One of my main goals for the new year is to be more mindful and present, both in my personal life and professional life.

I know this can have far reaching benefits. I’ve read about it, I’ve listened to people talk about it on podcasts, but I have yet to be consistent with this practice.

So, I decided to get specific.

Here are two concrete ways I’m working towards my goal of being more mindful and present in my work:

First, before I step into a session, I take a minute to breathe. Whether I’m sitting in the car before going into a client’s home or standing outside the classroom door before stepping in, I stop and take a few slow, deep breaths.

Sometimes I’ll say something positive with each breath in and sometimes I’ll just focus on the breath itself coming in and out of my lungs.

Second, while I sing each client’s name in the Hello Song, I make sure I’m present, looking directly at that client, and sending positive thoughts and gratitude toward that individual for being there that day.

I used to sing a general hello song to the whole group, but I really like the idea of acknowledging each individual.

These are two simple ways to work towards my goal of being more mindful and present, but I believe simple is the way to start.

What are your goals for the new year? Care to share? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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