Practice Present-Moment Time

Quote of the Week

“If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.”
– Isaac Newton

Practice Present-Moment Time

by Karlin Sloan

  1. “Breathe. Take a deep breath. Remember the simple power of the breath, and slow it down.
  2. Focus on the person you’re speaking with and to. Stop your awareness of every other thing you are responsible for, and pay attention to this individual interaction.
  3. Focus on the process of the communication as well as the content. Instead of listening just for what is being said, listen to how it is being said.
  4. Keep a touchstone or physical reminder to center you mind and your focus on the present.
  5. Pay attention to your heart and not just your head. What are your emotions telling you? What is your gut feeling telling you?
  6. Scan your body for tension. Recognize any tension you are holding, and let your body relax.
  7. Take a big-picture snapshot. Take just a moment to think of how this day is a part of the larger picture (Sloan, 2006, p.133)”

Reference: Sloan, K. (2006). Smarter, faster, better: strategies for effective, enduring, and fulfilled leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

When we are “running so fast” to accomplish, meet deadlines, get results, it’s important to pay attention and be present to what is at hand. This week take the time to focus on the person you are communicating with. Really “listen” to them with all of your senses. Notice, after the communication, what was different for you.