How to advance in life and career through being present
Presence has mostly to do with being in the moment and recognizing for the significance it has for your and the people around you. “Presencing” helps build up trust and goodwill. It helps elevate others and you get elevated with it. Here are ten examples of how you can put the odds in your favor and achieve personal and career growth beyond your imagination.
- Being present by showing up – consistently. This is the most literal interpretation of being present. You actually have to show up to stuff in order to be present. Showing up consistently tells others that you care, that you can make and hold commitments, that you are dependable, and that you respect other people’s time. Do you recognize the key foundational ingredients to building trust?
- Being present by meeting people at eye level. Meeting people where they are in their thought process and state of their mind and being is only possible if you slow down and park your ego for a little while. What you think should and could be done is irrelevant. We all want to be truly heard und just not listened to long enough having to listen to yet another “yes, but…” type reaction.
- Being present by lending a hand. Step up and help a person and do that with expecting nothing in return. Watch what may happen to you. Encounters like this lead to enriching conversations and actions. Not bad for something that did not even cost you anything but time.
- Being present by being curious and than having the courage and determination to do something about it. Open your eyes and mind and be inquisitive (I did not say nosy), People and things you will notice can change your life forever.
- Being present by actively listening. There are tons of self help books about this topic. Bottom line here is that you had better learn how to stop what you are doing, turn toward to person you want to have a conversation with, and make good solid eye contact: and now you are ready to listen. “You have my attention” is what this tells the other person.
- Being present by asking questions. This is a close relative of active listening. Asking great questions tell the other person that you have listened and that you are showing respect.
- Being present by being candid. Easier said than done, right? Absolutely, especially in relationships that make you fear say anything because you may lose your job or suffer other not so cool consequences. And yet not being candid with other means you are not being candid with yourself. If you can feel it you can say it. If you feel like you cannot do that it may be time to change the job or relationship.
- Being present by keeping confidential things confidential. Commonsensical you say? Yeah except common sense is not common practice. When you are lucky enough enjoying a candid conversation please make sure to manage the information of the conversation very carefully.
- Being present by slowing down and listening to your inner voice and body. Here is one that the vast majority of people totally overlook. Being present enough to making your mental, and physical health a priority.
- Being present by acknowledging and embracing your spirituality. Much like the previous point make sure that whatever you believe in is a priority in your daily or weekly routine.
Advancing in life throughout life and career is achieved with a lot of help of other people. Choose to be present in their lives and they will help you create predictable miracles. So it starts with you paying attention to when and in what form you must be present for others and yourself.