Having the right state of mind can change everything. When you are stressed out you're not at your best. Things slip through the cracks and your work is average at best. Learning how to manage your state can not only change the way you work but also improve your life.
Whether you are in marketing, sales or any other role, having the right mindset can increase your productivity and the outlook you have on your work. Letting
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In this week's SMA Marketing Minute, my friend Jordan Benjamin from HubSpot and I discuss ways to create a growth mindset and being mindful in our businesses.
Today, Jordan is going to share a little bit of his passion, which is mindfulness in business and mindfulness in
Ryan: I'm going to let Jordan introduce himself, tell you a little bit about who he is, what he is doing right now, and why he's really gotten into mindfulness.
Yet, there's this gap between: How do we actually train our brain? How do we train our mind to perform? How do we build awareness of ourselves, so we can work with people more effectively? That's where, over my sales career now, working at a lot of different
Ryan: Cool, when you're explaining this mindfulness stuff, was it because, a lot, that you just found a
Jordan: I think that's a lot of it, and it was
It's really similar
Ryan: I can testify to that, first hand. I remember when I was early on in the sales process, with becoming a HubSpot partner, I have a
What are some practical steps that you could share with people? I think this fear of failure runs even across the sales line into marketing, and then to
Jordan: One of the things that I love, coming out of Stanford, is a
She talks about people that adopted a
What are those two simple questions that I ask myself, that help me start thinking about, "Hey, that sale didn't work as
Ryan: I think it's this interesting thing, that psychology has proven over and over again, that we, as humans, have automatic negative thinking. That's just part of our natural process. In order to stop that, we have to retrain ourselves to combat those negative thoughts in a positive way, so that we can turn ... I want to call them failures, but slips or learning experiences, into something positive.
You talked about yoga, so you're active in yoga. What are some other areas that you've used to help clear your mind, and to prepare you? Just for your day, not even just for sales. Before you go into the office, before you sit down at your desk, what are some things that you do to prepare your mind for what's going to happen?
Jordan: Morning meditation practice, I definitely sit. Some days it's five minutes. Some days it's 20 minutes. Some days, it's really crazy, and it's 45
Then, I like to visualize what's going to happen. I look at my calendar before I walk into the office, and start saying, "Here are these three or four meetings I have. What do I want that outcome to be?" Now, I'm prepared to understand: What's going to happen to my day? How am I ready for it? That meditation practice, I think, helps me create space in my thought process, or in the moment, and then continue that on.
Those are a couple of things. I also love, before I get
Ryan: Breathing exercise has been something that I've really used to manage stress. There's the 4-7-8 technique, which my coach taught me. It's four counts inhale. You hold it for seven counts. Then, you exhale for eight. You do that four times. I'll tell you, that's one of the things that, when I'm sitting down and I feel like there's too much go on, I just stop and breathe. It's amazing how much that clears your mind, and how much physiology plays into effective work.
If you've watched some of my videos before, I've talked a lot about tactics and tools. I also try to attach human elements to it because we're all people. We're all struggling to find our purpose, and making sure that what we're doing it to the best of our abilities.
Is there anything else you want to share? Any kind of projects that you're working on, that we can look out for?
Jordan: You just said stop. That's actually a really good acronym, that somebody taught me, in terms
I think, for me, I'm starting to work on a couple projects around mindfulness and business. I'm starting a website Mindfl.biz, starting to work on: How do we bring this into the workplace, in every different role? I think there are so many ways that this can help us impact our own leadership skills, how we manage and work with teams, and how we even manage ourselves.
Ryan: Cool, since I'm connected with Jordan, you'll probably hear a lot more about that. Hey man, thanks so much for hanging with me and sharing a little bit. Until next week, happy marketing.
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