The Greats Meditate

Steve Jobs

Meditation always seemed like some hippie, tree-hugging, granola thing that required a certain down-to-earthiness that I knew as a Type-A, I did NOT possess.  In the past, when I was stressed at work and a colleague recommended meditation, I’d politely thank them and walk away thinking about how much I had to do and that I didn’t have the time to sit cross-legged with my palms up, chanting or humming or whatever was done. Honestly, the thought of doing something like that stressed me out even more than I already was.

When I reached the point in my career where most people would be satisfied with the title and pay I possessed, I realized that I wasn’t fulfilled and still wanted more out of my career, but the things that used to work to propel me forward, simply weren’t getting me any further.

That’s when I started researching what the top CEO’s and Entrepreneurs have in common and learned that many of them meditate.

Thankfully, I’m not dumb enough to think I know better than Oprah, so I bought my first book on meditating and committed myself to 40 days of the practice.

I certainly haven’t mastered the art of meditation, but I realize that I’m more mindful, self-aware, less stressed, happier, and by starting each day off with meditation, I’m accomplishing more at a faster pace than ever before. Another great benefit is that I’m becoming more open to new ideas and even hired a business coach that I’m learning incredible amounts from.

I’m not a meditation guru and the only advice I can provide is this:

  • Read a book on meditation that provides instruction and describes the benefits
  • Commit to your practice for at least 3 minutes for 30 days, preferably first thing in the morning. The first week, I only did 1 minute a day as I was still a skeptic, but even that 1 minute produced results.
  • Be aware of your thoughts. If you find your mind drifting to your day’s to-do list, etc., there’s no need to chastise yourself. Simply redirect your focus back to your mediation.
  • Start with positive thoughts. For the first 40 days I meditated on very simple affirmations that set the tone for my day. I’ve listed some of these for you:
    • My thoughts create my reality, so I focus on positivity
    • I am happy for the success of others – there’s enough for all of us
    • I have infinite potential to accomplish my goals and dreams
    • The attitude and energy I put out is what I receive back
    • When I focus on what I do have, I create more of what I want.

I recommend downloading the free app “Spirit Junkie” for more of these short daily affirmations for meditation.

There’s no reason to start meditating because I’m recommending it and you can Google all the CEO’s who practice meditation and believe it’s a key component in their success.

I’ll just leave you with these 3 names: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey. BAM!

 

#dailyaffirmations #meditate #Oprah

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