Not long ago, I had been looking for ways to overcome the negative effects of stress, tension and anxiety so that I would become calmer, happier, more productive and more efficient with time. I wanted to change and replace my negative or unwanted thoughts with positive ones.

I had discovered some examples of goals like positive affirmations, business seminars and personal development coaching and I wanted to combine this with a practice that would make all of this a daily focus and to find even more happiness, energy and authenticity in my life.

All the top motivational speakers, business people, authors and sales gurus in the world use meditation to achieve their goals.

Here are some of the benefits that I have realized by meditating:

Reduced stress levels

The number one benefit of meditation is stress reduction. I often become stressed due to work and personal problems. The deep level of physical relaxation brought about by meditation allows me to rest and easily digest the events of the day. I have learned that tissue repair and regeneration can only happen when the body is in a relaxed state.
I discovered that when I become stressed, the sympathetic nervous system continually dumps stress hormones into the system as a defense mechanism. This gets worse in the long term if it is not treated. The only way to permanently get rid of excess stress is to meditate. I exercise a lot too, which is a great stress reducer, but it does not create the right mindset.

I learned that stress is a choice, meaning, when I have mastery over my mind, I choose my emotional response to any situation. I choose whether to be upset, or let it go. Meditation changes my state of mind from a negative one to positive one. Quite often, stress impacts my mental functioning and my emotional state. Sometimes I am unable to concentrate and struggle to find that creative spark. Other times, I can’t think straight and can’t remember stuff. This is all because of stress and an inability to control my emotions.

Stress clouds my mental processes. When I’m worried about something, I can’t devote my full focus to my goals because I have too much on my mind. I knew that I needed to take control of my stress first, and then, learn to focus my thoughts on my goals. Meditation has increased my capacity for learning. Since listening to meditation, I have noticed an increase in my creativity in terms of coming up with good ideas in my sales presentations. I feel like those people with light bulbs over their heads in the cartoons!

Meditation removes that stress, giving me the strength to step back from any situation, see it from a new point of view, choose my response and not let it control me. Meditation cements the work done by using the law of attraction on a daily basis.

Increases happiness and self-esteem

Meditation has helped build my self-confidence by positively influencing my mood and helping me overcome bad habits. It has helped me rise above minor issues and frustrations by allowing me to see the bigger picture. It has facilitated me in developing self-mastery to become a more compassionate person with better listening skills and the ability to see multiple points of view. This has had amazing effects on my sales calls because I can now focus 100% on my client’s world instead of my own which allows me to build trust in an authentic and compassionate way. I have learned the art of forgiveness and understanding of myself and others as well as learning to accept myself.

I find myself worrying and obsessing less about the little things in life that sometimes get us down. T.Harv Eker, Author & Speaker, has countless examples of goals and has a saying “You can be right or you can be rich” What that means to me is that when there is a problem, we always play the blame game and focus on who was wrong, not on how to solve the problem. We all do it. I use to have agendas to prove that I was right. Now I focus on the problem and not who is wrong or right. If you do that you can never be rich. Being rich does not specifically mean money. I take this to mean being rich spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. Not necessarily your bank balance but your life balance.

Increases energy levels

Meditation has increased my ability to perform at my absolute peak of potential, both mentally and physically. I remember seeing a footballer called Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in the tunnel before a major football game. He had his headphones on and was completely tuned out of the world. He was going within, summoning his most intense focus and finding the hidden reserves of strength, endurance and willpower he knew lay in his mind. He had a great game that day and his team won the match.

Whenever I worry and experience negative emotions, I redirect my thoughts. I create and visualize what I want instead of what I don’t want by focusing on the positive instead of the negative. I do this as often as possible so that I reprogram my mind to think in a more positive way. This influences my actions and ultimately my results. T. Harv Eker spoke about how we shower and wash our teeth every day. Well meditation is like a shower for our mind. It needs to be done every day.

I started meditation with a commitment to make one meaningful change. I pick the worst problem and once that is altered, I move on to other problems.

What other examples of goals do you use to reduce stress and increase your self-confidence? Please share below…

Author's Bio: 

Hi my name is Gary Daly and thanks for reading my article.I am a licensed FIFA football agent and work in sales and marketing.

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