I often ask myself, ‘Why am I here?’.
This is not (just) an effect of ageing! It is a conscious checking-in process that I hope drives me to activate my best self.
When we, for example, are obliged to attend a group meeting there is a temptation for us to consciously split our attention between the room we are in, and the other things that seem a better use of our time (to check our emails on our phone or to start making lists of tasks to complete). I know, I know, you're thinking 'I never do that!!!!'. Ok, so for those of us who are human, one of the things that might help us is if we use a question of attention to help our engagement. To interrupt our habitual pattern of divided attention, our habit of distraction, we can ask ourselves with curiosity, 'Why am I here?'. By doing so we actively rather than passively attend our time.
Attention is a muscle that we need to build.
In The Safe Space, we work on making sure that we bring our best selves to the table all the time, so we can extract the best from our time and our colleagues.