Improving Mindfulness

  • Training Time: 1 day, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Inclusion: Participants Manual and Certificate of Completion

Life constantly demands our attention, but when we become fixated on the past or worried about the future, we often miss vital information in our present situations. Cultivating a state where you are consistently aware of your present moment is not impossible, but it takes practice.

Nevertheless, by learning to abide in the present, you acquire a sense of perspective that can allow you to learn from the past without it overwhelming you with resentment and regret, and plan for the future without it overwhelming you with anxiety or dejection.

People often confuse the concept of mindfulness with the idea that one should “stop and smell the roses.” However, if you found yourself with your nose stuck deep into a flower in a field where an angry bull was bearing down on you, this would be the exact opposite of being mindful. Put simply, mindfulness is a state of mind where you are fully conscious and engaged in the present moment and with the demands of the present moment

Learning Points
  • Define mindfulness
  • Develop techniques to make oneself more attuned to the present moment
  • Understand the value and utility of one’s emotions
  • Learn how to identify and counter distorted thinking
  • Learn how to cultivate genuine positive emotions
  • Become more fully present in social interactions
Course Outline

Improving Mindfulness – Module 1
Getting Started

  • Introduction to Improving Mindfulness
  • Workshop Objectives

Improving Mindfulness – Module 2
What is Mindfulness?

  • Buddhist Concept
  • Bare Attention
  • Psychological Concept of Mindfulness
  • Memory

Improving Mindfulness – Module 3
Practicing Mindfulness

  • Attention
  • Acceptance
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Scanning

Improving Mindfulness – Module 4
Emotional Intelligence

  • The Purpose of Emotions
  • High Performance Emotions
  • Swing Emotions
  • Blue Emotions

Improving Mindfulness – Module 5
Cognitive Distortion (I)

  • Dichotomous Reasoning
  • Magnification and Minimization
  • Filtering
  • Jumping to Conclusions

Improving Mindfulness – Module 6
Cognitive Distortion (II)

  • Destructive Labeling
  • Personalizing
  • Blaming
  • The Tyranny of the Should

Improving Mindfulness – Module 7
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Mental Modes
  • Doing Mode
  • Being Mode
  • Metacognitive Awareness

Improving Mindfulness – Module 8
Mindfulness and Gratitude

  • What is Gratitude?
  • Gratitude Journal
  • An Exercise in Mindfulness and Gratitude
  • Forming a Habit

Improving Mindfulness – Module 9
Cultivating High Performance Emotions

  • The Emotion-Cognition-Behavior Triangle
  • Cultivating Enthusiasm
  • Cultivating Confidence
  • Cultivating Tenacity

Improving Mindfulness – Module 10
Mindfulness in Customer Service

  • Individually Focused
  • Active Listening
  • Building Rapport

Improving Mindfulness – Module 11
Mindfulness and Leadership

  • Mental Resilience
  • Focus
  • Compassion
  • Creativity

Improving Mindfulness – Module 12
Wrapping it up

  • Words from the Wise
  • Lessons Learned

 

You Can Expect...
  • To learn to avoid distraction from present moments you need to focus on
  • To understand and learn how the mind can be trained to “be mindful”
  • To learn the cultivation of attention, devoid of judgement or elaboration, until enough information allows the situation to be assessed
You Need This If...
  • You want to increase positive emotions, and incorporate mindfulness into your life
  • You want to reduce stress, by paying attention, non-judgmentally
  • You want to develop attentiveness and concentration and an attitude of curiosity and openness
This Is About...
  • The balance between overthinking a situation or circumstance, and under thinking it, and using your senses to determine which type of thinking is correct for the situation
  • Understanding explicit memory, which is helpful in learning new things and in memorization
  • Understanding how awareness and mindfulness can be put into practice, to enhance your work and personal life.