Finding Zen in Business

If you’re a female business professional reading this I can take a good guess that your day more often than not probably doesn’t look as peaceful as this chick in the picture. She’s definitely found her zen in business getting some rays outdoors, breathing deeply and having space to connect with herself. She looks pretty darn content and unstressed and doesn’t look like someone who’s caught up in the hustle and bustle of a typical work day. Finding zen in business can be super challenging and feel so far away sometimes, but it is possible to achieve and within reach.

This isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ advice article. You could be in a totally different profession from the next woman who reads this, but I think there’s a little something here for everyone.

A typical worker in corporate America is in a field such as sales, marketing, IT, accounting, finance, management, human resources or some type of specific operations department that makes the company function. Or, maybe you’re an entrepreneur running a small- or medium- sized business.

Before you know it, you have an uber long list of stuff to get done and each day can quickly slip away. All of a sudden you have little to no time for yourself and you ask yourself, “How did I get into this crazy schedule? My life is crazy. I don’t have time for anything besides work.”

Zen Check-In

Below are some questions to ask yourself for how to go about finding zen in business, daily. I recommend doing some journaling on these questions. Spend some serious time reflecting on these instead of skimming through them, thinking about them for five seconds and moving on with your day. It’s very common people don’t like the idea of journaling because that means they actually have to sit down with themselves and do some digging into what needs work.

You’re reading this far because you’re looking for a solution, so let’s make it worthwhile than just another self-help article to read. Deal?

Connect With Your Spiritual Side

  • Are you in alignment with your purpose or is there something more for you to offer the world? I see far too many people in the world doing a job for the sake of doing while it sucks the life out of them. What do you want your life to look like? Forget all the excuses and fears and ‘why’s of why it isn’t possible because your life can look and feel like whatever you want it to (big discussion topic here). Don’t settle for a soul-sucking job (one of my favorite descriptions to get my point across).

Revisit Your ‘Why’

  • Why are you here? Why are you doing the job you’re doing? What’s your mission? What’s your ‘why’?

Energy Levels

  • Pay attention to your own energy levels when you start your day and when you finish. Keep track of your energy level for the next 7 days. Do a check-in when you wake up, when you begin work, lunchtime, mid afternoon and after you leave work. How do you feel? What do you notice? Are there any triggers that plummet your energy or times you’re feeling great?

Remember This Simple Fact

  • Hone your craft and get some good experience, but don’t kill yourself trying to work 80 hours a week to do and learn everything. You’ll never know everything. There will always be a new challenge to overcome and a new skill to learn. Go with the flow and learn what you can because you have a lifetime of learning ahead of you.

Hire a Coach

  • Work with a business, career or life coach to gain deeper clarity on your goals and path. Working with a coach is invaluable and I wish more people were open to it. Working with coaches both personally and professionally has taken me to places I never could have reached on my own. We could all use a little support and guidance in this journey of life. It ain’t easy friends! Get the support you need to create more inner peace. It’s priceless (minus the cost of your coach).

Create Your Zen Space

  • Life is as busy as you allow it to be. We often forget this simple concept. We have choices and opportunities around us every single day. How adept are you at saying ‘no’ to people (including yourself)? How grounded are you to respond to life’s demands instead of reacting (read this blog post for more)?
  • Things really aren’t as complicated as we make them out to be. Break down whatever it is that’s overwhelming you into simplistic segments. Prioritize your ‘to-do’s on importance over urgency. Where in your life can you create space for stillness and self connection? What can you eliminate from your life?
  • Slow down. Being a busybody doesn’t mean you’re productive, successful or important. Don’t get tricked by society enforced perceptions (read next bullet point)
  • Ask yourself, “Do I really need to be doing everything that I’m doing?” I believe in being purposeful in everything and not going along with the majority for the sake of fitting in and appearing normal. Only do what works for you and serves you in a higher capacity—without being an asshole, of course.

Finding zen in business is right in front of you. It’s up to you to find it, which in actuality means creating it. We are all creators. Observe yourself as an outsider and take a good, hard look at how many distractions you’re allowing to fill up unnecessary space that’s sucking the zen out of your life. It’s been in front of you the whole time.

Eliminate what’s draining and create space for what’s important—living a purposeful lifestyle in every way possible.

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