“To understand music, you must listen to it”
But, as long as you are thinking – I am listening to this Music – you are not listening.
Being present is truly one of the pillars of Executive Presence and in a way.. of our being itself. As Al Ries said “A laser is a weak source of energy. A laser takes a few watts of energy and focuses them in a coherent stream of light. But with a laser, you can drill a hole in a diamond or wipe out cancer.”
Does that quote speak to you? Does it make you wonder.. what wonders you could do if you just focus? If you just paid enough attention? If you could truly just be present?
18th century French philosopher Denis Diderot was at a dinner party, engaged in a debate over a topic he was good at. But, that evening, for whatever reason, he wasn’t himself, he was not in flow, he was distracted and when challenged, he wasn’t able to put together a clever response.. a riposte.. a repartee.
Soon after he left the party, on his way down the stairs, he was thinking of that conversation he landed on the perfect response when he reached the foot of the stairs.
Now, should he turn around, walk up and deliver the dazzling reply? Of course not. The moment had passed and so he coined the phrase – L’espirit d’escalier – (Espree Lescaliiye) also called “Staircase wit”.
This has happened to all of us. Thos times you could’ve, would’ve and should’ve sThis happens due to a series of things. When we are not completely in the moment and when we are very conscious or stressed in a high stakes environment.
Do whatever centres you. Whether it’s taking deep breaths, penning down your thoughts or connecting with nature, pay closer attention to things immediately around you. Focus on a successful future.
Mindfulness is one of the greatest practices each and every one of us must spend our time with, because it surely helps us be present, be a better more awakened version of ourselves.