The rise of technology reliance makes employees accessible around the clock. Fear of job loss for many encourages longer working hour days. In fact, a massive 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week in a Harvard Business School survey. The experts agree that compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can affect relationships, health and overall happiness.
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The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another - William James
It’s not surprising to me that much of the current interest in mindfulness in the West has been generated due to the overwhelming body of evidence linking mindfulness practice to stress reduction and physical healing.
Since the second half of the twentieth century until today, stress has been identified as one of the most virulent causes of ill health in the Western industrialised economies. But this hasn’t always been the case.
In 1925 a young medical student named Hans Selye was fascinated by something he observed while studying the science of diagnosis. He noticed that many of the case studies he reviewed for diagnosis, although suffering from a range of different illnesses, had many of the same symptoms. This phenomenon he would much later call a ‘syndrome of being sick.’ He could not have known that his observation would go on to have a...
Life can be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards - Søren Kierkegaard
More than three decades ago, I remember reading a book that had a profound effect on my life and ultimately influenced my decision to become a psychologist. The Road Less Travelled written by psychiatrist M. Scott Peck was memorable because the book began with the unforgettable words ‘Life is difficult’ and then went on to suggest that this is one of the greatest truths. Personally, I recognised the profound truth of this approach immediately because it stood in such sharp contrast to all my expectations about life.
Life is Suffering
In describing life on these terms, Peck acknowledged that he owed this insight to Buddha’s first teaching that life is suffering. The mindfulness tradition is founded on this assumption but, as I discussed in Chapters 10 and 12 of The Mindfulness Book, it radically challenges Western psychology’s diagnosis of the...
The principle of INNER DIALOGUE
We must be motivated by what we wish to achieve, and not what we want to avoid. We are drawn towards our most dominant thoughts. Expectation becomes reality. We get what we focus on. We think-feel-act, so therefore to change our actions we have to change our thoughts. The difference between commitment and compliance is discerned by whether we work on thoughts or actions.
The principle of E+R=O
The event plus the reaction equals the outcome or opportunity. Things happen but they are not as important as our reaction or response to them. The leader who wins is not the one who has made the least mistakes, but the one who has responded best to the mistakes he or she did make. We must always choose the best response to determine the best outcome. Remember, ResponseAbility looks forwards, and blame looks backwards. Opportunities are never lost, they are simply found by someone else.
The principle of BELIEF SYSTEM
The world is not how it is, it is...
Goals are dreams with a deadline - Tony Robbins
This goal-setting approach based on our Tony Robbins experience at Pendulum 2016 is one of the most effective ways to motivate you from the inside out and move you to action, so if you want big changes in your life this might just be your answer.
It's not magic, it's mindset!
Debra Searle discovered this the hard way whilst rowing solo across the Atlantic. In her book ‘The Journey’ she shares the mindset tools that kept her moving forward on her journey and will help you keep moving forward too.
Her words of wisdom she shared with us at Pendulum Summit will provide you with a flavour of her truly inspirational Pendulum masterclass.
When organisations invest in their employees’ well-being they reap significant reductions in costs and increases in value over time.
The pressure to undo the damage of the past few years may tempt the leaders of many businesses to focus only on the balance sheet and ignore what turns out to be a quantifiable and manageable lever that is proven to affect the bottom line: the well-being of workers. You might assume that well-being is a “soft” issue and not a management problem to solve. That would be a mistake.
It turns out that well-being, like many other management matters, is both quantifiable and manageable. After extensive research, in partnership with leading economists, psychologists, sociologists, physicians and other scientists, and various in-depth analyses, including random samples from more than 150 countries spanning 98% of the world population, we at the Gallup Organisation have identified five universal, interconnected elements that represent what...
Marci Shimoff is a bestselling author and a transformational expert on happiness and love. Speaking with Raidió Teilifís Éireann, she outlined how she actively pursues happiness. Hear more from Marci and a host of other teachers on Pendulum Talks.
The Pursuit of Happiness
I would describe myself as a transformational leader.
I'm an author, teacher, speaker, and mentor. I do all this because of the saying: "We teach what we most want to learn." The things I speak and teach about are what I want to learn and remind myself of all the time.
So, for people who want to do this kind of work, the first thing is: Do it on yourself - it matters. Secondly, find a mentor. Find someone you resonate with. My mentor was Jack Canfield, the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. I ended up co-authoring the women's books from this series with him - find people who are doing what you want to do, and learn from them.
Dr. Martyn Newman is a leading expert on the science of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Hear more from Martyn on Pendulum Talks - here is a brief taste of what to expect from his day one presentation at Pendulum Summit 2018.
At some point in my career, I pondered what psychologists would achieve if we channeled our resources away from defining mental illness and toward understanding nobility - moments where individuals rise to the occasion of life and respond to life’s struggles with creativity and courage.
I wasn’t alone. There was a group of fellow psychologists who felt the same way, together founding the positive psychology movement. Back in the 1990s, however, we lacked any well-formed model of wellbeing.
That’s precisely why, when Dan Goldman published Emotional Intelligence in 1995, nobody saw it coming. Overnight, he announced that everything we thought we knew about the intellect, elite performance, and what has driven that relationship for...
When it comes to business growth, there are two goals.
One is 30% growth, and the other is 30 times growth. The difference in thinking here is fundamental. To achieve 30% growth, all you have to do is a little more, a little better. You don’t have to implement massive change. But to grow your business 30 times over, drastic change is non-negotiable.
30% growth is thinking about securing one more customer. 30 times growth is thinking about securing a thousand more customers. 30% growth is hiring one more employee. 30 times growth is opening another office.
When it comes to improving employees, it’s not about motivation.
It’s about education. People can’t outperform their training. All I’ve ever done is buy broken companies and fix them. I’ve bought everything...
The Pendulum Inspired Leadership Programme is a world-class online learning experience that focuses on specific themes critical to today’s business executives and is an efficient and innovative way to train and inspire management teams.