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04/29/2016 04:38 pm ET Updated Apr 29, 2017

How Meditation Actually Works to Drive Business Success

When you're a busy entrepreneur, it's easy to get caught up in your work. It's easy to become distracted by your never-ending to-do list. But this is also a dangerous place to be.

Stillness and mindfulness are essential to our wellbeing - and they should be a priority for every businessperson.

By now, you've probably read hundreds of posts explaining the benefits of meditation - increased positive emotions, improved memory, reduced loneliness, stronger social connection, and decreased stress, to name a few.

Perhaps you've tried it a couple of times before - or maybe you even made a regular practice out of it for a while. But then you let go of the habit, got bored, or grew frustrated by a lack of results.

If this sounds like you, I'm hoping this post will convince you to try again.

Why You Should Make Meditation a Habit

Most of us won't actually feel the benefits of meditation until we've been practicing for a solid period of time. Remember, it takes 21 days to build a habit.

I've been meditating regularly for years now, and I've learned so much about myself and my business through this practice.

Don't just take it from me, though. Look to other successful entrepreneurs and celebrities who are benefiting from meditation. Richard Branson says meditation is incredibly important for success. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, rises at 5:30 every morning to meditate. Katy Perry is also a huge fan of meditation.

Meditation can be uncomfortable for those who are just starting out. How can you find motivation to change your behavior and start incorporating meditation practice into your daily life?

  1. Block off 5 minutes every day at the same time to meditate. Whether it's first thing in the morning, after lunch, or before bed, build some consistent practice into your day.
  2. Choose meditations that are relevant to you. There are so many meditations to choose from; select those that are designed to help you with what you are wanting to achieve in your life, whether that is abundance, health or clarity.
  3. Keep it simple. There are many forms of meditation to practice, but mindful breathing is a great place to start. If you're struggling to make sitting meditation a daily habit, try walking. My meditations are recorded as mp3s, meaning you can save them on your phone and take them with you wherever you go.

To Your Success and Happiness and ah-ha moments.

Anita