The Art of Being Grounded and Centered

In our Advanced Leadership course we teach the practice of being grounded and centered. Grounded and centered is something many professionals do whether they are athletes, doctors, sales people, musicians, managers or mechanics.

Being grounded requires clarity of purpose and the cutting away of all distractions. To do this, take 3 or 4 minutes to let go of all the distractions of a noisy, busy life. Sports players often get in a locker room all by themselves and get grounded (clarity of purpose) in what they are about to do. Often during big games like the Super Bowl, the coach will not allow the players to give television interviews because they get distracted and ungrounded due to the media attention.

Step two is to communicate any distraction — or what I call agenda — to the person or group you are with, or to someone you trust. Once, I did a seminar where a participant told the group that he was having a hard time focusing because he had left his family at home and the heat wasn’t working. Simply communicating that to the group allowed him to be more present (more grounded) and to get more from the seminar, which was his intention. Similarly, I once had a facilitator going through a divorce. This distraction kept him from doing a good job for our client, but it wasn’t appropriate for him to share this with the client. So, before he went in front of the group, I had him talk to me about all the frustrations he was having due to the divorce. That temporarily pierced the bubble, reduced the frustration, and allowed him to be grounded and focused on his job.

Before you go to any meeting, you should ground yourself. Before you make a sales call, visit a client or go to a job interview, you should ground yourself. Even before you enter your house at the end of the day, take a couple of minutes to ground yourself. It will change the effectiveness and intimacy with your family.

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