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Put your focus on what matters

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Harley Murphy, head of Ireland operations for BNY Mellon, couldn’t sleep until he took a meditation class and learned to relax and focus. Same for hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates

The key: Focusing on what matters. “There is so much information coming at us, we struggle to remain agile, which is the most critical leadership skill,” says Michael Carroll, who teaches meditation as part of leadership. “The practice teaches us to slow down.” How?

  1. Pause. Turn off your devices and give yourself some quiet. Your blood pressure will drop and you will unclench.
  2. Get comfortable. Your environment should not distract you.
  3. Focus on your breathing, drawing and releasing air deeply from your diaphragm, not your chest.
  4. Clear your mind. Put aside your to-do list. Think: “I’ll catch up later.”
  5. Practice meditation every day.

— Adapted from “Sit. Breathe. Be a Better Leader,” Tatiana Serafin, Inc.

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