Being where your feet are! (the art of Presence)
In today's world, people seem to be in such a hurry, moving at light-speed, multi-tasking with cell phones, blackberry’s, day timers, ect...
It is said that, wherever you go, there you are! Yet, how present are you at any given time and place? Many people appear in body, but little else. It’s as if their minds and energy are miles away. We encounter so many people in our daily lives that appear to be present. However, their minds and attention are often elsewhere. How often do you experience only getting somebody’s partial attention, because in their minds they are back at the office, home with the kids, still in that meeting, thinking of the next task to be completed, or in a number of other places. Don’t get marked as “Missing in Action” by only being present in body.In today’s world, people seem to be in such a hurry, moving at light-speed, multi-tasking with cell phones, blackberry’s, day timers, and with the daily grind of life itself. Take a breath and think about this for a moment. What do your clients, friends, and family, really want? I have found time and again that what they want is the same thing I want, to be heard, understood, and cared about. To do this, you must be Present! Not just in body, but in your total Being! I was taught many years ago that “people won’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”! Help the person that you are with feel connected and important. Show them you care. Treat them as if they’re the most important person in the world. Your undivided attention will not only go along way, but will demonstrate to the people your with that you are truly a good person, and not just a person with good intentions. There is no substitute for connection and being present. The rewards we reap are endless. People will walk away after an interaction with you and over time won’t remember what you said, but they will remember how they felt in your presence.
Today, go out into the world and be mindful of every interaction you involve yourself in. Make it a point to be fully engaged in that interaction. See how it works. Explore the outcome for yourself. Draw your own conclusions. Have fun!