How Meditation Benefits the Entrepreneur
The life of an entrepreneur is full of multi-tasking, moving from one project to another and always in “go” mode. All of this stress harms your success. The key to success as an entrepreneur is to embrace meditation.
Why does an entrepreneur need to meditate?
Every entrepreneur is gifted with several key traits. These traits include creativity, vision and dedication. However, missing one or more of these traits can be a recipe for disaster. All of these traits have one common theme – control of your emotions. More specifically, your emotional intelligence. Yet, the entrepreneur frequently lives with stressors that erode their emotional intelligence. In other words, the entrepreneur needs to control these stressors, like multitasking, in order to find success. In short, one effective solution is to embrace meditation.
Meditation improves emotional regulation
Scientific research shows the positive effects of meditation on emotional regulation. For example, individuals with social anxiety disorder were exposed to meditation practice and the results are striking. This group of participants had improvements in anxiety and depression scores. More importantly, their self-esteem improved. In addition, MRI imaging showed improvement in several areas linked to emotional regulation.
Creativity is enhanced when meditation is practiced
Another example of scientific research comes from the Netherlands that looks at one element of creativity, called divergent thinking. To explain, divergent thinking is a measure of creativity and asks “how many unique solutions are possible for a given problem.” This study shows that meditation, improves divergent thinking in test subjects. Therefore, mindfulness has a positive impact on creativity.
Focus and attention are improved with meditation
There are countless reports demonstrating how meditation improves how we think. The entrepreneur continually needs to maintain a high level of focus and attention. A concise summary was previously published in Time Magazine. An important conclusion from this article is that the act of meditation, rather than simply wanting to meditate, will improve your brain performance. The author of this article embarked on a simple five-minute meditation plan for several weeks. His conclusion was that focus improved and he was more receptive when facing emotional and psychological stressors. To sum up, meditation can improve your attention span and increase your focus – important elements for the entrepreneur.
In summary, incorporating a meditation practice that focuses on mindfulness has tremendous power to improve the entrepreneur. Research has repeatedly shown that focus, creativity and emotional regulation can improve through the incorporation of a daily meditation plan. Below is an info graphic that will help get you started.