heard it. It sounds like this: Meditation is
some New Age, psycho-babble, hippie-hugging fad that sedentary long-haired,
pot-smoking dropouts embrace because
they don’t have a job.) But the benefits
of meditation come from being able to
pause and notice the present. Estimate
how much time your mind plans for the
future, rethinks and reanalyzes the past,
and how little you visit this very moment, right here, right now.
The last time you drove your commute, how much time did you spend in
the present? Are there times you don’t
even know how you got home? Do you
remember becoming aware only as you
drove into your driveway? How often are
you making mental lists, checking off to-dos, thinking of another time or another
place? Ask yourself this: Where do you
live your life: more here, or more there?
I promise you this: Russell Wilson
knows where he was every minute of the
game. His mind was not making shop-
ping lists, planning the post-game party,
or diverting its attention and focus on
anyone or anything that was not right
there in front of him.
The key to great leadership, being in the
zone and making good decisions, is all in
the ability to pause, even for a moment
and notice, just notice. Don’t react. Let
the world whirl; you have the key to the
Matrix. Observe your feelings, the lump
in your throat, your anxiety, fear, happiness, fatigue, or excitement. Notice
it, and watch it like a television screen.
You have the remote. You can stop and
change the channel. You are in control.
You can reset and begin again, but only
if you can pause first and find the calm.
No pause means that you probably
didn’t notice that you’re getting angry,
or scared, or that you are feeling out of
control. No pause means you just got
your buttons pushed and you are about
to act in a way that you will not be proud
of later. No pause and you get sacked. No
pause and you don’t know what to do in a
clutch situation. No pause and you can’t
find the calm to handle the challenge.
No pause: no zone.
But with the pause comes the calm,
the separation from the reactive decision you would have made. With the
pause, you have focus, you have time,
and you enter the zone where you make
J. Connelly L. Beauregard M. LeBank
N. Roberts A. Price J. Kays
A. Searle Tacoma, WA Branch
Seattle & Tacoma, WA | (253) 593-5100 | (206) 816-3002 | connelly-law.com
isn’t new to other
professions, it is new
for many lawyers. It
may not revolutionize
your life, but it may
help you find your
zone, your calm, and
your vacationed mind.