Need More Focus? Want to Improve Your Performance?

Building a solid business requires great focus and performance.  As a business owner, you have to look at how to be much more productive and better at what you do. Meditation can help.

Meditation isn’t just about finding yourself. Scientific studies show the positive effects of meditation on the brain. Some of the benefits include enhanced memory processes, emotional regulation, and perspective taking.  Here’s how it can help you in your business.

Focus on what matters. Meditation can help you pay attention to what really matters. There is so much information coming at us daily, it can be difficult to remain agile and focused.  The practice of meditation teaches us to slow down give our full attention to the most important tasks at hand.

More control. Meditation helps you to stay in the present moment as opposed to worrying about the next dismal economic report or other  negative news. Not that some of those things aren’t important.  Just don’t let yourself  get caught up in what happens next versus taking care of what is in front of you  By dealing with what you can control and letting go of what you cannot, you’ll make better decisions.  Approaching  problems in a non-judgmental and non-reactive way also leads  to better results.

Better stress management. The best part about meditation is that anyone can do it–anywhere–for free.  You don’t have to go off on a ten-day mountain retreat, or take up yoga or tai chi (although any of those activities can be great stress busters too). Regular meditation will help you be prepared to handle the ups and downs of growing and managing  your business.

How do you do it? Here are five easy steps to meditate and establish calm.

Pause  Turn off cell phones, TV’s and computers;  eliminate any distractions and give yourself a moment of quiet. The immediate physical impact: blood pressure decreases, and brain activity is less frenzied.

Get comfortable  Relax in your favorite chair or sit on a cushion. The physical environment should not be a distraction.

Focus on your breath. Just notice the in-and-out flow of your breath, and stay focused on that sensation. Breathe from your diaphragm not your chest.

Clear your mind If your to-do list immediately comes to mind, you can put it aside by reminding yourself  ‘I’ll catch up with this thought later.”  In my experience, this takes some practice, but is definitely worth the effort

Practice Daily A meditation session can be as short as five minutes, sitting on the edge of the bed when you first wake up. There is no formula. Make it work for you.

Give try for a week and share your results.  How has meditation helped you?