As meditation continues to make it’s way into the world of business, many entrepreneurs are using the technique to clear a space in their minds.
Meditation helps to combat stress and anxiety in the mind and body by creating a calm, safe environment, and allowing time to focus on the present. Other benefits include uncovering your creative potential, heightened optimism, increased productivity and a renewed sensation of happiness.
Meditation can take many different forms, and there’s something for everyone, no matter your style or comfort level. Try out mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation, where inhalation, exhalation, and a scan of the body are the main focus. Or transcendental meditation, which uses a mantra or chant to clear the mind instead of just following your breath.
Even some of the world’s most elite athletes are using a mindfulness practice for post-workout recovery. What’s more is that you don’t have to meditate for hours a day to feel the benefits.
Even just a few minutes of sitting with your eyes closed and focusing on yourself in the moment can bring calm to an otherwise hectic, busy lifestyle. Meditation not only promotes a state of peace and quiet during the practice, but also a feeling of rejuvenation afterward, like you’ve just woken up from a nap. It’s been shown to significantly aid in feeling more energized and productive.
Here are 7 successful entrepreneurs who meditate, to stay focused, motivated, and productive.
The CEO and founder of the mega-famous Huffington Post learned how to meditate when she was just a teenager. During her adult life, she gave up the practice stating that she didn’t have time for another thing to “do.” But once she came to the realization that you don’t “do” meditation, that it in fact “does” you, she reintegrated it into her morning routine and attributes it as a huge factor in her success.
For a super organized person, meditation comes naturally as part of a successful morning routine. He says, “I’m addicted to the high function. To me, it’s a work thing. If you meditate, you can get so much work done. I always say to people, ‘you know how about three nights a year you get a good night’s sleep? You can have it every day with meditation.’”
Ray Dalia is the founder of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, and has been practicing meditation for 42 years. He attributes meditation to be the biggest factor, over anything else, in his success and uses it to help wash off stress and anxiety, spark new ideas, and promote both calmness and independent thinking.
Pat Flynn is an incredibly successful online marketing guru who started the Smart Passive Income Blog and Podcast. He is a big supporter of having a consistent morning routine, in which he incorporates transcendental meditation, a technique for avoiding distracting thoughts and promoting a state of relaxed awareness.
The legendary founder of Def Jam Records swears by meditation, saying that it makes you more focused, it gets you past “success” and “failure.” It lets you be more creative and it can make you happier and feel more connected to the world. He says, “no tool has made me a smarter, more focused and clearer thinking entrepreneur than meditation.”
The founder of hugely successful Green Mountain Coffee company is also a certified meditation instructor and says he meditates a few times a day. He also reads about both business and spirituality, which helps to keep him happy and productive. Employees at Green Mountain are entitled to free massages and health club reimbursement to keep everyone at peak levels of performance and happiness.
You might not expect the host of the UFC to rely on meditation to clear his mind, but he does. He says, “When I meditate, I can get into a really good state. I can achieve a good perspective, a good objective look at life and I can relieve myself of any unnecessary concerns. If you really devote yourself to achieving different states of consciousness, you can absolutely do it.”
Meditation is possibly the easiest way to de-stress your life on a healthy level, not to mention it’s completely free.
If you’re looking for an effective way to clear your mind and get focused on what’s truly important in your life, start adding a regular meditation practice into your daily routine.
Do you meditate? Let us know your experience in the comments below.
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