Naz Beheshti distills the most valuable lessons she learned from her first boss and mentor, Steve Jobs, into a holistic method to live your best life. Presenting the highly effective framework that Beheshti has used with clients for over a decade, this book is a guide for self-discovery, better choices, and purposeful growth.
Now more than ever, when stress and burnout are ubiquitous, we must access our authentic self by closing the gap between leading with our head and our heart. When we integrate every aspect of our life (career, relationships, self-care, and self-development) and fuel that ecosystem as a whole, we can both be well and do well. Rooted in neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, Pause. Breathe. Choose. offers more than eighty proven strategies to improve yourself and your workplace and achieve sustainable success.
When you become the CEO of your well-being you will:
• master mindfulness to access your authentic self and make better choices • strengthen emotional intelligence to cultivate stronger connections • upgrade your mindset and behavior to take charge of your life • manage stress and build resilience to bounce forward and thrive • connect your head and your heart to lead with passion and purpose • gain greater energy, clarity, and creativity to navigate change and growth with confidence • improve leadership effectiveness, employee well-being and engagement, and company culture
“Naz Beheshti’s book, Pause. Breathe. Choose., provides practical tools to unlock your highest potential for total well-being.” — Deepak Chopra, author of Total Meditation
“Pause. Breathe. Choose. is a go-to guide for anyone who wants to take charge of their life and reach their true potential. You’ll be delighted by the beautiful prose and the helpful structure of each chapter. I urge you to let this wonderful book be a game changer for you.” — BJ Fogg, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Tiny Habits and behavior scientist, Stanford University
“Pause. Breathe. Choose. The title itself conveys everything we need to know to become more thoughtful and fulfilled in work and life. Naz Beheshti’s new book reminds us that the pursuit of doing well need not get in the way of well-being. Anyone seeking more fulfillment in their life will find something in this book to help.” — Amy C. Edmondson, professor, Harvard Business School, and author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
“When I was the chief medical officer of Johnson & Johnson, we operated with the belief that well-being is mission critical. Driving and promoting well-being is about helping each person bring out their best, front and center. Everyone can be their best self regardless of how they look, where they are, or what their profession is. I’ve had the honor of working with Naz Beheshti on several well-being projects, and after reading her new book, Pause. Breathe. Choose., I believe it brings tremendous value to leaders in the industry who recognize that good health is good business. Naz has eloquently articulated a roadmap to living well and being well, as well as demonstrating the ‘how’ for leaders to apply well-being principles and create a strong culture of health within their organizations. I highly recommend you read and implement this book!” — Fikry Isaac, MD, MPH, former chief medical officer and head of global health services, Johnson & Johnson
“Pause. Breathe. Choose. is an engaging read, with relevant stories and practical tools. It helped me pause and think about what’s most important to me. Naz Beheshti shares a roadmap of small steps that can bring positive energy to every aspect of our lives — challenges and opportunities; work and personal life; physical, mental, and emotional well-being.” — Avid Modjtabai, former senior executive vice president, Wells Fargo
“This book offers valuable tools to help you deal with all the craziness. Too often we just keep running on the treadmill without thinking about what is really going on. Pausing and becoming more aware is the key — the key to everything. If you want to embody the phrase ‘the journey is the reward,’ you really ought to read this book!” — Mike Slade, partner and cofounder, Second Avenue Partners, and former strategic advisor to Steve Jobs
“Many business leaders forget one important aspect of leading others, and that is to lead with both the head and the heart. Naz Beheshti has studied the techniques of the best leaders and combined that knowledge with her unique style and innovation to present an effective method to integrate every aspect of your best self into your career and life. Read this book and you’ll gain confidence in leadership, and your well-being will skyrocket!” — Sari Feinberg, senior media and entertainment marketing executive
“Naz Beheshti’s book, Pause. Breathe. Choose., is a must-read for executives, leaders, and everyone who wants to thrive professionally and personally. The actionable, practical suggestions in the book are gems!” — Behnam Tabrizi, Stanford University’s world-renowned expert in transformation
“This book helps us take back our power at a time in history when we have been conditioned to place achievement and success over all else. The pressure to succeed and achieve in our society is immense, and with the global pandemic it has intensified to an unbearable degree. Well-being and health are truly our greatest wealth, and Naz Beheshti provides a roadmap back to our authentic selves, our greatest potential, true success, and vibrant well-being. Pause. Breathe. Choose. is a gift to anyone who feels stuck, overwhelmed, powerless, or defeated in career or life in general. As empowering as it is enlightening, this book will help set in motion a new generation of thrivers.” — Kelly Noonan Gores, writer/director of the HEAL documentary
“Naz Beheshti’s insights into overcoming the challenges and obstacles that get in the way of achieving our goals, pursuing our dreams, and experiencing fulfillment provide both a starting point and a roadmap for taking control of one’s life, career, and well-being. Through her experience working for the iconic Steve Jobs, serving in roles at several Fortune 500 companies, and embarking upon a more-than-two-decades-long wellness journey, Naz has established herself as not only a wellness thought leader but as the CEO of her own successful company. As someone who has worked with Naz and her company professionally, I can attest that this book provides access to the wealth of knowledge, practices, and tools that can help companies, as well as individuals, bring well-being and mindfulness into their lives and the lives of their employees and clients. I highly recommend Pause. Breathe. Choose. to anyone who is either in a leadership position or aspires to be in one, and to anyone seeking a guide to help them achieve both personal and professional well-being.” — Paul Scialla, founder and CEO of Delos and founder of International WELL Building Institute
“A clear and inspiring guide to living, working, and choosing a path of profound well-being.” — Marc Lesser, former CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
“Taking responsibility and being accountable for our actions and our choices are cornerstones that I believe will set you on a path toward your optimum well-being. In her book, Pause. Breathe. Choose., Naz Beheshti brings together years of passionate service to others, a quest to shine a brighter light on purposeful leadership, and lessons learned from working closely with one of the greatest innovators and minds of our time. Through this lens we get a rare snapshot and blueprint of how each and every one of us can apply for the job and succeed at being the CEO of our well-being.” — Joe Cross, filmmaker, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead