Meditation enables you to focus on the present and identify negative attitudes. Practice it daily.
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Running a business can be a roller coaster ride of emotions, and it’s easy to get caught between worries about the future or frustrations from the past. The meditation helps to focus on the present, which makes it easier for the entrepreneur to deal better with every situation and to have a more balanced lifestyle.
Meditation also reduces anxiety and burnout. By preparing yourself to be in the moment, you can develop patience, resolve problems more calmly, and treat yourself and others better when things go wrong.
The meditation process is simple: sit upright in a comfortable position on your desk, chair, or floor and set a timer for 10 minutes. Fix your eyes on a point no more than three feet away and focus on your breathing. When thoughts arise, notice them and let go of them.
The challenge is to make this exercise a daily discipline and be ready to work on your negative habits and behaviors. You have to be very generous with yourself; Obstacles and frustrations come, but shout back mentally.
The benefits of meditation may seem too subtle at first, but regular practice can help you in your workspace in three ways:
1. Quit having unproductive thoughts
People tend to be obsessed with common issues like frustrations with a coworker, concerns about future presentations, or regrets about past behaviors.
These types of thoughts become habitual distractions that affect relationships and decision-making. Meditation is a training tool that you can use to familiarize yourself with repetitive thoughts. To break these patterns during the working day, it is advisable to take a short break every hour.
If this happens, stop looking at your computer screen and focus on your breathing, noticing the thoughts that arise and letting go of them. That way you start every hour with a new point of view that will help you stay focused.
2. Focus on what you want to be
Meditation is a process of learning who you are, what you want to be, and how to get there. Recognizing thought patterns during meditation allows you to become aware of your habits and decide which to keep and which to let go. This awareness makes it easy to set clear intentions for the desired effect.
In order to add value to the world through your work, you need to develop your business goals and practice the qualities that you want to cultivate. For example, if you want to be generous, ask yourself what it means to start a business built on generosity and what actions you must take on a daily basis to be a generous leader.
The values you choose should be reflected in your products, business, and corporate culture.
3. Trust your innate wisdom
Buddhists believe that everyone has innate wisdom that is basically the essence of who you are. It is the root of instincts, creativity and inspiration. When an idea occurs to you, it is your innate wisdom at work.
Meditation enables you to access this wisdom by being in the present. As you practice this exercise, identify the moments in your day when you felt good and real. These are the ones who express your innate wisdom. Keep in mind that it will take time before you feel completely authentic. Meditation is not a quick step in achieving this authenticity, but it is a sure one.