How to Reduce Stress, Improve Productivity, and Increase Happiness: The Secret of High Performers
High performers meditate. Not only to reduce stress, but to be more productive and, ultimately, happier.
- Jack Dorsey (CEO of Twitter and Square) in response to a question about how he gets more out of his day, mentioned meditation and exercise, saying he typically meditates for 30 minutes every morning.
- Oprah Winfrey (She’s Oprah Winfrey… you know who she is) practices Transcendental Meditation twice per day.
- Arianna Huffington (Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post) wrote in a 2015 blog post “One of the best — and cheapest — ways to become healthier and happier is through mindfulness exercises like meditation.”
- Ray Dalio (The Billionaire Founder & Co-CIO of Bridgewater Associates USA, the largest hedge fund in the world) has said that “Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.”
Oh, and it’s not limited to individuals in business. Here are a few elite level athletes who have used different forms of meditation in their career:
- Michael Jordan
- Derek Jeter
- Kobe Bryant
- Misty May-Trainor
- Kerri Walsh
I could go on for days.
If successful people in all areas of life are using meditation to help reduce stress, improve productivity and performance, and increase happiness, the question becomes: How can you start meditating today?
How to Start Meditating Today
I adopted a meditation practice about a month and a half ago. With my experience I have an idea of how you can get started today.
I’m using the Calm app (It’s free) and I think it’s the easiest way to get started.
Today marks my 50th straight day of meditating. It’s fair to say I’m pumped about it! From my experience I can say it’s helped me be more productive (I just finished a huge multi-month project while also working full time at CLARKtoys) and it’s helped me reduce stress (Exercise has helped as well).
If you want to get started today it can take as little as 2 minutes. Yes, literally 2 minutes – that’s the shortest guided meditation Calm has and I’ve used it on numerous occasions.
My suggestion would be to meditate in the morning, before the craziness of your day begins, and keep it short.
While I prefer meditating 5-10 minutes in the morning, it’s up to you to decide when and how long you choose to meditate.
If you’re still skeptical, as I was when I first started, but are interested because you want to reduce stress and increase performance and happiness let me say this:
Just try it.