March 18, 2015 / AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
March 18, 2015
Most of the world’s greatest success stories come about when someone notices that things aren’t great and have the cojones to try something completely different. Let’s take your business for example. Whatever you do, and wherever you work, chances are you and your employees are under stress, at times unfocused, and challenged in some form or another—though hopefully feeling better than this parrot.
Your business is only as strong as your employees
The World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American businesses up to $300 Billion each year. So whether you’re a one-man band, or ten thousand soldiers strong, if your employees are stressed, your company underperforms. You should try something completely different with your approach, perception and process at work–even if that something has been around for thousands of years.
Consider meditation as a differentiator for competitive advantage
Of course we’re talking about meditation, the new darling of the corporate world. Don’t instantly put your nose up at it. While all the important aspects remain—this isn’t the hippy-dippy, crystal-crazed, flowy-clothing, incensed by incense type of meditation. I’m talking about the new, workplace-empowerment type of meditation. The one that has both the employee’s best interest at heart, and the company’s bottom-line in mind. This is a practice that has taken many of the worlds biggest, most innovative and productive companies by (a very calm) storm.
Brands like Apple, 3M, , and, most notably, Google are all massive proponents of meditation in the workplace. Why? Because of how incredibly beneficial it is to the working world. Scientific evidence shows that if you meditate for just twenty minutes per day at work instead of tweaking your fantasy team or having that fourth coffee break, you’ll be:
Basically, you’ll be a better human because meditation isn’t just the next game-changer. It’s a life-changer. It’s obvious that if your employees improve then your company improves in a myriad of ways, both measurable and immeasurable. Ironically, you may be forced into meditation just to maintain your competitive edge.
I like the way that the cynically-minded Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier, explains it in this excellent video. “I believe meditation will be the next big public health revolution… it will join the pantheon of no-brainers like exercise, brushing your teeth and taking the medication that your doctor prescribes to you.” Harris goes on to say, “Our happiness doesn’t depend on external factors, happiness is a self-generated skill; something you can train just like you can train your body at the gym.” If that isn’t the perfect metaphor, I don’t know what is.
Try it out for ten days. Even if it fails (which it won’t), you haven’t lost anything. You’ve just had a happy, calm, productive couple of days and you can return to that stressful existence that, for some reason, you crave so much.
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