In a society that deeply values productivity, speed, and external rewards, we often find ourselves with less of what we really long for: space, clarity, connection with others, and a sense of well-being. Our attempts to improve our lives and bottom lines by adding more to our calendars, expanding our to-do lists, and constantly being plugged in to technology is backfiring. Instead of getting more done, our minds are spinning, leaving us stressed, disconnected, and unable to focus. Drop In challenges our assumptions about the effectiveness of our busy lives and offers a compelling alternative approach to success by inviting people to learn how to “drop in” to the present moment. Deepening our awareness of the present moment, asserts Sara Harvey Yao, is the most efficient and sustainable way to navigate the complexities of work and life and to access our clarity, connection, and courage so we can lead more powerfully. Full of practical tools, Drop In will help busy professionals get out of the spin cycle of their minds and tune in to their already-existing wisdom and clarity.
The last book included in the 2017 Winter Reading Challenge (#Wintervention) is Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence by Sara Yao. I knew that this wasn’t Sara’s first book, but I have never read any of her other writings.
I loved what I learned about “auto-pilot” and how I live my life that way. I’m going through the motions, I’m checking things off my list, but am I really living? Some of the symptoms Sara discusses are the some of the same symptoms that I actually have such as being irritated or cranky and not knowing why, I don’t get enough sleep or exercise, I have a hard time going to sleep because my mind is spinning about yesterday or tomorrow. The symptom speaking the loudest to me was when I think about making a change, it feels overwhelming, so I keep doing what I’m doing.
I definitely recommend Drop In to any of you who might be trying to get out of “auto-pilot” mode themselves so they can be more aware Highly recommend ‘Drop In’ for those looking to move from having lives that seem to run on ‘autopilot’ to being aware of their emotional responses, learning the triggers of those, and becoming conscious enough of them to break those patterns. Sara does an outstanding job giving real world examples of her clients, who both in their home and work lives, have realized thru their work with her that they have emotional patterns that create stress or hold them back personally or professionally. Sara is able to, in an approachable and easily readable format, explain the practices, tools and techniques used to break through those patterns and unlock a more stable, present and “in control” you.
Sara Harvey Yao is an Executive Leadership Consultant who specializes in helping leaders strengthen their presence and improve their impact. She is the founder of Yao Consulting Group and has personally developed more than 4,000 leaders across the globe, including executives from Microsoft, Brooks Athletics, and Smuckers. Her work has been seen on CNBC, NPR Marketplace, and Bloomberg Business Week, and she is the author of the book Get Present: Simple Strategies to Get Out of Your Head and Lead More Powerfully.
Yao is the mother of two school-aged boys, Ethan and Logan, and has been married to her husband, Jesse, since 1998. Today, dedicated to the same level of growth she asks of clients, Sara’s life is marked by depth, meaning and joy. In addition, Gus, their mini-Golden-Doodle, most definitely has her heart. Dance is her passion and as a former competitive ballroom dancer and lover of Latin music, both of remind her there’s a distinct rhythm and flow to life.
In exchange for this post, I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from the publishers and BookSparks as part of the Winter Reading Challenge #Wintervention 2017 (#WRC2017).