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The Precession Effect: How Presence of Mind Exponentiates Business Success

Jun 13, 2023

The precession effect is much like karma: It means that what you give, you receive. For example, it seems that every time I give my time or money to a worthwhile cause, it comes back to me many times over.

What does the precession effect have to do with business?

The precession effect of a cold call would probably be the receiver avoiding the person making the call. Have you experienced a car warranty call lately? Conversely, genuine community service work with a nonprofit generates relationships with other leaders and may create business partnerships.


This is not the primary reason to serve, but it’s a predictable and profitable side effect of being out in the world with other leaders.


How do I manifest the precession effect for my business?

Infinite precessional effects emerge when practicing mindfulness. Listed here are just some of the effects of a regular mindfulness practice on your business’s success:


  • Being mindful to promote peace and tranquility leads to better business decisions through awareness and detachment.
  • Identifying your purpose in life dramatically improves motivation and presence, allowing business to thrive.
  • Taking actions that don’t provide an immediate reward—like community service work or a random act of kindness—may seem to be an unrelated use of time and energy to business, but “nothing happens until something moves,” and positive actions establish positive reaction, or karma.
  • Practicing nonjudgment increases understanding, awareness, acceptance, and performance.
  • Caring and compassion for some people may seem to be a contradiction to profit motivation in the short run; however, improving relationships and serving a larger purpose is at the core of business performance in the long run.
  • Making money creates the opportunity for you to make a bigger impact on humanity—affluence increases influence.
  • Generosity and community service may seem like a money and time suck; however, by the precession effect, both can generate business as a side effect.
  • Acknowledging we know very little absolutely may feel like admitting incompetence, when in reality it creates humility, credibility, and awareness, and improves performance.


The effects of mindfulness are enormous and often counterintuitive. It takes understanding and awareness to notice the precession effects that are everywhere but not obvious, like mindfulness improving the bottom line.


If while reading this you find something counterintuitive to your understanding, step back and ask yourself, what are the side effects (or precession effects) of this action?

When we do nothing, we create nothing. We were born to take action with Presence. Mindful action creates mindful responses, including the precession effect, and establishes our karma, or the cause and effect of an action.

I wrote a book, Profit with Presence: The 12 Pillars of Mindful Leadership, which goes in to further detail about this topic and more.

Although the world is currently abuzz with the term “mindfulness,” some believe mindfulness is a fringe activity to be practiced before or after the workday, if at all. Too few business professionals take the time needed to be present and aware throughout the workday, which is counterproductive. Mindfulness is not only a path to personal success, but a sound business strategy.  

My hope is to positively impact the world through infusing more mindfulness into business -- and it starts with each of us individually. Together, we can create a future where mindfulness is deeply embedded in our work culture, leading to greater well-being, productivity, and meaningful success for all.

- Dr Eric Holsapple


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