoring and evaluating the performance then making the necessary adjustments.
About the Performance Improvement Process
Most people and organizations only implement a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) when an individual is not performing up to the minimum set of standards required for that position. This approach suggests that no other individuals need to improve his or her performance. Therefore, as long as a person’s performance is meeting the minimum standards, they do not need to improve. This philosophy leaves much improvement and increased efficiencies up to chance. We believe every individual should follow a Performance Improvement plan so they can systematically enhance their skills and improve their performance.
Our Performance Improvement Section
Our Performance Improvement section outlines the improvement process and offers various tools, guides, and strategies to help you analyze performance, create a plan for improving, and measure results. These tools should not only be used for those whom may struggle, but for anyone looking to maximize his or her performance.
A person should continuously look for ways to develop his or her skills, abilities, and competencies to enhance his or her performance. Through effective skill enhancement, you become more capable, competent, and confident in yourself and your performance, and are better able to reach your goals.
Skill Enhancement Plan
A skill Enhancement Plan is essential for consciously improving your skills and is most effective when it is connected to your goals. Therefore, you should first set your goals then determine which skills need to be addressed in order to reach those goals. By linking skill enhancement to long-term goals, you will help ensure the motivation and desire is there to build that skill.
Our Skill Enhancement Programs
Our Skill Enhancement section offers reference information about various skills designed to for personal growth and to help improve performance. This section is intended to provide information and insight into skills that affect performance are vital to personal growth. The series in divided into two main sections:
- Interpersonal Skills
- Personal Effectiveness
Interpersonal Skills focuses on relationships and interactions with others. It includes how to communicate and work with others, as well as how to lead others.
Personal Effectiveness centers on skills that can be applied independent of other people. It includes skills such as goal setting, problem solving, time management, and stress management.
Both sections hones in on specific skills such as leadership, team building, time management, decision making, problem solving, and change management. Each skill has it own section with information designed to guide the learner and provide insight into enhancing that particular skill.
Our Personal Effectiveness Series centers on skills that can be applied independent of other people. These are skills designed to enhance a person’s overall effectiveness at performing tasks, but can develop without the dependency of others.
Personal Effectiveness skills are essential to personal growth and for successful performances. They are not isolated to independent performance. Whether a person is performing independently or on a team they need to have a strong set of personal skills.
Our Personal Effectiveness series is designed to provide strategies and give insight into behaviors and attitudes that can help an individual organize tasks, manage time, and manage themselves. These personal effectiveness skills include personal goal setting, time management, problem solving, and emotional intelligence.
Interpersonal Skills are those abilities, attitudes, and competencies centered on relationships and interactions with other people. These skills can enhance a person’s ability to communicate with, understand, and motivate both individuals and groups.
Interpersonal skills are becoming more and more a necessity in business, sports and education. Development of the interpersonal skills is a key goal of many business and team initiatives. Good interpersonal skills are often a prerequisite for many positions in an organization.
Through our Interpersonal Skill Builder, we provide strategies and insight that can enhance a person’s ability effectively create behaviors that can influence and motivate with others. Our series include such skills as Leadership, team building, Change Management, and Conflict Resolution.