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How to Achieve Your Goals With Meditation

Today I want to talk about how you can use meditation to achieve your goals. Meditation is an ancient practice to help a person gain inner peace and happiness. You can also direct it to getting whatever you want in life. Here is how you do it:

1. Start with a vision of what success means to you.

For example, if you want to get a new job, imagine how you will feel when getting the job offer. You need to have a crystal clear vision of the ideal outcome.

2. Begin to meditate.

Meditation is a process of getting your mind calm and centered. When meditation is practiced correctly, you will notice an increase in your ability to focus and concentrate. As you empty your mind of all thoughts, you will enter a higher state of consciousness. Your subconscious mind is in a heightened state and will be more influenced by your thoughts, images and emotions at this time.

3. After you are done meditating, visualize your goals as achieved.

You are now in a powerful state of mind. Anything you focus on will slowly be attracted to you. This is why it is very important to focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. With your eyes closed, begin to visualize the successful outcome of your goals in complete detail. If you can’t ‘see’ yourself with the goals completed, then have the feelings you would have when you have achieved it.

4. Finally, write down your goals.

With a pen and paper, write your goals as if it were already achieved. In the above example, you would write, “I am now happily working at my new job.” Do this at the end of each meditation. When you write your goals down you will be programming it into your subconscious mind. Your subconscious mind will find ways to help you achieve your goals the fastest way possible. Throughout the day, you will have creative ideas, meet people, and find resources to help you achieve your goals. It is truly this amazing.

Meditation is the Next New Thing in Silicon Valley

Meditation is taking Silicon Valley by storm. Companies such as Google are holding regular meditation classes inside their corporate campus with a waiting list of 400 employees. The co-founders of Twitter and Facebook have introduced meditation sessions and structure the work routine to enhance mindfulness.

Meditation became popular in the Valley during the 1960s with the hippie youth movement. People like Steve Jobs were seeking Enlightenment and spiritual oneness. Nowadays meditation is seen as the latest tool to unlock creativity, increase focus and concentration and to live a more harmonious life. These new students of meditation are not necessarily interested in learning about Buddhism. They are looking for practical tips to improve their work and personal lives. These new devotees to meditation want to boost their brain power and to increase productivity. They want to use meditation to decrease stress and anxiety.

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Happiness Leads to Success

Happiness is a choice. It is a choice that we make everyday. However we have been programmed to think that happiness will come to us once we are successful, if we lose 20 pounds, have lots of money, get that perfect job, find the right love relationship, once we retired, once the kids move out, you fill in the blank. It seems that we have postponed happiness for some time in the future.

According to Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage,  the formula for happiness is backwards. Happiness leads to success, not the other way around. When we are more happy and positive, our brains are more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient and we are more productive at work. Our happiness also ripples out and affects people that we come into contact. In other words, the secret to success and happiness is to be happy now.

Shawn recommends 5 concrete things that we can do to be happy.

1. Live with Gratitude – Write down three NEW things that you are grateful for each day. Gratitude is the realization that we have enough. We have a tendency to focus on what is missing or lacking in our life. This simple act will show you that you have more than you think. When we focus on what we are grateful for, we will attract more abundance and happiness.

2. Journal – Write down 2 or 3 things that happen today that were positive. Write 2 or 3 things that you are looking forward to tomorrow. Write about good things people have said or done for you. Write about good things you will say or do for other people. When we start to write down about the positive experiences and aspects of our life, we gradually erase the negative mindset that we have been carrying around for many years.

3. Exercise –  Engage in 15 to 30 minutes of mindful cardio activity. There has been an enormous amount of research on the benefits of exercise. The bottom line is that daily exercise will lower your stress and put you in a better mood.

4. Meditate – Meditation like exercise has shown to have a positive impact on our body and mind. More and more studies are confirming what we all know – happiness and peace of mind is increased in direct proportion to the regularity of our meditations. When we meditate, we build an inner awareness which leads to greater happiness and fulfillment.

5. Engage in a random, conscious act of kindness. Do or say something nice for someone with no motivation or expectation of return. Researchers have found a positive correlation between happiness and kindness. When we are nice to others we feel good about ourselves.

How to Increase Your Willpower

Willpower is one of the most important predictors of success in life. We all have willpower. Every morning we have a certain amount of willpower that we deplete by the end of the day. You can think of it as having money in your pocket that you spend throughout the day.

That is why after a long day at work or school, you just want to sit in front of the television or computer and zone out because you have spent most of your willpower during the day. Each decision and action you make during the day either increases or decreases your willpower.

Willpower is like a muscle that you can strenghten with use or get fatigued with use. Each person only has a certain amount of willpower throughout the day. I want to talk about how the practice of meditation increases your willpower.

1. Research has shown that a few minutes of meditation each day can boost willpower by building up gray matter in areas of the brain that regulate emotions and govern decision making. When you meditate everyday, you will be building your willpower muscle.

2. Meditation promotes better sleep. When you are well rested and have enough sleep, your  willpower naturally increases.

3. When we are under a lot of stress, our willpower will be diminished. Meditation will help minimize or eliminate the harmful stress in your life. Successful people conserve willpower by developing effective habits and routines to reduce stress.

4. Meditation improves a wide range of willpower skills including concentration and focus. Your ability to focus and concentration is one of the most important determinations of whether you’ll achieve success in life.

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