When was the last time you became so engrossed in what you were doing that you lost track of time? You could have been reading a novel, conversing with a co-worker, or writing a report; any activity that requires focused concentration can lead us there. You’ve already had a taste of this power.
We are in a state of absorbed relaxation when we operate from a sense of our presence. We have a sense of spaciousness or ‘flow’ within us. When we look back, we realize that we were complete ‘there’ and in touch with our best selves.
“ Leadership development is a lifetime journey, not a quick trip ’’ — John C Maxwell
We are right here, right now, when we are present. This is where all of our attention is right now. When we’re in a meeting, we’re focused; we’re not distracted by emails, to-do lists, or other distractions. We keep in touch with what’s going on in the room as well as what’s going on inside of us. We don’t try to control or manipulate others; instead, we give them the space to be themselves, just as we do.
Why is developing presence important?
There are several advantages to cultivating presence, the most important of which is the development of trusting relationships.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff highlights the company’s long-term success to its operating principle of “values create value.” ‘If trust isn’t your highest value, the employees will walk out,’ Benioff says in an interview with Fortune. Customers, investors, and leaders are all walking out, and you’re seeing more of it every day.
Dealing with reactivity is essential. While lashing out at others provides a temporary release of pent-up energy, it pollutes the environment. When we push a button within ourselves, it is an opportunity to pause, reflect, and search within ourselves so that the button loses its charge.
“ Leadership development is self-development’’ — John C Agno
Breathe into this area of your body to help you relax.