CPA Practice Advisor

JUN 2018

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JUNE 2018 ■ 17 THE LEADERSHIP ADVISOR biofeedback wherein scientists can track these changes. Biofeedback therapy has been used to transform those neurological processes that were once automatic to become voluntary instead. Biofeedback therapy isn't yet affordable and accessible to everyone, but you don't need to use high-tech machines to learn from biofeedback principles. You can glean a great deal about how your physical state and mood are interconnected if you pay closer attention to it and respond accordingly. The next time you acknowledge the feeling of confidence — on those days where everything feels like it is going right — pay attention to how you feel physically and emotionally. Note your heart rate, breathing patterns, and any other markers you are able to identify. Then, when you're feeling less- than-confident (maybe you're about to give a presentation, or attend an important networking event), try to take yourself back and replicate the physical characteristics of your most confident and authentic self. You'll find that putting your body into a state of confidence will produce a similar feeling in your mind. You might say that creating an experience of "mind over matter" or being more mindful of your surrounding and how you are feeling can benefit you at the most critical points in your day or week. Alternately, you can think of this as reverse-engineering confidence when you need to. HOW I'VE USED MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES, AND HOW YOU CAN TOO When I get nervous or feel a sense of anticipation coming on before a meeting or presentation, I try to center myself with a few deep breaths and audible exhales. Another tactic I use can be to simply close my eyes and sit silently for a few minutes, monitoring the flow of my breath. All of these, and many more practices, can help settle your nerves and allow you to approach an uncomfortable situation with confidence. You should use any mindfulness techniques that allow you to decrease your heart rate and lower stress levels when you need it most so you don't hold yourself back from something you want. You don't need reams of data, after all, to know when you're feeling up and when you're feeling down. Maybe one day, we'll all have the option to experience biofeedback therapy and understand the precise physiological markers of our moods. Until then, we'll have to rely on old-school methods of listening to our bodies and putting ourselves in a confident mindstate. Closing the gender pay gap won't happen overnight, but it's a battle that benefits everyone in the workplace, not just women. We often look outside ourselves for others to fix it, but with practice and consistency of pushing ourselves to approach career opportunities in a different way, we may be able to break that glass ceiling after all. ■ Closing the gender pay gap won't happen overnight, but it's a battle that benefits everyone in the workplace, not just women. 43% OF YOUR CLIENTS NEED HELP WITH PAYROLL SERVICES Learn Why Savvy Accountants Offer Payroll A New Report from SurePayroll and Source Media Research Read the Report Now Visit: Or call: 800-483-2187

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