Have you ever experienced a day when you are subjected to challenge after challenge after challenge? Have you noticed that within the challenges you lose focus, you become distracted, irritable and your performance for that day declines? How about this, are you a business owner that has been experiencing more challenges since the decline of the economy? Has these challenges caused a reactionary response which in turn has caused the company to lose its overall focus? Has this caused you or the company to exhibit a scattered behavior? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, I am here to tell you that you are not alone.
When we are thrown off our game plan due to an unexpected challenge, it is easy to get distracted and lose focus. A natural response to a challenge occurs in one of three ways, you address the challenge, you procrastinate leading to a more complex challenge or you do not address the challenge at all. It does not matter which way you respond to the challenge the mere fact of its existence will distract you and once the distraction occurs you will lose complete focus and will not be able to perform at your best. Now I understand that there are people out there that say “when a challenge comes their way, they step up to the plate and deal with the challenge,” that the challenge actual makes them improve their performance and I say yes but you are still distracted by the challenge. And that goes for the business owner too.
The best way to avoid distraction from the challenge and to make sure your mind stays focus is to have clarity. Clarity can be achieved in a variety of ways and allows the mind to experience peace. When there is clarity, there is not chaos. The two can not exist together within the human mind. The mind is either clear or not. The mind is either at peace or not. The mind is either focused or not. It is within the state of clarity that our minds are able to be focused and operate at its best. It is within this clarity that we are able to deal with the challenges that may come our way without getting distracted and becoming overwhelmed. Clarity allows us to operate with efficiency and purpose and is one of the key ingredients that allow us to perform at our best.
As our society becomes busier, more stimulated and technology advances, it will become very important to have a mind that is clear that will allow us to maintain a focused state and keep up with the demands of daily living.
So how do you get this clarity that helps you to stay focused and improve your performance when challenges come your way? It is very simple and the solution has been in existence for centuries and is practiced throughout the world. The solution is Meditation.
Meditation is a beautiful way to bring clarity to your mind and peace and harmony to your body. When your mind is at peace your body will follow and your performance will improve. Harvard researchers found that people that meditated were better able to control a specific type of brain waves called alpha rhythms. These brain wave activity patterns are thought to minimize distractions. Research showed that meditation increases the alpha rhythms which make you better at focusing, in part by allowing you to better regulate how challenges that arise will impact you.
So now you may be asking how do you meditate and how am I going to find the time to do that? Meditation does not require a lot of time and can be done almost anywhere. However it is best to meditate in an area where you will not be disturbed during the time that you are meditating. All you need to do is to take 5 minutes out of your day to begin this practice. You can do it in the morning, mid day or evening. Find a quiet place to sit where you will not be disturbed. You can choose to set a timer for the time you allotted to do this practice to assist you without interrupting the meditation by opening your eyes to check the time. The easiest when to begin to meditate is to close your eyes and focus on your breath or to say a mantra such as OM or a word such as peace. If your mind begins to wander simply allow the thought to complete itself and bring your attention back to your breath or the mantra. When the timer goes off, simply open your eyes and sit still in the moment, thank yourself for taking time to do this healing practice. Know that meditation is a true gift to yourself that will benefit you in so many ways such as more clarity, peace, focus and improved performance.
So go ahead and improve your performance by bringing more clarity into your life no matter what curve ball may come your way. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.
Rochele M. Lawson, RN,MA,AHP,CMS