You’re the creator of your own life

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These words of wisdom come from one of the wisest, and great thinkers of life in history, Buddha. After thousands of years, these words still resonate with us to this day. Mindfulness is important because you’re the creator of your own life.

Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think – Buddha

Being an entrepreneur with a vision is more than just a set of goals that get you from here to there. It’s about creating your entrepreneurial mindset. It is normal to question yourself and who you are, but it is an important question because it can give your life direction and purpose. As an entrepreneur, you have a million things to think about. Customers, employees, bills, products, and deliverables… your day is filled with things that take up space in your mind. Mindfulness is important because it helps create balance among the busy world and can help you pick out what your priorities are.

Creating positive habits

Mindfulness is best practiced regularly, you can think of it like building muscle, the more regularly you exercise, the better your strength will become. Take a moment for yourself. It’s easy to get frustrated when you get distracted but take your time. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked towards it every day; the same is true whilst making new positive habits even your mindfulness practice can be viewed like this. Try a short practice every day. Taking this positive attitude will move you in the right direction.

Here is a quick mindfulness exercise you can do:

Take a seat, get comfortable, and gently close your eyes. Notice thoughts that appear and feelings that are around. Be aware of them and return to your anchor when you become distracted. Mindfulness can be used to identify particular challenges or areas that are troubling for you at the present. Identifying these areas of concern, and the feelings around them, can be helpful in identifying areas of change you wish to make in your life. In doing so, the idea is not to live a discomfort free life, but one that fits your identified life values and life purposes. You can create your own life path inside of your head. It’s important to keep in mind that no pathway in life is straight and everyone’s path is different. No matter where you’re going or where you want to go, you have to be flexible. Creating your life path is a key to understanding your life’s purpose, innate tendencies and talents, and the obstacles you’ll face as you continue to master the lessons to be learned.

When you truly believe in your purpose and know your core values well, you can create your life outside of your head with authenticity. Remember, everything is created twice, first in the mind and then in reality – the key to your success starts with your mindset.

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You’re the creator of your own life

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For many years now, the Millennial workforce has been consistently changing the way we work in more ways than one. As noted by NBC News, aside from raising awareness over various topics such as employee and workplace well-being, work-life balance, and flexibility, this new generation of professionals has also made it the norm for managers and company leaders to provide a steady flow of feedback.

  

This reality has eventually led to the emergence of hundreds of millions of resources on the different ways to give effective feedback. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about being on the other end: there just isn't enough information out there on how to receive feedback well. That being said, here are six tips that can help you get the most out of all the feedback you receive:

1. Handle your emotions offline 

We can't help it if certain comments make us feel certain ways -- we're only human after all. However, your emotional response is yours and yours alone to deal with. To ensure that you are capable of addressing every piece of the feedback with determination and an open mind, get negative emotional reactions out of your system through simple breathing exercises.
An article by Pain-Free Working explained how exercises like deep breathing, the 4-7-8 breathing technique, and the lion’s breath technique can help release tension in the head, promote relaxation and improve your mood in just a few minutes.

2. Identify good intentions 

Taking in criticism or feedback can be hard -- no matter how meaningful, constructive or true it may be. However, it is something you must overcome in order to become better at receiving feedback. Again, you have to remember that the person giving you an evaluation isn’t out to get you and intentionally hurt your feelings. They are there with the intention to help you see points of improvement.

3. Actively listen

Whether you are listening to a talk or participating in a class, the only foolproof way to learn as much as you can is by listening actively. This undeniable truth also applies when taking in feedback. When the other person is sharing his or her feedback with you, make sure to listen closely. Let the person share their complete evaluation, without interruption. Avoid analysing or questioning each and every comment, and instead, focus on trying to understand what the other person means and the perspective they are coming from. Once they are done, The Muse suggests repeating back the comment to ensure that you got everything right.

 4. ASK QUESTIONS

In addition to repeating the other person’s comments, it would also be in your best interest to ask questions if there are parts that you weren’t able to fully grasp. Asking questions will not only show how willing you are when it comes to understanding their assessment. This simple act can also help you have more clarity, get to the root of the issues raised and have access to some possible solutions for addressing said issues.

5. Learn from each feedback

Even if the feedback you’ve received is unfavourable, there is surely still something you can learn from it. Just like how you would try to ‘Overcome Failure’, ask yourself why you got such commentary. Then, use that knowledge to further improve your work and to ensure that the next feedback you’d get will be much better.

6. CIRCLE BACK

As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. With that in mind, after making sense of the feedback you've received, make sure to work on the items mentioned and issues raised. It would also be a good idea to circle back with them to see how things are going from their perspective. Doing so will not only strengthen your relationship with them, but also provide you with an opportunity to get more feedback.

Feedback can be thought of as two-way streets. Meaning to say, in order for it to be as effective as it can be, the giver should know how to offer meaningful comments while the receiver should know how to receive assessments well.

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