High-performance Habit: Presence of mind / Alertness


Decision making capability of the human brain is on its fullest if it concentrates one thing at one time.

From a childhood in the school till your professional career in the organisation, Alertness has a significant role in your success. Mindfulness is not alertness. How alertness comes, It is a big question. We are more focused on the work which we like to do and less which we don’t want to. Overthinking is also a problem in today’s context. More overthinking means less available for life.

Krishna ( A Hindu God) Said In Bhagvat Gita “Do your duty without thinking about results.”
Above quote has been misinterpreted by many people and our answer lies inside this quote.
We can’t start working on any task without knowing its result, and it is 100% true. We should know what our goal is then only we can walk on the path to achieve the goal, but we should not think about the purpose/goal at the time of execution.

In the cricket game, A batsman should focus on the delivery from the bowler, not on his scoreboard while hitting the shot. If he aligns his sense organ (eyes), His body ( hand-eye coordination), his physical energy (power) and mental energy (focus), He will surely score good runs on the board.
Our focus should be on this event on only which we are performing our task. Let us take the example of the software developer. If Organization asked developer that he would get a promotion if he develops the project within the time frame. The developer has to focus on his code only, not about the result as promotion otherwise he will not able to deliver quality code at a time. Our mind wanders here and there because of our desires. It reduces our performance in our current activity. Creators have given us an excellent brain, but it has limitation. Our conscious mind can’t focus more than one thing at the same time. People can say that they can eat food and watch the TV at the same time, but these tasks are a habit a repetitive task which is controlled by the subconscious mind.

I have seen some people in the organisation who pretend to be multitasker which they aren’t. I remember one of the companies where I was in the last round for the position for Senior Software Engineer. The interviewer was the vice president of the company. At the time of taking the interview, He was quite busy with his emails. I found all of the question asked was very easy and some of them didn’t make any sense with the position of Senior PHP developer. I cleared that round and got a job. Did he give justice with this interview? What is the use of showing off that He was a very busy person in the organisation? He may be a very busy person, but he could reschedule the interview. Quality of an email he was sending maybe not be100% at the time of the discussion.

Decision making capability of the human brain is on its fullest if it concentrates one thing at one time.
Alertness for the outside world is called the presence of mind and awareness for our inside world is called consciousness. Let us take the scenario where you have some differences with your team member. Being Manager of the team, You can command and control your team member to do the same what do you like but is it the right way? As a leader, we should be aware/conscious of what is running in a person’s mind. Instead of just ordering him, We can persuade him by telling the benefit of particular task/work. He will be more than happy to do so with 100% focus and effort if he knows the organisation’s advantage with that task.



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