Google’s Internal University Reports Mindfulness Equals Success
“I’ve come to believe that anything you imagine is probably doable. You just have to imagine it and work on it.” Larry Page
The most important element of this work, at least my personal philosophy, is that in paying attention to and ‘honoring’ our internal communication system we can really deep dive to ‘hear’ that part of us that sounds a warning bell when something is not right, and will come to understand when that same ‘inkling’ provides clues to follow an opportunity towards a heartfelt desire contrary to outward obstacles. It comes through our clarity, focus, passion, good intentions and able to honor and manage our feelings – when we can do this for ourselves, we can hold this for others.
After attending a training with the ‘guru’ at Google who is bringing mindful intelligence to the employees and culture there – I thought I’d put together a few cliff notes, and this brief 16 minute podcast on this subject: “Google University Says Mindfulness is Good for Clarity and Success.”
This subject, in a gazillion various forms is something I’ve studied and worked with for years, and will continue to do so ’cause I find each experience is a new way to learn. You may want to share this with those hardworking folks you know who may be on the fence on how to incorporate these strategies into an already hectic schedule.
A few key points from listening to and observing Meng and the Google U philosophy:
- Have a bold goal. Meng’s goal is world peace, which starts with individual’s sustaining inner peace.
- Attach it to a juicy outcome – Meng has seen the results that clarity and focus and creativity has brought to colleagues at Google; which one of these traits (clarity/focus, creativity, managing temperment) inspires you?And, what positive outcome do you want to see from this change.
- How to train the brain to create these circumstances:
- Pay attention in a calm and clear state.
- Understand how you ‘bring meaning’ to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. And how you ‘bring meaning’ or judge others on these traits.
- Find a ‘mindful’ tool that you connect to – one that you can start to implement on a small, daily scale, and take notes so you can see (pay attention to) changes over time.