What does it take to improve performance? Why would you need to?
No matter how good you are at what you do, work today can be difficult. The operating speed of work in the modern world is often draining and stressful.
This type of stress can make it hard to do your best work.
So, what can you do to keep up?
You can use mindfulness to improve performance.
What is Mindfulness?
Before we look at how you can use mindfulness to improve performance, lets quickly discuss what mindfulness is.
Mindfulness is paying attention to what’s happening to you in the present. It’s being aware of what you’re doing, right now.
How Can Practicing Mindfulness Improve Performance?
When it comes to productivity, there is no substitute for focus. Mindfulness is the process of paying attention.
This process helps you maintain your focus on what you are doing right now. Now, as you focus on only the task at hand, your productivity shoots through the roof.
3 Ways to Use Mindfulness to Improve Performance
The following are three ways in which mindfulness can help you achieve both a better quality of life and improve your performance at work.
One of the biggest obstacles to productivity is stress.
Studies have found that when people are stressed, their performance is severely affected. In fact, when stress becomes too intense, it can paralyze you.
Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness is extremely helpful in fighting stress. As you practice mindfulness, your stress hormone, cortisol, levels decrease.
Additionally, practicing mindfulness decreases your resting heart rate and lowers your blood pressure. This can improve your overall heart health.
One study showed a 50% decrease in heart attack risk for people practicing mindfulness over a five-year period.
Mindfulness Improves Self-Awareness
When you practice mindfulness, you become more aware of what your mind is telling you. This is especially powerful for changing a negative mindset.
A negative mindset is usually a result of negative self-talk. As you become more aware of what your mind is saying, you can reprogram your self-talk to be more positive and nurturing. This will help you feel better. It will also improve your mood.
Here’s what’s key.
People always perform better when they feel better.
Mindfulness Improves Problem Solving
Stress is one of the biggest barriers to high-performance. We already looked at how practicing mindfulness helps to decrease stress. This makes performing at a higher level easier.
Mindfulness also improves problem-solving and mental performance in stressful situations.
In one study, students who practiced mindfulness before an exam performed better than students who didn’t. Other studies have found similar results.
Using Mindfulness to Improve Performance is Simple
Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere. It is simply taking the time to pay attention to what you are doing, right now.
This is why using mindfulness to improve performance is simple.
As you continue to pay attention you are exercising your mind. Like any exercise, what you exercise gets stronger the longer you continue.
Now you find focusing your mind comes easier.
You stay focused for longer periods of time.
Your work becomes better.
You work through problems faster.
This, by definition, is improved performance.
Not only that, you can free yourself of stress. This can make your life healthier. It can also make it more joyful.
Start dedicating a few minutes every day to practicing mindfulness. In a short while you will begin enjoying a calmer and more productive life.
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