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Not Fixing Your Mind In a Position

Not Fixing Your Mind In a Position - more effective than being "positive"

Mindfulness practices help make better decisions in business and in life.

Excerpt from a leading business book: "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't" by Jim Collins

"Like much of what we found in our research, the key elements of greatness are deceptively simple and straightforward. The good-to-great leaders were able to strip away so much noise and clutter and just focus on the few things that would have the greatest impact. They were able to do so in large part because they operated from both sides of the Stockdale Paradox, never letting one side overshadow the other. If you are able to adopt this dual pattern, you will dramatically increase the odds of making a series of good decisions and ultimately discovering a simple, yet deeply insightful, concept for making the really big choices. And once you have that simple, unifying concept, you will be very close to making a sustained transition to breakthrough results." (read more for free)

Here's a 2 minute audio for you on the Stockdale Paradox - an observation on who survived in war-time captivity, and who did not. Please listen then return here

Do you see how mindfulness training supports these capabilities? You are training nonjudgmental awareness of all perspectives.

Fixing the mind in a position of optimism or pessimism denies the whole picture. As does fixing one's mind on control or no-control. Or nice person, not nice person. How does one hold both possibilities simultaneously? It is no better to oscillate between the two views, where there would be an inner war going on inside. Hold both views simultaneously. A unifying view.

Practice in mindfulness opens you to an awareness that is larger than, or more primary than, either view. That awareness is more true to reality and helpful.

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