The ability to focus cannot be underrated. With so many sights and sounds in our environment and the never-ending confetti of our own thoughts, learning to quiet the noise is crucial to success.
Learning to turn down the volume of the outside and inner world increases our ability to direct our attention to the areas that need it most. One of the most effective ways to increase your brain power and be the entrepreneur you've always wanted to become is to meditate.
Here are 3 science-backed ways that entrepreneurs can benefit from mindfulness meditation:
1. Meditation improves cognition.
A study published in Consciousness and Cognition found that brief meditation training improved cognition. The researchers placed individuals into a treatment group that received four sessions of meditation or an active control group that received no mindfulness meditation.
Participants in the meditation group demonstrated higher measures of mood, better verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and an improved ability to hold and manipulate information in their heads.
Entrepreneurs need to be able to think quickly and process multiple pieces of information at the same time. Mindfulness meditation will help you increase your focus and ability to think with a sense of clarity that leads to improved decision-making.
If brief meditation can improve cognition, imagine what a disciplined practice could do.
2. Meditation improves sleep and energy levels.
A study looked to improve the lives of individuals struggling with cancer. The researchers applied a mindfulness-based stress reduction treatment for eight weeks and found that meditation decreased sleep disturbance and improved their quality of sleep.
The results also indicated a significant reduction in stress, mood disturbance, and fatigue.
Entrepreneurs need to have quality sleep and sustain high energy during the day. In order to maintain the type of grind that's needed, you need to have excellent sleep hygiene and a stable sleep cycle so that your mind and body can recover and sustain the long hours your job entails.
A consistent sleep cycle helps regulate your circadian rhythms, which will increase your energy levels through the day. In less than eight weeks of consistent practice, you can experience the rejuvenation you need to sustain high levels of success.
3. Meditation improves feelings of wellbeing.
A different study investigated the impact of integrative body-mind meditative training and found that it had several positive benefits. Researchers randomly assigned individuals to a treatment group that received five days of meditation practice with an integrative body-mind training method or a control group that did not receive treatment.
Results demonstrated that those in the meditation group scored lower on measures of anxiety, depression, and anger, as well as a significant decrease in the stress hormone cortisol.
Entrepreneurs need emotional stability. Often overlooked, the ability to master one's emotions are the cornerstone for becoming more resourceful and getting more out of each moment.
Developing a meditation practice will empower you to become more aware of your emotions and use them to your advantage. Stop wasting time and start benefiting from the science-backed practice of meditation.
For entrepreneurs, productivity is a necessity. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or a successful leader in your company, you can benefit from consistent meditation.
Mindfulness meditation will help you improve your concentration and attention while decreasing feelings of fatigue and improving your sense of wellbeing. Your ability to become so enveloped by the present moment that you forget everything else around you will lead you to stay in a constant state of flow and peak performance.