Mindfulness: competitive advantage, effectiveness, and fulfillment

In a context where we are surrounded by distractions, educating our attention can be a significant differentiating factor.

David Reyero

One out of every three people checks their phone more than 100 times a day, approximately once every 10 minutes (excluding sleeping hours). 

Resuming the previous activity after each distraction costs between ten and twenty minutes. 

87% of Spaniards believe that indiscriminate use of the internet creates a barrier to healthy personal relationships. 

Inattention is responsible for 31% of fatalities in traffic accidents, associated with 45% of workplace accidents, and is a leading cause of academic failure. 

Concerning data about "time thieves" and symptoms of inefficiency and anxiety are multiplying: interruptions, unproductive meetings, television, internet, email, phone calls, and so on. 

Today, mindfulness has become a competitive advantage due to its scarcity as an attitude and daily practice. 

On the other hand, mindful individuals are highly aware of what is happening here and now. They are also capable of harnessing the numerous benefits of mindfulness, such as: 

  • Increased happiness: better utilization and enjoyment of the present activity. 
  • Reduced stress or anxiety: by reducing or eliminating multitasking. 
  • Enhanced creativity: by having a greater focus on activities, allowing the discovery or generation of new ideas or nuances. 
  • Improved concentration and productivity: by reducing inefficient time and reconnection. 
  • Better decision-making: due to quality time and sustained focus on a single matter. 
  • Greater emotional resilience: by having clarity in making decisions during adversity. 
  • Improved overall health: by reducing insomnia problems and daily energy depletion. 
  • Enhanced interpersonal relationships: fostering empathy, compassion, observing others' emotions, and active listening - qualities that enable better connection with others. 

The society of distraction 

We live in a society of distractions, where we have less and less control over our time due to multiple internal and external interferences. 

Mindfulness is a desirable state that can be trained and personalized according to our individual style. This will help us combat distractions, concentrate more on personal and professional goals, and also enjoy life's simple pleasures. 

"The happiness of your life depends on the nature of your thoughts," said Marcus Aurelius. 

Thus, psychologist Luis López González encourages us to "educate our attention." By improving our minds, reducing confusion, and replacing overload and distraction with focus and lightness, we will progress towards fulfillment. Additionally, we will enhance our effectiveness and quality in all aspects of our lives. 

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