Over the holidays I read the book,10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, by Dan Harris. There’s also a podcast and an app by the same name and with the same intention: to get all of us meditating.
I read the book because I had recommended it to one of my coaching clients and she liked it. In full disclosure, I hadn’t read it when I suggested it, but I was transparent about that detail. Since my client liked it, I thought I should catch up.
I am a meditator, sometimes — not always. Sometimes I’m able to tame the “monkey mind.” Sometimes not. Thus I do not meditate consistently every day.
My one-word mantra for 2020 is “consistency.” I recognize that I am a work in progress. So are you. It’s part of what makes us human beings.
Dan Harris is a correspondent for ABC News, a former anchor for Nightline, and co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. In my opinion, he is also a cynic and a talented writer. In the book, Harris shares his path toward creating his own meditation practice and the skepticism he experienced along the way.
Here are just a few takeaways from the book:
- Meditation has many health benefits.
- Meditation will make you less reactive and more approachable.
- Many people you respect in all kinds of industries are benefiting from meditation.
- You can meditate.
- All it takes is a willingness and being still.
- The act of stillness is meditation.
Before I read the book, I already had compiled a list of some of my favorite online meditations, if it is helpful to get you started: http://karensnyder.com/services/participants-only/ — the magic code word is “meditation.”
One of my mentors told me, “It’s easy to be zen when you live in a monastery with other peace-loving friends, focusing on bringing serenity to the world. The true test is when you wake up at 5am to a screeching alarm, step on dog vomit on your way out of bed, endure a horrid commute, and open your computer to 43 urgent emails at the start of the day.”
All of us can benefit from meditation. If you feel you are too busy to start meditating, or too unfocused, or too important, this blog is for you. Let me know how it goes.
During this time of New Year’s resolutions, there’s a proven strategy that is more successful than creating a long list of goals and resolutions.
It’s the one word commitment.
The technique is simple: instead of traditional resolutions, choose just one word as your objective. The rationale is that one word will help you focus and can be easily remembered throughout the year.
I invite you to throw out pages of goals this year, and instead focus on just one word. My one word for 2020 is consistency. What is yours?
It’s the time of year when we think about ghosts and goblins, spiders and bats.
Last Friday night, I attended a concert at the Naval Academy with my husband Bill, daughter Katie, and her friend Isabel. I was supposed to be scared by the ominous music, the eerie decorations, and the actors who jumped out and startled people.
While I did get a jolt from all of that and it was great fun, I was more frightened by the workplace issues that I had encountered over the previous week. Yes, there are workplace issues that scare me even more than a random fake bat unexpectedly flying out of nowhere.
Do you have any of the following issues going on at your workplace?
- A board that is apathetic about the internal workings of the organization and acts as though the culture of the organization isn’t their problem
- Customers or vendors who make comments that are disparaging or abusive
- A CEO or senior leader with an anger-management problem who bullies and intimidates employees
- An employee who steals product or supplies from the company and acts like it’s the norm
- Staff members who routinely miss meetings, aren’t prepared, or do not add value to the company or the bottom line
- Colleagues who make suggestive or inappropriate comments, creating an uncomfortable work environment
- Deadlines that are so aggressive that it’s impossible to meet them
- Employees who don’t receive coaching, training, or anything to improve, yet remain in the organization for 5,10, 20 years
- Peers who are so stressed and tightly wound and their reactions so intense, that you are scared to confer with them
Workplace issues don’t just impact the bottom line; they create stress and anxiety for workers. What workplace issues scare you?
Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” If you are aware of any of the above, and you aren’t scared out of your Halloween costume, you should be!