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First deliberate practice of the day – meditation

There’s no doubt most participants in our executive coaching and business coaching programs are feeling incredibly challenged to keep up with all that’s coming at them.  They have hundreds of e-mails each day, new competitive and economic threats, and the ever joyful demands of keeping employees happy, focused and productive!  Welcome to leadership 2011.

One particular client have been working with for the past two years has been slugging it out trying to bring his company back to strong vibrant health.  It hasn’t been easy.

Recently he started showing up with a new sense of calmness and peacefulness.  I figured he broke down and began seeing a psychiatrist and getting antidepressant medication— who would’ve blamed him?

As it turned out he came upon the book Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran and had begun a very serious and dedicated practice of morning meditation.  The differences in him were startling.

Instinctually when there’s so much coming at you it seems like the smart thing to do is to work harder and faster.  That’s not always the right answer.

When I asked the client about his new found calmness he said the morning meditation was really giving him a feeling of “groundedness” and stability as he faced the day’s challenges.

So I went ahead and purchased the book and followed the author’s formula. I found it to be one of the most simple, straightforward resources to either refine your meditation practice or begin your meditation practice.

Remember the old saying –  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

Tomorrow morning instead of diving into your e-mail, why don’t you try taking 15 to 30 minutes of meditation and see if you achieve the same result?  I think you’ll find with a clearer calmer mind you and your team will produce better business results and find a sense of joy in this tumultuous business world.