It’s about training yourself to pause. Here’s how.
Amy Jen Su, author of “The Leader You Want to Be: Five Essential Principles for Bringing Out Your Best Self—Every Day”, says that recognizing when you’re about to engage in a bad habit–and being able to find a “magic pause”–is the key. If you’re about to snap at a co-worker, reach for that sugary snack, or micromanage a direct report, there are ways to short circuit these behaviors before they begin. She describes three techniques in detail: having a mantra or “swing thought”, breathing with intentionality, and practicing something she calls the “washing the dishes meditation.”
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