Mike Robbins is the author of five books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, Nothing Changes Until You Do, and, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which have been translated into fifteen different languages.
His fifth book, We’re All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, was just released. He admits that writing books is not his favorite thing to do, but he keeps getting downloads and ideas for new books.
Every team has a chemistry – egos and ambitions included – that makes them special.
After playing baseball he got interested in the dynamics of teams. There really isn’t a “them” it’s all “us.” And when we can stop the us vs. them mindset…
Some questions they explore:
- What are some ways we can bring mindfulness to our work?
- Are you actually able to articulate what you’re feeling?
- How has the question “Hey, how are you?” changed in recent times?
He learned about meditation when he was in college back in the mid-90’s. His girlfriend at the time introduced him to a teacher who had come in to help her swim team. He found that he was better able to connect mind, body and spirit, and he knew it was going to be a path he would travel in his life. These days, his now wife even asks him “Are you meditating?” when he seems out of alignment.
Mike recommends to meditate in whatever manner you choose, that works for you. His personal practice has him meditating in bed in the morning to start his day. Find ways in the midst of your lives to spend a few minutes in mindfulness.
He keeps a gratitude journal for about twenty years. He not only writes down what he’s grateful for but what he needs to forgive himself for. Self compassion and gratitude.
We have an opportunity to bring our whole selves to work these days. We are experiencing something globally, at the same time. The ups and downs are very stressful right now, and he recommends just being present with the experience and whatever we’re feeling right now. Be present with sadness, anger or fear – Then move through it! Also, meet others where they are and be present without judgements – Then move through it!
The power of curiosity and compassion with ears on our heart – we could be more present with each other. Collectively sharing what each person is going through is recognition of being honest about where we are in the moment. It’s also ok to take breaks when you need to!
Check out Mike’s work at https://mike-robbins.com/
Remember Mindful Matters and So Do You!
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