The Startup Chat with Steli and Hiten
286: Mindfulness
Feb 23, 2018
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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about mindfulness.

They highlight how mindfulness can be used to benefit you in your everyday life and business.

Mindfulness can be defined as the process of bringing awareness to your experience as it occurs in the present moment. Often linked to the practices of meditation and yoga, Steli and Hiten look at how it can be redefined and introduced into all areas of your life.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Startup Chat to learn about mindfulness, having a positive perspective in reaction to challenges and how to remain present in your business and life.

Steli and Hiten, also highlight how negative emotions, have the power to disrupt productivity in your business. They show how mindfulness, could increase your awareness of these negative patterns, and share some simple action steps to get you started on eliminating them.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

01:01 What is mindfulness.

04:17 The importance and benefit of breathing.

05:23 Why mindfulness.

05:48 Benefits of mindfulness.

06:10 Steps to mindfulness.

07:20 Mindfulness for business.

07:36 The benefits of mindfulness for your business.

10:10 Mindfulness techniques to get you started.

11:43 Obstacles to practicing mindfulness.

14:50 The questioning technique.

18:02 The benefit of seeing opportunities in everything.

3 Key Points:

If you think of a business challenge as a negative then you are missing the opportunity.
When you have positive thoughts they manifest, When you have negative thoughts they also manifest.
Everything can be viewed as either a problem or an opportunity, and both provide opportunities to learn.


Hiten Shah: The clouds are moving. It's kind of nice. There's a lot of dogs everywhere. It's kind of funny.



Steli Efti: All right. Well, this is going to be the topic of today's Startup Chat. Mindfulness. This is Steli Efti.



Hiten Shah: And this is Hiten Shah. And today, as Steli said, we're going to talk about mindfulness. What is mindfulness, Steli?



Steli Efti: Well, you know, if I didn't know, I wouldn't have looked up the definition. I always love when you do this. You've . So, I just typed it into Google, and I just-



Hiten Shah: It's called "training", Steli. It's called training.



Steli Efti: Yes, you have trained me very well.



Hiten Shah: I'm just kidding.



Steli Efti: I'm doing this, not just when I talk to you, but especially when I do talk to you, to be fair. So, all right. So, here's the dictionary definition of mindfulness, right? "Mindfulness: The quality or state of being conscious or aware of something". The second definition is: "A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness of the present moment while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Used as a therapeutic technique."



Hiten Shah: I like how it mentions the present moment, and then calls it therapeutic. I think people confuse mindfulness and meditation and relaxation and all these things almost together. So, I'm glad you started with the definition. It's, to me ... Like a lot of this, just to give my thoughts on it for a second is ... I think we are very judgemental as human beings. Judgmental of each other, of course, but also judgmental of ourselves. For me, mindfulness is very much so about being what they call "the observer" to the experience of life, versus being so judgmental about everything. That's what you're developing as you become more mindful of everything. Things, whatever it may be, even a lot of the exercises.

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