5 Ways How Mindfulness Meditation and Practice Helps Improve Your Business
Mindfulness and meditation aren’t exactly things we immediately associate with hustling entrepreneurs. But more and more of us are integrating it in our lives to further not only our personal well-being but our businesses. And with good reason.
Mindfulness meditation helps reduce stress, anxiety and conflict. It increases resilience and empathy, boosts faster learning abilities and helps us consider alternative perspectives instead of just reacting to a new situation on autopilot.
Perfect for growing your business, right?
So let’s dig deeper and unearth the ways in which practicing mindfulness on a daily basis benefits your business and its success.
1. Improves Focus & Productivity
Meditation helps people learn how to manage distractions.
We live and work with so many distractions all around us every day. Emails, text messages, social media feeds and chat platforms are constantly buzzing and dinging at us to get our attention - and divert it away from what’s actually important.
Regular meditation can help you develop an inner voice that is able to shut down those distractions and ultimately become louder than any of them.
Practice meditation right before a challenging task or project; it will clear and reset your mind, and you’ll be able to process and finish tasks with more efficiency. It will help you develop and direct your focus to where it’s needed most.
2. Heightens Emotional Intelligence
Being mindful means being aware of our experiences, observing them without judgement, and responding to them from a state of peace, clarity and compassion instead of fear. Being able to do this improves our emotional intelligence, which in turn has a great many benefits for business, especially if you’re working with a team or leading employees.
Emotional intelligence in the work place improves and supports
a positive work environment
strong, healthy team dynamics
good manager-employee relationships
effective management styles
making informed choices rather than rash decisions
healthy strategies for preventing and dealing with conflict
3. Enhances Creativity
Creativity makes the world go round - and forward. It develops new products, finds innovative solutions to problems, and redesigns processes in more effective and efficient ways. Studies show that we’re more creative in a relaxed state, which allows us to look at problems from different angles rather than adhering to “the usual” process.
We are better able to consider a wide range of possibilities and hone in on the right one when our mind isn’t already engaged in the psychological equivalent of a heavy-duty workout. And meditation helps us cut through the noise and constant chatter not only around us but in our mind, to focus on that place of calm and clarity where creativity thrives.
4. Improves Communication
Being mindful when communicating with others means having a heightened awareness of both our own and the other person’s verbal and nonverbal communication while taking a non-judgmental stance. Being present and aware gives us more choices in responding to difficult communications.
Awareness of previous anxiety and letting go of judgment reduces emotional reactivity. It increases the likelihood of a constructive and informed response in case of conflict. Rather than having misunderstandings pile up until the inevitable explosion, mindful colleagues will actively confront and resolve conflict among each other by keeping communication open. Mindful people understand the value of dealing with conflict openly and calmly before it ever becomes a real problem.
5. Turns Failure Into A Positive Experience
We may not see it, but today’s super successful entrepreneurs have succeeded through trial and error, and have often failed more than once. And let’s be honest: we wouldn’t be doing this entrepreneurship thing if deep down we didn’t like a little bit of risk, right? Otherwise we digital nomads would stay in our corporate, 9-to-5 jobs and settle down in one place.
A part of us revels in this fear of the unknown and drives us harder to succeed. It’s a part of who we are.
With risk comes failure - but it’s how we deal with that failure that defines how we move forward. Mindfulness meditation helps us turn failure into a positive feeling, by teaching us how to manage those emotions effectively and productively, and learn from them. Mindfulness lets us flick the switch back to the smart parts of our brain that put us back in control of our emotions and enable us to choose a positive response.
It helps us realize that we can’t change the past or other people, but that we can change ourselves; that we are in control of ourselves. Regular practice of mindfulness increases the brain's ability to repair itself and grow new neural connections that will build a positive, solution-oriented mindset.
Do you practice mindfulness meditation? Have you found it makes a difference for your business? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!
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