There’s a reason why wildly successful CEOs like LinkedIn’s Jeff Weiner swear by meditation. Studies show it can change your brain matter, reduce stress, and help entrepreneurs and business leaders make better decisions.
In other words…
Meditation makes us more mindful so that we pay attention and do less dumb stuff.
We make less mistakes because meditation improves executive functions like attention and self-regulation. That’s why it’s a great weight loss tool, a good study aid, a great creativity facilitator, make us better leaders, better parents and partners, and on and on and on.
How can it do all that? Simple. Meditation makes you more AWARE — you start seeing everything clearly. You become smarter and saner.
Some people still confuse meditation with religion. In a SuperSoul Sunday interview Deepak Chopra explained meditation this way:
“It has nothing to do with belief or ideology or doctrine. It’s a simple mental technique to go to the source of thought.”
Meditation is a practice of focused thinking… or not thinking. What you connect with during your practice can be spiritual, but for entrepreneurs and many non-spiritual practitioners, meditation is more about becoming aware of what’s going on inside you.
Some of what’s going on within the entrepreneur’s mind is pure genius. Meditation can help you access it. I incorporate meditation into many of my coaching programs because they help with transitions and anything that will require stick-to-itiveness.
The late Steve Jobs described his practice to his biographer Walter Isaacson like this:
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things–that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before.”
The apps Wired magazine recommends in this video are a great place to start your meditation education.
The coach says:
- Start paying attention to how you operate in one single area of your life — family and relationships, work, school, finances, nutrition and health?
- Ask yourself, what is one executive skill that would greatly benefit me in this area? Put simply, “What could I improve to make this area of my life better?
- Let’s say your area is school and the thing that would most help you do better in school is improved focus and concentration…
- Google meditation for concentration and start learning types of meditation that targets concentration
Good luck with this!!