When finished, Eliud Kipchoge, the man who made history by completing the marathon in less than two hours, was happy. “I want to inspire many people to think that there are no limits for man. We are capable”, he said. This Kenyan super athlete, who prepared for months for the challenge, ran the 42 kilometers completely focused… The body, heart and mind aligned around the goal that was set.
This focus, the search for “mindfulness”, is far from recent. Its origin is found in Buddhism, 2,500 years before this boom that now seems to appear. Much is currently said about the topic, whether in the corporate, academic or social networks, the result of a growing concern of society to ensure improvements in their psychological well-being.
The known benefits are several. It is already consensual that from making thinking more positive, reducing stress and anxiety, strengthening memory to contributing to better relationships, this philosophy, whose principles allow us to refocus through better management of our internal resources, allows us to live more healthy.
Most mindfulness techniques specify that we must keep our eyes closed. It is true that for many it is easier to reach the state of “mindfulness”, especially for beginners, as we know that less active senses imply less diversity of stimuli captured. We have all experienced situations in the past where the deprivation of some of the senses happened. We already know that these moments sharpen the other senses. These experiences compel us to focus and give the best of ourselves, often being marked in our minds … unforgettable.
The experiences of deprivation of senses, more or less intense, help in the development of mindfulness. They are an increasingly relevant element for a journey of emotional growth that is the basis for our professional growth. However, it will certainly not be enough for a moment or two to see significant improvements. In this component, a routine in practice is necessary for the benefits to emerge, but experiences are effective catalysts for the necessary awareness-raising process that we need for ourselves or our employees.
Eliund Kipchoge trains 300 days a year at the highest level of physical and mental demands. Always runs with a smile on his lips, which encourages his brain to release pain-relieving hormones. Its performance accelerators were technology (meteorologists, special shoes, etc.) and its team (41 athletes of high competition followed Kipchoge and were being exchanged with the support of a car in groups of seven every five kilometers), fundamental for the historic feat in Vienna.
The fundamentals of this man’s success lie in his biology, the context in which he grew up and his mental capacity and focus. To be better, we could do little about the first two… but today we can increasingly experience and improve our mindfulness. The challenge remains!
Article for INFORH, written by por Luís Rosário Immersis Partner.