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Why Meditation is Essential for Entrepreneurs
If you thought practices like meditation or deep-breathing were only for “New-Agey” types, think again. Many successful entrepreneurs have improved focus, creativity, concentration and productivity by using it. That’s because learning to quiet all that noise in one’s head is essential for achieving success for multiple reasons. The co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, famously used the practice and inspired others to do so as well, including founder of SalesForce Marc Benioff who started after Jobs recommended that he “be mindful and project the future.”
Houston area realtors and others who are seeking to reach the top of their game but have never tried meditation may want to take advantage of the Houston Zen Center which offers a free one-hour introductory class on the first Wednesday of the month as well as retreats and classes year-round. But no matter where you are in the country, meditation is something that can be learned independently or with a teacher. Those who are looking for a great realtor are likely to appreciate having a professional on their side that knows how to stay calm and focused under stress, whether they’re hoping to sell their home or buy a new house.
So why is meditation so important for all entrepreneurs?
Being an entrepreneur has been linked to higher levels of stress as compared to the typical 9-to-5 employee. When you’re under a great amount of stress, rarely taking time for yourself, it takes a toll on physical and mental health, ultimately harming efforts for success.
Germany’s University of Heidelberg conducted research in 2012 that revealed type 2 diabetes patients who engaged in meditation experienced less psychological stress (and fewer instances of depression), something that any entrepreneur, diabetic or not, can take advantage of. Everyone needs an outlet for stress relief, including business owners, and meditation is one of the best techniques for this purpose.
Boosting Brain Power
Meditation practice has been found to boost cognition, or brain power. It helps to increase focus and concentration which leads to better decision making too. Research published in a June 2010 issue of Consciousness and Cognition found that even just brief meditation training (four sessions) was able to improve cognition in participants. They were found to have enhanced non-verbal and verbal reasoning, experience happier moods and an increased ability to retain information.
You’ll Sleep Better and Have More Energy the Next Day
Those who meditate tend to enjoy a better night’s rest, allowing them to sustain higher energy levels during the day. Consistently sleeping seven to eight hours a night aids in regulating circadian rhythms, in turn increasing energy levels that last throughout the day. Research published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that those who underwent mindfulness-based stress reduction, utilizing meditation for an eight-week period, enjoyed improved quality of sleep and reduced sleep disturbances, as well as reduced stress and fatigue, and a better mood the next day.