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Let me preface this article with a statement: This article is not about bashing meditation. This article will explain why it is important to remember to stop meditation and clarify your intentions.
Meditation and mindfulness are well-documented. Being able to bring our awareness back into our bodies and the present is an essential tool for survival, especially for entrepreneurs.
When you own a business, it is almost impossible to think about the present moment. While you are always looking ahead, your thoughts turn to past successes and failures.
We are always projecting ourselves into the future or the past. The result is that we don’t live in the present.
We must keep an eye on the future of our business while also learning from the past. Executive action is only possible in the moment. We can only exist and act in the “now” as physical beings.
Meditation is a great way to do that, clearly. By focusing on the present, we can let go of all the worries and traumas from the past. Instead, we can focus on our breathing and observe what is happening. People often get so caught up in their inner work that they don’t take any action in the outside world. It is possible to get lost in the pressures of future and past performance. Mindful practices can help you avoid this.
Taking action is concurrently the most and least important part of realizing anything. Taking action is the most important step in realizing your goals. Blind action will not lead to a particular outcome. It is important to be clear about your goals and precise with your actions. This means that you must do the preparation work carefully. On the other hand, action is the most important. Taking no action will result in your dreams and goals not being realized.
The actions we take are also guided by our beliefs. This means that we will only do actions that we are confident will lead to real-world results.
What’s a great way to unlock our belief system? Meditation!
What we’re really talking about here is intention. Using guided meditations that are designed to open your belief systems and allow you to take better actions in the present is the way to achieve real growth. It is counterproductive to meditate without a specific outcome.
“Stop Meditation” does not mean that you should stop meditating. It is merely a reminder to remember that there should be a purpose.
Clarity of intention is vital to receiving a desired outcome. We can often overlook our intentions when we embark on a new venture because we believe it is the right thing to. Set your intention to meditate on becoming more aware and present in your daily life. It’s about taking back control of as much decision-making as you can.
Armed with this intention, you will be able meditate (or any other form of meditation) with purpose. It will help you to know what you want from it, and when it is not serving you.
When you stop and think about it, intentions are conscious disruptions of unconscious patterns.
How can we set good intentions?
There are lots of intricacies and avenues to go down, but really it boils down to five main steps:
1. Are you where you are now?
Find a way to take an audit of where you’re at right now. Be honest and open with yourself about where you are at the moment and how it got there.
Don’t judge yourself. You don’t have to see your failures. But, you must acknowledge them and accept full responsibility. Without knowing where you are starting from, it is impossible to get the destination. The first step must be included in any plan you create to get to your destination. That first step can only come from one place: where you are now.
2. Identify your ultimate goal.
Following on from the principle of needing to know where you are before you set off; you also need to know where you’re going. What are your physical goals? What does it entail?
3. What does it feel like?
Get totally clear on what your destination is and what it feels like. How will you feel once you reach your destination? What will this do to your mood, demeanor and outlook?
Understand how it feels to be that version of you, because this will help identify if you really do desire to live this way (you very well might not, and that’s ok).
4. Moving towards your intention.
Get practical. While specific intentions are important, they don’t make you any progress if you don’t take action. With the clarity gained from earlier steps, it is now possible to create alignment between yourself and your goal.
Identify the knowledge and skill gaps that need filling, then start seeking out the necessary guidance to fill them.
5. Your “why” is locked in
So in step three, I spoke about finding your “why”. This is your emotional connection to your desired outcome. This is who you are and the emotional state you desire to live in.
This could be the thrill of waking up every morning with your dream job in front of you. You could feel the overall relaxation from not worrying about money. You might just want to live a life that surprises you every day and is full of excitement for the future.
This is so contextually and subjectively driven that it’s impossible to be too specific. It is important to make your future as real as possible for yourself now and to begin to feel the emotions that it creates.
An inevitability is created when you align yourself with a conscious outcome. You won’t be able to make all your dreams come true, but you will. It is inexorable that you will move towards this outcome through your actions.