At the PUSH Agency, we live and breath by our core values. They were put in place to ensure the success of every member of our team and therefore the success of our company as a whole. One of the most impactful of these values is “Be Zen.” A recent chat with Cat Cherland, national accounts manager, and Lisa Marks, sales manager, revealed just how powerful the zen mindset can be in helping us achieve our goals, not just in the work environment, but in every area of life.
PUSH is a fast-paced environment with lots of activity at any given time ––there’s a lot we have to juggle. Of course, this also means it can be all too easy to get overwhelmed, but as Cat says “you can make a conscious choice on how to deal with the everyday pressure.” Indeed, being zen is a choice. Those who are practiced at it may make it look easy – like it’s just their innate personality – but the truth of the matter is it takes practice and real effort.
According to Cat, one of the keys to maintaining that even keel is to remember everything is impermanent (“this too shall pass” is a good mantra when you’re stressed) and not everything is within our control. However, with that said, being prepared and having a contingency plan in place is imperative to ensuring the best possible outcome.
“Hope for the best, but plan for the worst,” Lisa explains. “Expect for something to go wrong and know ahead of time how you’ll handle it. Because inevitably, something will always come up, but if you’re ready for it, it won’t be a problem.”
It can be easy to fall into freak-out mode when situations don’t go as anticipated. But it’s how we respond that either exacerbates the issue or resolves it.
“Any time we complain or let ourselves get to a place of panic, we’re not being skillful,” Cat says. “The more time we waste talking about things and operating from a place of frenzy, the less we’re actually doing to solve the problem.”
Our energy impacts everything we do and everyone around us, thus mindfullness is imperative. The more we embody
zen under pressure, taking a step back and thinking rationally about what we’re facing, the more peaceful the entire environment surrounding us will become. Again, it comes down to choice. If you choose to let a problem consume you, it absolutely will. If you choose to remain calm and have confidence you can find a solution, you will.