Success is important to us – that is obvious. Why else would we work as hard as we do if the reward wasn’t worth it? Whether you manage a massive corporate company, or own a small start-up business, chances are you are putting your heart and soul into your work because you want to thrive.
But have you ever thought that it could be this exact reason why we struggle with stress, exhaustion, anxiety and other setbacks?
Meditation for success is rising in popularity for a very simple reason: it’s easy to take care of our bodies, but often, we forget to nurture our spirits. At the end of the day, the foundations of success lie in our spirits; without it, we would have no motivation or inspiration, and therefore, no work ethic.
So how does one go about feeding the soul? You may think it all depends on following the advice of the many self-help books available on how to incorporate good habits into your life, how to lead and how to be a good boss. These techniques will work- if your spirit is already satisfied.
The key is to go back to the basics and strengthen your soul with a practise that has been around since ancient times: Meditation.
- It Increases Emotional Intelligence
Research in both neurology and psychology has proven that meditation makes us more empathetic, patient and understanding. Using meditation in your business will make you a better listener. You will become more compassionate too and for this reason your employees will be more trusting of you.
- It Improves Communication
When running a business, or playing as part of a team, communication is everything, but unfortunately, it’s one area in which most of us could stand to improve. Clear communication decreases the likelihood of discrepancies and mistakes, which leads to increased productivity and better moods all round. Better communication is a given once you are more empathetic.
- It Teaches You Control
At some point in your career, you are going to be tested by one of your employees or business partners. Perhaps they will make a massive blunder, or maybe they are misbehaving at work and need to be reprimanded. Our normal response to this would be one of anger or impatience, which can easily transform into cruelty. Since meditation makes us more compassionate and betters our communication, it teaches us to remain calm and to think before we speak. This way, anger will not get the best of you and in the long run this means less stress and negativity for everyone concerned.
- It Strengthens Your Relationships
With empathy, communication, resilience and compassion comes stronger, happier relationships. To re-iterate, this is crucial when you are a team player. If your company functions as one harmonious unit, your productivity will increase, as will the loyalty of both the people who work with/ for you and your clients.
- It Helps You Focus
Meditation doesn’t only improve the emotional and spiritual side of your business. It assists with intellectual functions as well. The first example of this is concentration. We are surrounded by so many distractions, research has proposed that our minds wander off at least 50% of the time we should spend focusing. Because many schools of meditation teach concentration, you can develop the skills necessary to block the rest of the world out and focus on your tasks at hand. This (like most other entries here) will boost your productivity, lessen your workload and decrease stress and anxiety.
- It Promotes Creativity
When we are stressed, anxious, depressed or upset; our reasoning, logic, and good ideas go out the window. But because meditation relaxes us (in the short term as well as in the long term), our potential for great ideas increases. This is vital when running a company because you are faced with many opportunities to stagnate. Meditation will make you more open minded, and it will keep your creative juices flowing.
- It Gives You Clarity
How did you get to where you are today? You had a vision and you worked at making it reality. Meditation centres us. If we know where we are, we can better prepare for where we are going and where we would like to be. This skill- planning- is crucial in any business.
Your Employees’ Lives Will Improve Too! Don’t believe it? It’s been mentioned time and time again. Meditation lowers our stress levels. No one enjoys working in a high-pressure environment. If you remain calm, your employees’ work ethic will dramatically improve. Therefore, productivity will increase. If your employees aren’t afraid of you, they’ll be more honest with you- which will give you a greater sense of clarity too! If your employees can trust you, they will be loyal to you. Less stress in the office also means less illness. Better health improves happiness. If everyone’s happy, success has already been achieved.