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What Happened When I Meditated Every Morning for 2 Years

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It’s almost impossible to read a recently published self-help book and not come across the author explaining the benefits of meditation. I remember when I first heard about meditation when I was in college. But back then, to be honest, it seemed next to impossible to see myself sitting still for anything.

I was either chasing my next goal or feeling like I didn’t have enough time in my day. So why on earth would I spend 10-20 minutes in complete silence with minimum movement. As a high achiever who was always focused on the next goal, I never could reconcile this.

It wasn’t until I started hearing the scientific benefits and the testimonials of others who’ve integrated a meditation practice that I said to myself, maybe I should give this thing a try.

Meditation benefits

The benefits of meditation range from reducing negative emotions, increased creativity, increased life expectancy, peaceful sleep, improved focus, and developing a sense of calm in the face of adversity.

So I downloaded apps like Headspace and Calm and tried to give them a try.It wasn’t enough for me though. I could hardly keep still. It became something I wanted to avoid. Most likely because I didn’t see or feel the immediate benefits that everyone was raving about.

It wasn’t until I felt stagnant in my personal growth and hit rock bottom in my career and businesses that I realized I needed something to ground me. My productivity began to slow, and my overall life satisfaction declined. I was so bogged down with stress that I felt like I was living in survival mode 24/7. In fact, science says I actually was. 

When the body lives in continuous stress for a prolonged period of time, it can contribute to heart attacks, diabetes, lack of sleep, forgetfulness, and headaches. Needless to say, I was heading down the wrong path to success.

So, since the apps didn’t work for me – I signed up for lessons at a local meditation studio. Every day after work, I was taught the basic principles of following my breath, and when my mind began to wander – I would gently return my attention back to my breath.

After about one week of sessions, I was hooked. Finally, the benefits that everyone was raving about began to come! The zest of my life was coming back. Productivity, focus, and my overall sense of satisfaction began to rise.

I ended up leaving the meditation studio and began to consider integrating a meditation early in the morning so that I could receive the full benefits throughout the day.

“Meditation is not about stopping thoughts, but recognizing that we are more than our thoughts and our feelings.” — Arianna Huffington

What meditation did for me and my life

It wasn’t easy, but I’ve been meditating for 20 minutes just about every day at 6 am for the past two years. And to be honest, even to this day, sitting 20 min a day to be silent still doesn’t excite me, but the ROI you receive from consistent meditation compounds quickly.

I was able to accomplish my tasks much more quickly and elegantly. In addition, I felt like I increased my ability to handle stress more tactfully and wisely. Not only that, it gave me the inner calmness to meet challenges and solve them in much less time than they would typically take.

I even began to notice a rise of synchronicities, coincidences, and serendipities in my life. I felt like I was meeting the right people, getting the perfect parking spot, and making the right moves in my career and business. I was indeed strengthening my intuition and my ability to become conscious of my external reality. 

Emily Fletcher, author of Stress Less, Accomplish More says, as you commit to daily meditation sessions, “your increased ability to hold multiple things in one awareness will allow you to pick up on subtle, almost imperceptible clues, which, in turn, will allow you to read situations faster and with more accuracy.”

As you can see, consistent meditation can begin to feel like a cheat code in your life.

And I’m not the only one that thinks like this. Russell Simmons, Joe Rogan, Oprah, Kobe Bryant, Will Smith all rave about the benefits of daily mediation. Even Ray Dalio, the founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, says that meditation is the single biggest thing he can trace back to his success.

Daily meditation does require a small investment of your time, but the payoff is exponential. As Emily Fletcher would say, investing just 2 percent of your day to dramatically improve the other 98 percent is worth it!

I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t start my day or leave the house before a meditation session. It’s become a daily habit like brushing my teeth or taking a shower. The benefits it provides me enhance my daily life experience and make even the challenging moments in life blissful or a growing opportunity to advance myself.

So, if you want to upgrade your success and health in life – integrating a morning meditation could be the answer you are seeking.

Chazz Scott is a keynote speaker and mindset expert. He trains entrepreneurs, leaders, and professionals to achieve their potential personally and professionally. Chazz is also the Executive Director & Chief Creative Optimist of Positively Caviar, Inc., a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit, focused on using optimism and positive thinking to build mental resilience and disrupt mental health stigmas in underserved communities. For more info, check out his weekly blog at: www.chazzscott.com or download his latest workbook designed to help you build good habits and break bad ones to achieve your goals faster: download here.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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