As a business coach, I ask my clients, "Have you ever had any of these
~ You drive home from work and then don't remember how you got
~ You sit through a meeting or business coaching session and can't
account for what happened in the meeting, the outcome or the
~ You read a book to your child or grandchild and can't recall what
the book was about.
~ You work out and have so much mind chatter that you're not even
sure what muscles you were working.
~ You have a conversation with a colleague and miss the important
undercurrents of that discussion because your mind was elsewhere.
~ You give a presentation and miss the impact you're having on the
audience because you're too busy wondering, "How am I doing as a
~ You have an argument, and you're so busy proving your point, you
miss the others' points completely AND any opportunity for
~ You go home at night and spend time with your family, only to
think about everything that happened at work today and what's
about to happen tomorrow.
Sound familiar? Perhaps the better business coaching question,
instead of "Have you ever experienced any of these?" is: "Have you
experienced any of these things today?"
We're talking about presence. Being PRESENT is defined as "existing
or being in the time occurring NOW."
I work with business coaching clients on several kinds of presence:
"Leader's Presence", "Emotional and Mental Presence" and "Physical
Presence." It's essential to pay attention to all three in order to be
aware of your impact, create intentional impact and be present to
your life. Because if you're not present to your life, what is the point?
Truly. Think about that. IF YOU ARE NOT PRESENT TO YOUR LIFE -
WHAT IS THE POINT?
We're given the beautiful gift of life, relationships, family, work we can
love, health, emotions, the ability to make an impact, gain work/life
balance and so much more. We could go through our days with our
minds in other places, missing all the beautiful gifts of the moment,
wishing we were an hour, a day or a week ahead. We could yearn to
be somewhere other than where we are NOW. Or we can go through
our lives, each day, conscious of each moment - easy or hard,
stressful or peaceful, mundane or exhilarating.
When we are fully present, we experience LIFE. We can see more
clearly what has to happen. We can see the truth about the moment.
We can see the truth about our impact. We can fully feel our feelings:
joy, anger, sadness or excitement. We are present.
It is from this place that life happens. It is in this place we actually
can find authentic emotions, and ultimately peace, in the moment.
It is in this place that we can better identify, as leaders in our own
lives, what needs to happen next.
Field Work Challenge: This month, notice when you're present in
the moment and when you're not. Do you find it challenging to
stay present 100% of the time? Most of us do. So, no big deal, just
notice the impact.
What do you miss out on when your mind is multi-tasking? On
what relationships and connections do you miss out? What
opportunities are lost? What shifts for you when you are present
to your life? What do you realize needs to be 'cleaned up' when
you are present? What shifts when you walk through your day
fully awake? Fully engaged?
When you notice you've lost presence, 'recover' and come back
to the moment. It's actually that simple. Enjoy your month.
Savor your life. DARE to fully engage.