Today I will share with you 4 tips which will improve your daily meditation habit, and also enhance the benefits of that routine. Some people I work with talk about how they skipped a meditation session here and there, and before you know it, they only completed half of the sessions they initially planned. If you take into account the following four tips, you should be on your way to an enjoyable and sustainable meditation habit.
#1 Set realistic expectations
I get it, you start meditating day in and day out, you put in the work, so you expect to see the amazing results I promised meditation can bring for entrepreneurs. (and anyone else, of course) The problem? You probably expect too much, too soon.
As entrepreneurs, most of us are well aware of the trap that is instant-gratification: Most good things in life come after working hard and being patient, and meditation is no exception to that. If you realize the fact that most of the benefits won’t show after one week of daily meditation, then you are already one big step ahead of a lot of other people, who simply give up meditation after a few tries because they don’t notice immediate benefits.
To be honest, some positive effects can kick in rather quickly, sometimes as soon as after one session, or even just one deep breath can bring immediate stress-relief. But to see the long-term and crazy benefits I often talk about, that takes more time and dedication. Don’t be discouraged, however, because the next tip will help you with achieving that dedication.
#2 Create a schedule
A habit wouldn’t be a habit if you didn’t practice it on a regular basis. The same applies to a meditation habit. That’s why not creating a schedule is detrimental to success. Choosing a time frame to sit down and complete your daily meditation session, and meditating at that same time every day is one of the best things you can do to make this easier on yourself.
Once you get into the habit of doing this – and trying your absolute best not to skip a day- you are well on your way to solidifying this routine as a natural part of your life, and it will come as easily to you as taking a shower or brushing your teeth. Because after all, mental hygiene is at least as important as our physical well-being.
#3 Be consistent
If you know me at all, you will have heard me say at some point that consistency is key when it comes to meditation, and this is the case for a few reasons:
Sticking to your schedule
First of all, it helps with the previous point of sticking to a schedule and strengthening your meditation routine. The more consistency you can bring to the table, the easier it will be for you to stick to your routine, and the faster you will notice the amazing benefits.
If right now it seems to you like you have been on this journey with me for a while, but you aren’t quite as satisfied with the results as you’d hoped yet, then this could be your issue. Do you skip a few days a week? This makes a huge difference! I realize this is not the sexiest advice I could give you, but as a hard-working person you know as well as I do that there are no cheat codes to sustainable success and long-term results.
If you feel like the results are lacking but you have been very consistent in your meditation practice, then feel free to schedule a quick, free call with me during which I will help you to find the root cause of the lack of results. Maybe for you, this root cause is an internal blockage rather than lack of consistency or hard work.
Training your mind to enjoy meditation
The most important reason, however, why it is so crucial to be consistent when practicing meditation, is because in doing so, you are quite literally training your mind exactly like you would train a muscle group. There is no use in going to the gym twice a month and expecting to put on a bunch of muscle mass, just like it is futile to meditate inconsistently and expect to become stress-free, highly productive or more creative.
By creating a habit out of your meditation practice, preferably at the same time every day, you will learn your mind to expect that at that particular time of the day you should be in a meditative state. This will make it a lot less tempting to skip out on your daily meditation sessions.
it is futile to meditate inconsistently and expect to become stress-free, highly productive or more creative.
#4 Don’t be too harsh on yourself
I know I have been pretty ruthless in how I conveyed the importance of these four pillars of meditation, but I hope you can see this as a daily dose of tough love! I want you to succeed as much as you do, and by implementing the strategy above your chances of success will increase dramatically.
All of that being said, however, don’t beat yourself up for missing a session here or there. Yes, ideally you never do that, but we are all human and obviously it is expected that we will miss out on our daily dose of meditation some days. Don’t think that this doesn’t happen to me. I have been meditating for over a decade, and I still have days where I really don’t feel like sitting down and doing the practice. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either superhuman or lying.
So my message to you is: Try your absolute best and forgive yourself for any mistakes, because that, too, will bring you closer to a happier and stress-free life!
If you like this kind of content and would like to find out how I can help you live a stress-free life while increasing your productivity, all despite your busy schedule, then make sure to book a free call with me during which we will work together to look at your personal situation. I will also provide you with some valuable tips to jump-start your own journey into becoming a meditating entrepreneur, or improve your current meditation habit considerably. I hope you found this a valuable read. Feel free to rate this blogpost below and leave a comment!
Thomas V is the founder and executive coach of Thomas V coaching and has been meditating practically his whole life, although he only got serious around the age of 16. He is a fully certified meditation coach and practitioner. He is now on a mission to get as many people, mainly busy entrepreneurs, to meditate too, and enjoy the endless benefits it provides for body, mind and soul. By applying a science-based approach to meditation, Thomas can ensure amazing results for his clients, time and time again. If you would also like to enjoy the benefits of a well thought-out, science-based meditation habit, feel free to schedule a free video call here.