Have you ever thought about what you look like when you walk into a room? Are you being present, awake, confident and alive? Is your energy positive or negative? Ever been in a meeting where someone walks in and the atmosphere completely changes?
Recently, I was attending a training class and the woman teaching the class reminded me how much my mood can affect others. She was so warm and happy and could easily make the entire class smile. If she laughed, she had the entire class cracking up so hard we were crying. When she sat back down with bad posture and yawned, it made the whole class feel exhausted.
Did you know how contagious your attitude is? That is why being present is so important.
When you talk to someone else, do you really listen to everything they are saying or are you thinking of what you need to do or say next? I have been trying really hard to focus on the conversations I am having and be fully present. To be fully present means you are able to focus on a single person, idea or topic and not think about anything in the past or future.
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