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Entries from April 2016

Be Mindful of Your Anxiety

April 23rd, 2016 · Comments

Anxiety is a peculiarly human condition, a worry about something that has not happened and might not ever happen, and yet something that is having an uncomfortable influence on you in the present moment. Since anxiety is a state of worry about something in the future, the only resolutions also seem to be in the future and therefore out of reach.

Yet, paradoxically, you can practice being mindful of being anxious. Begin to build your mindfulness muscles with something relatively minor, something you don't like but don't fear, something that makes you mildly anxious. And as you focus on that experience, allow part of your attention to be guided through focused attention on your experience. 

Listen for less than ten minutes and discover how mindfulness transforms anxiety.
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Tags: calm · anxiety · mindfulness

Leading starts with knowing what you want others to do

April 10th, 2016 · Comments

How do you get other people to do the things you want them to do? Leading begins with your ability to be sure you're asking for the right thing. Use this short exercise (about 6 minutes) to think through something specific that you want a particular person to do. Think systematically about what you are asking, what it will feel like to the person you are influencing, and how your situation and connection will shift when you are successful in getting this person to do this thing.

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Tags: leading · influence