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Persistence Pays Off

Why do some people give up when they encounter challenges, while others who are no more capable continue to stay motivated and persevere?

There are techniques, based on age-old practices and supported by the latest research, that are effective in increasing our success. Research demonstrates that people who practice mindfulness (a state of present awareness in which we attend to ongoing experiences in a receptive and non-judgmental way) are more persistent, and ruminate far less about their own failures.  They see their mistakes as problems to be solved.  As a result, their persistence leads to success.

John, the vice president of marketing at a tech firm, became very discouraged when one of the company’s largest clients left. He found it increasingly difficult to reach out to new prospects because he kept focusing on the loss. When he started practicing mindfulness, his was better able to redirect his attention to what he was doing at that moment, which allowed him to move forward. John was able to bring in two even larger clients.

By staying focused on the present, he had better perspective of his feelings and frustrations, which reduced distractibility, and in turn, lead to better productivity. 

When employees were trained in mindfulness practices, they registered increased emotional regulation, reduced fear and worry, which empowered them to be more productive experience less stress and enjoyed greater job satisfaction. 

Conversely, individuals who did not practice mindfulness tended to be more emotionally reactive, less consistent and motivated. These individuals attributed poor performance to a lack of ability, which lead to decreased motivation. 

When we understand that intelligence is pliable and emotional regulation of our states is a daily practice, our focus is on process and increasing our skills rather that simply relying on our smarts, believing that success is a direct result of effort. 

By staying focused on what we are doing, we have better perspective on our feelings and frustrations, which reduces distractibility, which, in turn, leads to better productivity. Challenges are seen as interesting rather than intimidating and individuals tend to be happier – which turns on the learning centers in our brain, and increases creativity and satisfaction.

Mindfully managing our emotions allows us to maintain motivation and enables us to take action and produces healthier, happier and higher achievers. 

With the preponderance of evidence of the benefits of mindful practice, the burning question is how to implement it in our lives?  The answers lie in finding a good teacher, learning the skills that work best for you and utilizing daily practice.?

Linda Janasz is a journalist, empowerment coach, researcher, Emmy award-winning producer, Registered yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and holds a PhD. She has created and teaches a program called Mindfulness, Meditation and Movement (MMM) Training that has hundreds of individuals and corporations find balance and success. Visit: www.mindmedmove.com

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Drew Limsky

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BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.