For leaders and managers, TACTICAL COMPOSURE (which includes mindful attention) is a pathway to MINDFUL LEADERSHIP and WISE DISCERNMENT!
TACTICAL COMPOSURE is the action of deliberately applying composure and preparation tactics in order to manage potentially stressful or demanding situations, that are likely to recur.
Activating the conscious and strategic centres of the brain can be achieved swiftly, in the short-term, with specific composure tactics. These help to reduce the stress-response and engage the command and control parts of the brain (in the pre-frontal cortex). However, more benefits are gained by building the mental habits of composure and mindful attention.
Exercising Tactical Composure and mindfulness over time strengthens and integrates one’s ability to purposely access calm, controlled and conscious thinking.
Wise discernment (seeing things clearly, as they are and knowing what is needed) and wise action (choosing actions that serve you, others and the situation well) are much more likely in this state.
Here is a list of what Wise Discernment and Mindful Attention would look life for those who commit to regular exercises of composure and mindfulness.
- Being aware of what’s happening as it’s happening (and remembering what happened – in order to build personal insight and self-awareness).
- Observing yourself, others and situations more objectively, in a curious and non-judgemental manner.
- Noticing and disengaging from unhelpful patterns of automatic negative thoughts.
- Seeing things (and yourself and other people) for how they really are now, rather than how we’d wish them be.
- An ability to ‘turn on’ the attitudes of curiosity and openness in order to respond, rather than reaction to situations.
- A greater sense of self-acceptance and self-compassion, becoming more patient and present in daily life.
- Understanding that feelings too, not just thoughts and logic, play a significant part in motivation, decision-making and habits. Also, not getting hooked in by, or a carried away by, unhelpful feelings or thinking habits.
- Accepting reality (versus struggling with it) in order to re-focus on wise action.
- Understanding what might need to happen now, to better serve you, others, and the situation.
- The ability to inhibit ‘acting out’ on unhelpful urges. Perhaps just listening and observing – rather than trying to fix things straight away, with unnecessary self-pressure.
- You may begin to see that thoughts are just thoughts. They can be viewed as arising data or information not direction or instructions that must be believed or followed. You can step back from them, examine them and check their usefulness and relevance. This helps to see where you may have bias, errors in logic, self-limiting beliefs or being influenced by old stories about yourself, others and the world.
- You discover a sense of increased mental control, in terms of checking your automatic assumptions, and deciding on which thoughts and beliefs you will be guided by, rather than acting on autopilot.
- You gain a second level of awareness, the awareness of how you’re thinking how that impacts you and your life. This is meta-awareness or thinking about how you think.
- Clarity and composure of your inner world, in order to respond to, and influence, the outer world, within reasonable limits.
- Ultimately, helping you in the long term, to think clearly, make good decisions and be more strategic. This is where TACTICAL COMPOSURE, over time, leads to STRATEGIC COMPOSURE – maintaining (as much as possible) a state of calm, wise, mindful operation and interaction with the world. This is an ability and a “state of being”, strategically employed, for positively influencing oneself, others and systems.
Learn more about the benefits of TACTICAL COMPOSURE. These include boosting working memory, cognitive flexibility, attention-regulation and frustration tolerance.