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One of the biggest myths in business is that everything important centers around taking action. I personally believe the opposite. Some of the most successful ideas and implementations come about after a prolonged period of inaction.
When we are constantly busy, we get into a mode of doing things just because we’ve always done them a certain way. We may not even know why we’re doing something. Staying busy is also a surefire way of inviting burnout into your life and it’s a clear way to lose focus in your business.
Staying busy also keeps us in our heads rather than our hearts. We do something because we heard it’s a good business idea rather than because we feel inspired to go in that direction. We spend time marketing at people on social media rather than communicating with them.
If you’ve lost yourself in a whole lot of busy-ness, there is a solution. It’s one I’ve relied on in the past when I was feeling like I lost my way and wasn’t sure my heart was still in the right place. It’s a solution that is perfectly suited to lightworkers.
Using meditation as a strategy tool
If you’re a lightworker, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that you’ve meditated before. I’d also venture to say that most lightworkers probably meditate regularly. But have you ever used meditation as a business strategy tool? Here’s one easy way to do it.
Create a separate time and space. You may meditate daily as part of your spiritual practice, but I’m saying carve out another portion of your day to meditate for your business. That should be your intention — to devote that meditation time strictly to calling forth how you should move forward as a business owner. Find a place where you will be comfortable and undisturbed for at least 15 minutes. You don’t have to meditate for hours on end. A few minutes a day will work wonders.
Commit to a regular schedule. While some may find it helpful to meditate at the same time each day, I don’t think that’s necessary. However, I do think meditating regularly is important. I recommend doing it every day for a period of time rather than meditating every few days or so. The consistency will help you get comfortable with the routine sooner.
Empty your mind, then visualize yourself in your workspace. Visualization is a powerful technique that can help you get in tune with your subconscious. As you visualize yourself working, feel yourself being happy and engaged in your work. Focus on conjuring up the feeling. Then relax your mind and see where your thoughts take you. The feeling will likely bring you work-related thoughts that are in alignment with it. That’s one way to remind yourself how your heart sees your role at work.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. One day isn’t enough for this exercise. I suggest doing it every day for at least two weeks. You’ll likely find that your insights begin to grow.
Incorporate the results. When you receive insights from meditating, use them. Make sure you keep a journal or recorder or some other tool to record your thoughts and impressions after you finish meditating. Then, respect the information you get. Don’t be surprised if you’re inspired to trash something you’ve been doing. Meditation will put you in touch with your heart so you’ll know areas where your head has had things all wrong.
I hear a lot of people talk about how meditation is difficult for them. I used to have a hard time with it until I stated setting my phone to go off after 15 minutes. For some reason, 15 minutes didn’t seem intimidating to me, and after a while, I was able to meditate for longer periods of time. Another thing that helped me was using isochronic tones, which are designed to help you calm your conscious mind so you can more easily get in touch with your subconscious. Check out the MP3 Meditation Club, which provides audios to help you meditate for business, to decrease stress and achieve a number of other goals.