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Being a boss takes work. Whether managing your own business, life, brand or company, creating and owning your voice and perspective can be a challenge. It is here that mindfulness makes a difference.

Mindfulness can bring clarity, improve focus, and improve corporate and personal efficiency and productivity. Business culture must include taking care of yourself. Work, life and even in your social circles.

Positive Friendship Circles

A recent article in the New York Times noted that positive friendships are a common theme in the “blue zones”, regions of the world where people live longer than average.

“Friends exert a measurable and ongoing influence health behaviors.”

Dan Buettner

In Okinawa, Japan, a place where the average life expectancy for women is around 90, the oldest in the world, people form a kind of social network called a moai — a group of five friends who offer social, logistic, emotional and even financial support for a lifetime.

Strong social bonds improve health and wellbeing.

Thinking positive thoughts and surrounding yourself with positive people really does help.
Traditionally, their parents put them into moais when they are born, and they take a lifelong journey together. In a moai, the group benefits when things go well, such as by sharing a bountiful crop, and the group’s families support one another when a child gets sick or someone dies. They also appear to influence one another’s lifelong health behaviors.

In a world where burn out is common, how do you deal with the pressure?

It is important to manage expectations, to talk about being human, not super human. It is important to find a way to connect with others and recognize that our flaws are normal.
The very concept of perfection is unrealistic and damaging.  Instead of constantly judging who or where you aren’t, part of mindfulness is being present and “proud of who you are in this moment.” To be aware and observe, to simply be.

Because at the end of the day, mindfulness is being totally comfortable in your own skin; your own role and the potential you were born to achieve. Part of being present. Part of embracing yourself. The idea of self-awareness is realizing that we have valid, important opinions that must be shared. This is not just really powerful, it is vital to becoming who we are designed to be.

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