In a world that is continuously changing in ever faster, more disruptive ways, understanding that you, as an adult, still have a long way to go before really "growing up" might become paramount. Consciously taking time for introspection, looking for opportunities of personal, vertical development might soon become a necessity, as Artificial Intelligence is changing the landscape of work and our common humanity is subjected to challenges our species has likely never encountered before. This article is meant to bring the concept of "adult development" to the forefront of your mind, to invite you to be curious, to challenge your own assumptions and to ask yourselves, how can you become ever more conscious and aware as a leader, parent, partner, friend and, ultimately, human being?
As coaches, we receive something very precious: our clients' trust. They rely on us to be honest and non-judgemental partners on their way to their best selves - be that in a work or personal context. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to take our profession seriously. A doctor prepares for years to practice their profession safely and, regardless of their experience, would never think of just inventing a new treatment and testing it out without a proper research/validation process and informed patient consent (or, in the cases when doctors have blatantly broken the ethical standards of their practice, this generated public outrage and legal consequences). However, what is unthinkable in medicine is still common practice in coaching.
Twenty years ago, the concept of mindfulness and practices like meditation or yoga were in the realm of hippies, eccentrics, of the quirkiest of us. As the effects of this very special state of mind have been more and more thoroughly documented, word has spread, countless applications have been developed and we've now come to a point, which seemed almost inconceivable two decades ago, where Mindfulness has become a hot topic, it's benefits discussed and its practice applied from boardrooms to hospitals and from the army to elementary schools.
So, what is Mindfulness and why all the sudden hype about it?
What we believe about ourselves directly affects whether we are resilient in the face of adversity, how much self-esteem or perseverance we have and how willing we are to keep on working towards building a more fulfilling life, versus being resigned to our unhappiness and dwelling in it incessantly.