There are certain meditation techniques that can help you develop the mindset for success so you can achieve your goals.
Meditation can help you to focus, think positively, and be more productive. And naturally, you can supplement meditation with affirmations, mantras, visualizations and other such mind tools.
In my corporate meditation classes, I’ve helped many people to use meditation for success in business, love, family, and other areas. However, as I tell my students, you must develop and stick to an effective practice. So let me show you the best ones.
Best Meditation For Success
When you are truly able to visualize your goals, you’ll be happy within yourself. Rather than focusing on what you get from the world and other people, you’ll be able to give instead” — Tony Robbins
Let me ask you a question: If you could concentrate all the time, how much more would you achieve? Probably a lot, right?
Well, you can massively improve your concentration with meditation. This will help you to focus so you can get more done at work, at school, or whatever you’re doing. One of the best exercises for this is Samatha.
Samatha is a Buddhist mindfulneds practice in which you focus 100% of your mind on a specific object. This trains you to focus on one thing at a time so that you can concentrate at work and get more done. If you train in Samatha, your productivity will skyrocket.
Do you ever find yourself drifting away in your mind, losing yourself in thoughts, and watching the clock tick by while you’re… someplace else?
I used to waste so much time and energy being lost in my head. Then I started using mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the art and science of staying in the present moment. When you’re mindful, you’re focusing on what you’re doing, which is important because scientific research shows that the average person spends 45% of their time focusing on something other than what they’re doing. Bummer.
Mindfulness exercises, such as Jon Kabat Zinn’s Body Scan meditation, help you to stay in the moment and focus on what you’re doing. Obviously, this makes you far more productive. When you’re mindful you will actually get stuff done instead of trying to work while watching Sponge Bob (what?! It’s just me…?!)
Writing for Success.com, Matt Tenney says, “The reason mindfulness training has so many benefits is that it results in an optimally functioning mind. Everything we do or fail to do is the result of how our mind functions.”
If you’ve ever done insight meditation, you will have experienced that moment when the clouds roll back, and for the first time in your life, you see clearly.
Insight techniques let you see inside your own mind, which is significant because there are often negative thought patterns that are preventing you from being successful.
With insight techniques like Vipassana and Ajna chakra meditation, you can see what’s occurring in your own mind and adjust your mindset, so it’s aligned for success. And that’s why insight methods are some of the best meditations for success.
5: Techniques for Intelligence
Naturally, a substantial element of success is intelligence, and particularly business intelligence.
There are many ways meditation makes you more intelligent. For starters, meditation makes you more emotionally intelligent. Secondly, it improves cognitive functioning. For instance, the Buddhist practice of Vipassana increases self-awareness, which in turn boosts emotional intelligence as well as cognitive abilities (because it clarifies our thoughts).
In fact, Siegfried Othmer [former president, neurofeedback division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback], researched the effects of meditation on intelligence using neurofeedback and brainwave training and found that mindfulness increases IQ by an average of 23 per cent.
Chakra meditation is a yogic form of meditation with its roots in Hinduism. There are seven chakras (energy centres) in the body, and each offers unique benefits, ranging from increased creativity to improved cognitive functioning.
Balancing the seven chakras is a potent way of establishing optimum performance and wellbeing, and thereby increasing your chances for success.
There are many different ways to use chakra meditations. For instance, for business success, you’ll want to activate your crown chakra, and for relationship success the heart chakra is imperative.
7: Overcome fear of success
Fear is the number one barrier stopping you from becoming successful. In fact, bestselling self-improvement guru Jack Canfield said, “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
That’s why one of the best ways to use mindfulness for achieving things in life is to erase fear from your mind.
Think about it. What’s stopping you from being successful? If you think about this question, you will most likely find that it is some form of fear—for instance, you’re afraid to ask for a raise in case you lose your job.
Many people even fear success itself. For instance, people who have “imposter syndrome”—a “distortion” of thinking that makes them believe they’re incompetent, unintelligent, and lazy.
Your fears are roadblocks holding you back from achieving your goals.
When you face fear, you have two choices. Firstly, you can run away from the fear. You don’t go to the dentist because you’re worried about your teeth. So, your teeth continue to worsen until a minor problem is suddenly a root canal. Secondly, you can overcome the fear and act despite it. You go to the dentist and get your teeth done. Maybe it hurts a little, ickle bit. But soon the problem is completely done and dusted.
So which strategy is going to be better for you overall? Facing the fear, of course. However, it is not always easy to overcome fear. One strategy is to imagine what would happen after your worst fear comes true. This is a cognitive-behavioural therapy technique that trains the mind to see that even if the worst happens life will still carry on.
How To Use Meditation For Success
There are many types of mindfulness. And the vast majority of them are helpful for success in life, albeit in different ways.
You can use methods like Vipassana and Samatha to help you focus at work and reduce negative thoughts, such as thoughts about previous failures. These methods can also help you set your intention and be productive.
You can use methods like Karuna and Metta, which can help with relationships. Finally, there are methods like Tonglen, which are excellent for spiritual and emotional triumphs.
Virtually all meditative practices will help to create positive energy that can fuel you towards success. Indeed, meditation is a favoured practice among many of the world’s elite, according to Tim Ferris (4 Hour Work Week).
Ferriss has done over two hundred interviews with CEOs, artists, actors, influencers, and authors, and he has stated that out of everyone he has interviewed, 90% practice mindfulness. Some used guided meditation, others used visualizations, and some used Buddhist methods. But a whopping 90% meditate. Why?
Meditation helps because of the effect it has on the brain.
Mindfulness helps us become successful because it strengthens the brain. Specifically, mindfulness and meditation improve the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and amygdala according to an article on Scientific American. These are parts of the brain involved with working memory, cognition, emotional regulation, and learning.
With meditation, you can reprogram your brain to achieve your goals, whether in business, relationships, personal development, or anywhere else.
No wonder successful business leaders like Jeff Weiner [CEO, LinkedIn], Ray Dalio [founder, Bridgewater Associates] and Arianna Huffington [founder, The Huffington Post] all meditate. And success experts like Tony Robbins also advocate meditation.
But you don’t have to be famous or rich to meditate. Indeed, success coach Brian Tracy says, “Regardless of what it is you want to accomplish, the path to success must begin by adopting the right mindset.”
With meditation, you can build the mindset for success. And as Lao Tzu said, “Correct your mind and the rest of your life will fall into place”.
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Paul Harrison BSc is a qualified meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in teaching meditation and mindfulness both to individuals and to corporations and is the author of four books on meditation. He has been featured in Psychology Today, Breathe Magazine, Healthline, Psych Central and Lion’s Roar.
Paul studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
Paul’s biggest inspirations include Thich Nhat Hanh, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Jack Kornfield.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison