The 4 benefits of mindfulness to achieve your goals

One of the most common pitfalls we tend to fall into when setting goals (for example, at the start of a new year) is assuming that our success or failure will depend on how much time and effort we put into them. accomplish it. . these tasks.

The reality is that if we don’t learn how to properly manage our emotions and how to manage our attention span, we will end up throwing in the towel because we really want to invest ourselves in a project. In many ways, less is more for good and for bad.

Fortunately, at this time There are therapeutic resources like mindfulness that help us improve our chances of achieving our goals. by effectively using our attention, focusing on the present moment, and taking a constructive perspective on the problem we want to solve or the need we want to satisfy. In this article, we will see how it does it.

    What is Total Attention?

    Let’s start with the most important: what is mindfulness? This term can be used both to describe a particular type of state of consciousness and the set of techniques and exercises used to achieve it.

    If we stick to the first meaning, mindfulness can be summed up as a psychological state in which the focus is exclusively on the recognition and observation of mental contents related here and now, without getting involved in valuing them morally.

    And if we stick to the second meaning, mindfulness is a type of practice inspired by the ancient Vipassana meditation (with a long tradition among the followers of Buddhism and Hinduism), but unlike the latter did not develop as a religious element but as a scientifically validated element. tool with which objective therapeutic effects can be achieved (regardless of whether the person adheres to a religion or not).

    Mindfulness exercises were created in the United States in the second half of the 20th century, primarily by researcher Jon Kabat-Zinn, who designed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the university. of Massachusetts). Initially, the goal of Mindfulness was to help people with stress and anxiety issues through a training plan of several weeks, but over time have begun to emerge variants adapted to other types of needs not necessarily limited to the field of mental health.

    Today, as the MBSR program continues to be a powerful ally of psychotherapists, a wide variety of mindfulness techniques are available that can be used in settings as diverse as business, primary education, training sportsmen, etc. All these variations have characteristics and stages adapted to their objective, but all retain the essence of Mindfulness, which is to teach the person to focus on the present moment to get out of a dysfunctional psychological inertia (thoughts obsessions, tendency to self-sabotage, blockages due to stress, lack of skills to manage physical or emotional pain…).

      How can mindfulness help you achieve your goals?

      What does mindfulness have to do with things like New Year’s resolutions, starting a new career path, or wanting to leave an addiction behind and start a healthy lifestyle? from a certain date? Below I summarize the different ways in which mindfulness helps to approach such personal or professional projects.

      1. Helps slow preemptive tendencies

      Very often, being forced to pursue very ambitious goals causes us to fall into a dynamic of procrastination: because we feel very stressed in the face of a complex or new task for us, we avoid starting or thinking about it, so we leave time passes and the problem gets bigger and bigger. Mindfulness helps us deal with this pressure in a much more functional and adaptive way., without letting it intimidate us to the point of paralyzing us.

        2. Makes breaks more profitable

        Although technically mindfulness is a relaxation exercise, one consequence is that it often leads people to a state of calm. This makes it easy to incorporate mindfulness into rest routines between sessions and work or study sessions.

          3. It allows us to do a “mental reset” in the face of blockages

          It is very common that when we try to do something that is new to us, we come to a point where we don’t know how to proceed to achieve our goal. In these situations, we can feel so stressed that we give rise to what is called the “self-fulfilling prophecy”: we suggest to ourselves to assume that we will not find a solution and that we will be unable to move forward, that this imagined reality eventually comes true because we become obsessed with being at an apparent impasse.

          Faced with these experiences, mindfulness this allows us to find an objective perspective to what is happening to us, so that we can see everything from a more distant point and it is easy for us to take a few steps back to face the problem in a different way.

            4. Improve our self-esteem

            Faced with a new project, the usual thing is that we go through many situations in which our imperfections become very evident: in some points we will not have experience, in others we will lack technique, etc. These constant frictions between what we want to achieve and what we have learned to do so far are part of the process of personal and professional development, but if we do not manage it well, it will discourage us.

            This is why mindfulness is a valuable tool for self-motivation, as it will prevent us from falling into overly pessimistic or “tragic” interpretations of reality where all our attention is directed towards our faults. It is important to be aware that we are not perfect, but we must not allow ourselves to be obsessed.

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              Bibliographic references

              • Benjamin Lowry, Paul; Gaskin, James; Twyman, Nathan W.; Hammer, Bryan; Roberts, Tom L. (2013). Taking Pleasure and Games Seriously: Proposing the Hedonic Motivational System Adoption Model (HMSAM). Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 14 (11): p. 617 – 671.
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              • Fiore, NA (2006). The Habit Now: A strategic program to beat procrastination and enjoy guilt-free gaming. New York: Penguin Group. ISBN 978-1-58542-552-5.
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