It is so easy to get carried away and caught up in everything around us. It can be hard to recognize our own triggers and our own unconscious behavioral patterns. So I appreciate and value Laura C. Cannon’s way of bringing conscious awareness practices to business. It is all explained in her book, The Conscious Entrepreneur: A Guide to Maximizing Your Potential for Success, Freedom, and Happiness. It truly is a transformative read!
The meditations and exercises provided in The Conscious Entrepreneur are great tools for any leader working with the emotional aspects of running a business. The tools provided also help calm obsessive thought patterns that arise from the day-to-day stresses that happen when running a business.
The Conscious Entrepreneur is a great resource for any entrepreneur that would like to find mindfulness practices that can apply specifically to business. I also would recommend this book for entrepreneurs that want a business in which people come before profit. I believe that if you put people first, the profits will follow.
The following is an interview with the author, Laura C. Cannon.
1. What are your tips for dealing with a difficult boss, co-worker, or employee?
Focus on what you can control. You can’t control a boss’ difficult attitude or your co-worker’s annoying habits.
What you can control is how you are responding. When you find yourself dealing with a difficult person, try to become super curious about what is happening inside of you in those moments. In my book I talk about a concept called, “You Spot It, You Got It.” It takes you through an exercise about how the things that are difficult for us to deal with in others are really just unidentified parts of ourselves. If you have someone in your life who is a constant source of stress, this activity is a must-do.
2. How do you deal with other people criticizing your work?
A wise teacher once told me, “Praise and blame are two sides of the same coin.” I do my very best to stay detached from both by focusing on gratitude, humility, and authenticity. Of course you hope people will get value out of what you create, but you can’t control that. I believe in staying true to myself, creating from the heart, and then totally letting go of the outcome.
3. What’s your best advice for dealing with adversity?
Change your perspective. Instead of focusing on the challenge, focus on what the benefits of the challenge are for you personally. I always ask myself, “If this experience was sent to me to teach me something, what is the lesson I am being asked to learn?”
4. What advice would you give to established business owners?
Take time away from “grinding the wheels” of your business to step back and re-evaluate how things are going. Often, we set out on a course and then we keep moving forward without stopping to re-assess things as we go. In my free video, “How to Find and Follow Your Calling,” I invite viewers to find three words that align them with their true purpose. Even if you have been “following your calling” for a long time, you can benefit from doing this exercise to check in and make sure you are still aligned with the path that will bring you the most success, freedom, and happiness.
5. Is your book applicable to people who don’t consider themselves to be entrepreneurs?
Absolutely! By nature, entrepreneurs are people who believe that they can create the life they want. However, there are plenty of people who work for someone else and still share this philosophy. Ultimately, my book speaks to anyone who wants to experience more joy, success, and freedom in their life. It focuses on six main principles that help you to self-actualize and live your best life – whether you are working for yourself or not.
About the Book
In this profound introduction to conscious entrepreneurship, author and business coach Laura C. Cannon teaches you how to harness your unique gifts and the power of your own consciousness to maximize your satisfaction – and deepen your enjoyment – of your business and your life. Grounded in research from the fields of modern psychology, eastern philosophy, and personal development, this book explains six core principles necessary for radical, transformational change – personally and professionally.
By teaching you to use your business as the vehicle for your personal growth, The Conscious Entrepreneur delivers timeless wisdom and practical exercises to help you think, act, and live the path to your highest potential – without adding to your already-packed schedule. Forget work-life balance, get ready to shift into work-life integration for more happiness, stronger relationships, and a higher return on your investment in every sense of the word.
About the Author
Laura C. Cannon is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, and coach with a deep passion for bridging the worlds of spirituality and business. In her new book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, Laura showcases a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and business-people to change their relationship with their working life.
A member of the prestigious National Speaker’s Association with more than 15 years of experience as a professional public speaker, Laura has a knack for delivering engaging and informative presentations. She’s spoken to groups ranging from 12 to 1200 on a wide range of topics, from office productivity to motivation and empowerment to mindfulness and meditation. Her true passion as an author and speaker lies in bridging the gap between business and spirituality, finding practical, down-to-earth applications for timeless universal wisdom. She has been a guest speaker for colleges, civic organizations, businesses, and associations.
Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.
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