I never would have thought that I would be one who believes in the power in meditation but here I am, a true believer in the many benefits of meditation in not only sales and management, but in life in general. Please do not mistaken meditation as a connection to religion or religious practice but more of a method to help improve your well being, focus, mindfulness and energy.
Think about it, as sales leaders, our life is hectic from early morning and it doesn’t stop at 5pm either. My wife who is a Nurse Practitioner didn’t understand when 5 pm rolled around and I was working in my remote office, that “work” didn’t end. When it does end, we are usually so wound up from the pressures of the job, the stress, problems, things to do, things to decide and the list goes on. When it is time for sleep, our minds doesn’t shut off either and in actuality, during active sleeping our mind is still active and really doesn’t get the necessary rest that is needed to recharge and reenergize.
If we run our minds in full speed all the time, something is going to give. Now I didn’t mention the other stresses of life on top of just managing a sales team, family, friends, and you can keep adding here… right!
I consider myself a high energy individual and it is tough to keep me down. Yet, it is mind that pays the ultimate price and if I want to be at my very best, then I must nurture and find ways to maximize my mind and body to its highest potential as possible. This was where I stumbled on meditation and how it had helped me become a better sales leader, husband and person overall. I feel more focused, aware, mindful, energized, creative and my memory has improved dramatically as well. I am only starting out, but am trying different things each day but the main point is that you take the time to calm your mind and give your brain and body the rest that is needed for the daily battles you put it through.
At first, I had thought it was impossible to schedule even 10 minutes to sit silently and meditate. But you know what, it has given back to me so much more that I now look forward to the time I give myself to clear my mind and strive for the silence, which is in reality a break and rest for our mind. It is actually very difficult to actually sit in silence and attempt to clear my mind of any thoughts. Now imagine your mind, when you are actively not trying to “meditate” and how active it truly is. I realized how random thoughts, worries, self talk, comes into my mind. When you add the eMails that we have to read and respond to and the things that just need to get done, it consumes our mind and as a result it slows us down by making us tired. It also affects our sleep which as a result affects our attitude, energy and memory. I am a believer that one decision leads to another and with meditation, it has given me a positive butterfly effect that has helped me become a better sales manager, leader and person.
I am not going to attempt to write everything in this single article, but plan to capture my learnings and experiences with multiple writings…. a series which explores this experience. Lets call it my 90 day meditation experience. I challenge you to give it a try to see how it might help you. You will be surprised how hard it is to first find just 1o minutes out of your day to sit in silence and to do it each day, but the payback is much greater in return. So if you are interested, why not subscribe to my blog and I will share my positive as well as negatives of doing this meditation thing. I will call the series, Meditation for leaders series.
I am also an audiobook and book (not ebook) junkie. I purchased an audiobook to help me understand what meditation is all about as well as the many benefits. I picked up a copy of Russell Simmons: Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple. It was more of a affirmation of meditation as an O.K. activity to do as it was not something I usually did. In learning that a Successful individual as well as many others practice this and attribute their success to it really piqued my interest. If you are interested in learning more, I would suggest picking up a copy: Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple