People who develop a strong sense of
spirituality in their lives reap the immaterial benefits in their outlook on
life and in how they interact with others. They achieve a level of comfort with
their spiritual side that allows them to look at things from a less worldly
perspective, seeing the positives where others can. Spiritual individuals
realize the relativity of trivial problems that can beleaguer people who can’t
see beyond them.
You might not realize it, but the
hypothetical spiritual individual described above is also the perfect candidate
to build a professional network among their colleagues. You might question the
validity of that assertion, since “spiritual” individuals are typically depicted
as non confrontational people who refuse to dabble in the cutthroat nature of
doing business. But professionals working in the high-stres environments of any
business atmosphere would do well to learn to get in touch with their spiritual
Let me explain.
how to minimize stress
For starters, simple exercises pivotal
to many spiritual practices can help you reduce stress and build confidence.
Maintaining a relaxed and confident demeanor is key to networking, so it goes
without saying that any calming technique would be a welcome for any
professional who makes their living by mingling with potential clients and
There are meditative practices, for example,
associated with almost any major religion (Buddhism, Islam, Taoism, and even
Christianity, to name a few) meant to focus a person’s sense of self and their
surroundings. Methods of mediation can vary from simple breathing techniques to
earnest attempts to achieve spiritual enlightenment, but all of them are proven
to significantly reduce a participant’s stress. If anything, meditation
provides a person with a set to relax and contemplate, an exercise often
forgotten in the business world.
yourself before others
Spiritual individuals tend to be more
comfortable in their skin because they devote a large amount of time to
understanding the thoughts and desires that crowd their head. There’s a lesson
to be learned from such people: if you feel comfortable enough with yourself,
then you’ll have fewer inhibitions holding you back. For networking
professionals, that could mean achieving a level of self confidence to the
point where you’re entirely comfortable talking to someone else. Meditation,
prayer, and serious self reflection can help you ask and answer serious questions
about yourself that you might not have previously addressed.
Of course I don’t think that everyone
requires an intense bout of self exploration in order to be a competent
businessperson, but it helps to know your feelings and motivations in a
profession where communication is paramount. Some people go their whole lives
without facing certain truths about their past, their relationships, or even
their career goals. Forming a healthy dialogue with yourself is one way to
confront and understand those truths. And once you come to terms with whatever
it is that pesters your thoughts, you’ll become a much more successful
way to pique client interest
You can use your spirituality as a
critical tool as you network among professionals in your field. For example,
you might have the opportunity to confide in someone about a how your
spirituality helped you to overcome some personal conflict in the workplace. Or
you might offer some basic tips for meditating to a client who complains about
feeling overworked and stressed out. Of course, you want to limit your
spiritual conversations to occasions where it’s appropriate.
The point is that you can let others in
on your spirituality without sounding preachy, New Agey, or downright weird.
It’s a matter of demonstrating to someone the practical benefits of
spirituality. You simply have to show how spirituality makes your personal and
professional life better. If you’ve listened to your instincts, then you’ll
likely have an avid listener.
This guest post is contributed by Lauren Bailey, who regularly
writes for accredited online colleges. She
welcomes your comments at her email Id: blauren99