When you are with people during the day, how do you control your thoughts? How do you stay focused on the people with whom you are interacting? How do you remain aware of those in front of you, as opposed to the thoughts in your head?

As with anything in life, to get good at something, you need to practice.

Meditation is mental training. The purpose of mental training is to stay relaxed and alert at the same time. Three qualities emerge when the mind is in these states: calmness, clarity and happiness. Meditators demonstrate superior performance over non-meditators on tests of self-regulation, resisting distractions and having the correct answers.

Here are four reasons why meditation allows people who serve others to stand out:

Self-control

Sometimes people may say or do things you do not agree with, but when you practise meditation, it gives you a calm, peacefulness that you can return to when things feel out of control.

Improved concentration

Meditators focus better on their work, and they are more productive. Plus their customers will be pleased at how clear and prompt their service is.

Mental clarity

Meditators have a better ability to make good decisions efficiently.

Emotional intelligence and empathy

Meditators can put themselves in someone else’s shoes, and assess situations with empathy and compassion for another’s perspectives.

In a role where you continually work with people and teams or are serving customers, you are required to give people your full attention. Attention is the secret to concentration and will be helpful for you to self-regulate, resist distractions and ultimately perform at your best professional self.

For those just starting out … and those already on their way … never compromise on your practice of meditation.

Jaquie Scammell

‘Love Being in Service’

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