Hello SOTGC community,
During a recent flight, I read an interview article about Jimmy Fallon in one of those magazines the airline provides. As I read through his personal experiences and his approach to creating his show, something hit me: Jimmy Fallon knows a thing or two about mindfulness.
The article didn’t actually mention mindfulness, but, the more I read about his life, the more I realized that mindfulness was without a doubt a part of his life, and, I believe, part of why he is so popular.
So without further ado, here is what Jimmy Fallon can teach us about mindfulness.
Jimmy understands that relationships are built by experiencing life together.
Let’s look at the classic hosted show format. The host comes out and tells a few jokes about what’s happening in the world that week, and then out comes a guest and the host questions him or her about their life. Then maybe the host interviews a second person, and then they say their “goodnights.” Pretty standard and interesting based on who the guest is but nothing too exciting.
On the Tonight Show, Jimmy takes a different approach. Instead of simply having a conversation with the guest, he makes memories with them, right there on the stage, for the entire world to see.
It isn’t scripted, and it doesn’t always go the way they might have planned, but that is what is so humanizing about the whole thing. And, what do you know, the audience loves it!
Take for example, when Billy Joel was a guest on the Tonight Show. Jimmy pulled out a new app called loopy, that allows you to record multiple voice loops that make it seem like you’re doing six-part harmony all by yourself. They each took turns singing a different melody line from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and it was a blast to watch, not just because the app was cool but because we got to see a little bit of each of their personalities. Somehow it made you feel closer to who they really are.
He did the same type of thing with Cameron Diaz when they played roller golf.
So what does this have to do with mindfulness?
Well, mindfulness is all about being in the present without judgment, and Jimmy takes every chance he has to enjoy the “now” instead of discussing the past or future. He is never afraid to be silly and authentic, and he creates that environment on his show so that his guests don’t feel judged but welcomed and empowered.
If we approached every relationship in this same way, I believe we would find ourselves with stronger relationships and greater successes, with the added bonus of having a few laughs along the way.
So what will you do to help empower those around you today?