_MG_5531TVC 029: The Power Of Being Present

This podcast is all about the power of being present. Inspired by a presentation I attended recently at the UNSW Australian School Of Business, during one of their senior management courses.

I heard the energetic Peter Lawry present a new perspective on how we listen, and empowering leadership results that can be achieved when we master the art of just being in the moment.

Our attitudes determine our outcomes.


Mindset is such an integral part of personal success and wellbeing it’s a wonderful tool to give more attention to by taking a nano break and being right in the present time:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings but not governed by them
  2. Focus on your breath
  3. Focus on your body
  4. Listen, observe and let yourself just be.

You’ll find by doing these 4 steps you will stop any internal dialogue  – even for a moment.

This is so powerful, being present allows you to:

  • Tune in to your intuition
  • Recharge and rejuvenate
  • Make better decisions
  • Reduce the effects of stress
  • Increase oxygen and blood flow to your body with concentrated breathing and stillness
  • Improve your overall wellbeing and sense of balance.

Next time you’re in a meeting or involved in a conversation with some one  – observe where you are listening from. Bring yourself back into the moment, without judgement or a story attached.

Just be in the ‘right now’ and listen openly, with genuine interest. You may be surprised what you pick up and how you can handle difficult moments when you are able to make decisions from your true authentic self without a ‘story’ attached, a limitation or a future tense.

It’s like having a different set of glasses to view the world through and the result is enlightening.

I challenge you to try this. To just be. To practice it daily, to observe what happens and to feel the power of being present.

If you get stuck and find it really difficult to zone out (or rather zone in…) then feel free to drop me a comment below for some helpful tips or go and check out some previous short and sharp posts on MINDSET.

Very special thanks to hospitality of the genius team at AGSM: Errol Benvie, Lex Dwyer, Peter Lawry and Tim LaPorte.

A note on Peter Lawry

Peter is an authority on Present Leadership, a methodology developed in more than 30 years’ experience of working with groups in Australia, Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Peter is a scholar of Eastern teaching turned international consultant to businesses and teams on complexity and systems bringing a unique perspective to social systems of organisations and practical tools and processes to make meaning of organisations. http://www.plconsulting.com.au
I hope you enjoyed this episode and as always appreciate your reviews on iTunes or if you’d like to leave on in the comments box below that would be great too.
Remember: You create the life you want. I hope I’m inspiring you to have a fresh perspective on making that all happen.
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