18th Aug , 2017

In today’s modern, busy and stress-ridden corporate culture, management are increasingly realizing that the old adage

In today's modern, busy and stress-ridden corporate culture, management are increasingly realizing that the old adage of "Leave your problems at home" is not a realistic approach to employee well-being and productivity. All it tends to do is cause people to bury their problems, ignore their stresses and, as a result, wind up having far more physical and mental health related issues. This, then, ultimately leads to increased absenteeism, health costs and poor over-all morale with decreasing  roductivity. As a result, companies are turning away from the traditional modes that once underscored the corporate atmosphere and putting more effort into helping employees find fulfillment in their personal lives. The stark reality is that unless a person is fulfilled in his or her personal life, they will not be able to perform their jobs to their fullest potential.

Fifty years ago, you would have been laughed at if you mentioned the idea of helping employees find personal fulfillment. Your personal life was expected to be kept at home and you were expected to do your job regardless of your troubles. Times have changed, however. The amount of stress among the public is at an all-time high. Companies eventually evolved to realize that it is impossible to dissociate oneself from one's problems. This is why the recent cover story of Time Magazine was all about Mindfulness. Rooted in Eastern philosophy, the idea of going within to solve our problems is now taking hold in the corporate world.

The Buddhists have a saying that, during meditation, you should, "Stare back at your thoughts". Doing so allows a person to develop a sense of awareness of the thoughts which populate their minds. In essence, the whole point of this is to teach people to understand their mind, thoughts and emotions and the relationships among them. The science behind human well-being is actually quite simple. If someone is stressed, they need to quiet themselves, quiet their mind and become aware of those repeated
negative thought patterns which keep popping up and causing stress and anxiety. Once someone is aware of their thinking patterns, this is called Emotional Intelligence, abbreviated as EI. EI is about learning which thoughts plaque your mind negatively, and then pivoting to a better thought. Doing so changes one's perspective as well as the emotions experienced.
I am getting more and more calls from companies asking me to teach this to their personnel. But this actually should be learned by everyone. We create our conditions in life– good or bad– as a result of our belief systems. We can either allow these belief systems to rule our lives, or we can choose to change those systems and take control.

Like any skill, it takes time, practice and commitment. Like those who join a gym and stop going after two months, the same can be said for those who learn mindfulness and give up. Giving up is really a giving-in to your own habits of thinking over which you ultimately have complete control (assuming a normal, healthy functioning mind). The road to the joy, fulfillment and happiness everyone wants is not paved with things in the material world. It is paved internally. I've practiced this now for a decade. It is as much a
mental habit for me now as any learned skill. Anyone can do the same. I highly
recommend it for everyone. Take control over your life. Take responsibility for all things.

Identify which thoughts in your mind do what and raise your EI. You don't have to wait
for your employer to bring it to you.

COLLECTION OF THOUGHTS BY BRIAN HAGGERTY

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