What does Meditation have to do with Business Coaching and Decision Making?
To answer that question I am re-posting a blog (with permission) from Ha Solutions who answers that question better than I could.
Any client of mine will tell you that I am often stating best the practices of meeting the demands of your business will include health exercise, diet and meditation for the greatness of all your talents to be available more consistently.
Read Elizabeth’s blog below for her great perspective on the top 5 ways to improve decision making.
Making the Right Decisions: Top 5 Ways
Our daily life is composed of a series of decisions; when do I get up? What should I wear? What should I eat for breakfast? And no matter how small the decision (like deciding to have milk with coffee, for example) or how large (like hiring the correct employee), each path taken contributes to the overall result of your day, or your week, and eventually your year.
In other words, life becomes a series of decisions, like a song becomes a series of notes written in music. The decision-making process, in turn, becomes an elaborate, and usually, stressful affair if we are required to make a significant choice. But, to the mind of clear perception, there is no difference between deciding on the colour of tie in the morning and choosing the right marketing message for a brand. There is an ease of flow when our mind is clear, and we have the freedom to guide ourselves through the rush of daily events smoothly.
The following list is composed on the philosophy of HA Solutions; working from the inside out. Only we can solve our problems and create the right outcomes by dealing with the knowledge within ourselves, and not losing focus with aspects of the case before us.
- Clear your mind. This is the most important immediate step to solving any hurdle. Unfortunately, we are used to having multiple things in our consciousness simultaneously so clearing our mind is not a natural process. It takes our full participation. By taking a few minutes, every hour, we dedicate it to closing our eyes, mentally pushing all the detail out of it and beginning with a blank page. The more often we do this, our ability to spot out solutions in any event becomes increasingly habitual. Again, it is a practice which only we can initiate by placing all that is before us down and donating a few moments to ourselves. You can also do this before making a particular decision or if you feel stuck in any way.
- Beginning your day. Most of the time, when we are experiencing a “bad day,” it starts in the morning. Don’t make it harder on yourself by getting up and running a marathon without having stretched first. Allow yourself to feel grateful and happy for this day, and focus on the moment you are in. Brushing your teeth? Enjoy it. Don’t get carried away with your schedule before you have left the house. By growing contentment every morning, you get used to being in this state of mind and you will find that your day usually turns out wonderful. Spending 10 minutes with yourself, in silent meditation, breathing deeply, will help you focus and get clear on your day ahead.
- Small decisions contribute to large ones. Nintendo had a game, Super Mario, which we have heard of, if not played. The more apples Yogi, Mario’s horse-like creature, ate, the more energy he had so by the time we faced the ultimate challenge at the end of every level, these apples helped in winning. Trusting ourselves to make less significant issues with ease and efficiency guides us to treating more significant challenges in the same way. Allow answers to come to you and don’t overanalyse them. Feel good about the choices you’ve made and move on. Milk with coffee. Call client at 10, not 11. Reschedule lunch with partner. By the time you are facing a larger decision, you will already be up the hill without consciously realizing it, because you are so used to deciding instantaneously and efficiently. Appreciate the smaller decisions, they help you practice for bigger ones.
- Ending your day. Sleeping is the only way most of us slow down and rejuvenate. Our mind takes all the information we’ve inserted into it during the day and processes it while we are asleep. Ending our day by over viewing details, or being on the computer, or watching TV usually overburdens our mind with information, which is sometimes apparent in our dreams. Before retiring at night, again, take a few minutes to clear your mind and allow yourself to feel at ease. You will be surprised at how wonderful and fulfilling sleep is and at all the ideas you come up with in the morning. If you have a particular issue you are challenged with, take a moment to feel love for that issue and send it away. Go to sleep. See what happens the next day.
- Peace of mind. This is the ultimate goal to any decision-making. A mind at peace is a mind without any baggage and issues. By practicing clearing your mind before going to sleep, you will begin to experience a peace of mind. It is a practice which must always be renewed and redone, but, by introducing calmness into our thoughts, we begin to get more used to the peace within ourselves.
Elizabeth Knezevic , HA Solutions Inc.
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