Interview with Julie Rosenberg

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Julie Rosenberg, MD is a physician executive who has worked in a variety of leadership roles in the pharmaceutical industry. She has actively practiced yoga for more than fifteen years, and has completed both 200hr and 500hr teacher trainings. Dr. Rosenberg teaches yoga primarily “beyond the mat,” helping individuals and groups to apply the principles and practice of yoga to their daily lives and to support their overall health and well-being, to achieve success, and to become more effective leaders. She lives in Connecticut and Florida. Find out more on the web at www.julierosenbergmd.com. Be sure to check out her upcoming publication, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence, and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga!

What are 3 things or experiences that bring you the greatest sense of fulfillment in life?

I was able to feel more fulfillment in life once I determined what was really important to me. Professionally, I enjoy helping people to find new avenues to support and maintain their good health. Personally, I love fitness, yoga, hiking, biking, and spending time in nature. I value spending quality time with family and friends.

What are small things you do everyday to be happy/fulfilled?

I wake up at 5:45am daily. I hit the gym most days by 6:30am, and I feel great after a good workout. When I don’t go to the gym, I take an early walk outdoors with my partner, and we typically go out to breakfast. This is sacred time for us, since we both have demanding jobs.

I also read each day, even if only for a short time. I believe that the brain requires “exercise” to keep it strong and healthy. In recent years, I have also been writing daily to keep myself fresh and engaged.

People often find they don’t have enough time. How do you make time for those?  

There are two key things that add to the idea that we don’t have enough time. The first is multitasking. People who try to do too much at once will most often find themselves less productive. This is because multitasking is a myth. The brain cannot do two things at once. We are actually task-switching when we multitask: rather than focusing well on one thing, we divide our attention between things. We make more errors when we switch than when we do one thing at a time.

The second contributor is lack of focus. Many of us are guilty of succumbing to environmental pressure and we lose focus. If we can stay in the present, we will enjoy where we are and what we are doing in the here and now more—and get more done!

What health habits do you stick to no matter what?

I exercise five to six days per week, and I also do a short personal yoga and meditation practice daily. I do this because I really enjoy it and because it helps me to: 1.) Feel good, 2.) Calm my mind, 3.) Concentrate better, 4.) Focus, and 5.) Look good. This practice really supports a balanced life and a happy life. I also think that these practices support healthy aging.

What’s your best relationship tip?  

Give to get. By this I mean that we need to invest in relationships and give to others. Relationships are two-way streets. We can’t simply be takers. And what we offer needn’t be tangible such as material gifts—it can be things like listening, support, and compassion.

You seem to balance both happiness and success. What’s your secret to being happy and productive? 

I love what I do. Certainly, I don’t love everything every moment. But the sum of the various things in which I am engaged brings me a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Success does not make us happy, but I think that happiness leads to success.

What – in your opinion – is the best way to spread happiness and fulfillment to others?

Be a hero. This does not need to be on a big scale. It can mean noticing and helping a perfect stranger you encounter during your day. Small acts of kindness and compassion for others work can also wonders for you.

What is a quote you live by?

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

Check out Dr. Julie Rosenberg’s upcoming publication, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence, and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga, set to be released on December 5th, 2017!

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