Meditation has changed my life and made me a better businessman. It's also made me more money.
How does that happen? Well, let's break it down...
To be successful in business, you need self-discipline, clean thinking and focus. The more self-discipline, clean thinking, and focus you have -- the more successful you'll be, and the money you'll make in business.
The byproduct of meditation is increased self-discipline, clean thinking and focus. Therefore, meditation makes you money!
In this video, I share why I meditate and how I do it. After watching, you'll be able to meditate and gain the benefits from it too.
Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below?
Here's what we cover:
1. Why the concept of business is easy, but the execution of the concept is extremely hard, due to humans inability to focus.
2. How meditation changed my life and what the "before" and "after" looked like. (it wasn't pretty).
3. How I meditate with simple step-by-step instructions that you can use immediately.
5. Common misconceptions about meditation and why they're wrong. (most people use these stupid excuses).
6. Why most people are good at small micro-tasks, but completely incapable of completing long-term, deep thinking tasks. And why these long-term tasks are the secret to the next level in business.
7. The Zone -- the place where the magic happens and your ability becomes superhuman.
8. Why most people never get to experience the zone and how you can systematically get deep into the zone everyday, at will. (once you can do this, you'll dominate).
9. Practical tips to get into the zone more often: Eliminating alcohol and sugar, staying hydrated, eating healthy, exercising, sleeping 8-hours, and meditation.
Resources mentioned in this video:
1. Kobe Bryant's Documentary "Muse" -- Click here to get it on Amazon Prime.
Hey, everyone. Sam Ovens here. In today's video I want to share with you why I meditate every morning and how I actually go about meditating. Why I want to share this with you is because meditation has helped me a lot, and it's actually helped me make more money in business.
A lot of you might be thinking, "What? Meditation makes you money. How does that work? Because I've tried meditation before and I sat down, did it, and I didn't make any money." How it really works is you've got to look at why do people meditate. Really meditation is all about focus. It's really about getting rid of that chatter in your head and all of that noise and all of that chaos that's going around in your head.
That's what meditation's all about. It's about being able to clear your mind and really focus, and stay on the same task without deviating and things like that until you get it done. It's about self-control as well. That is the purpose of meditation. You don't meditate for the sake of meditating. You meditate to achieve the outcome of meditation, which is focus, concentration, clean thinking, and also self-control.
Those things, the self-control, the clean thinking, the focus, those things are powerful in business, because what is business? Well, business is really just finding a market like a niche of people, finding a problem they share between them, like a widespread problem that exists among participants of a particular niche.
Then finding a solution to that problem, and then selling that solution to those problem, and then doing it as efficiently as you possibly can and at the largest scale you possibly can. That is business. In order to achieve that, you need to be able to think clearly. You also need to have discipline, and you need to be able to focus on things and get them done. You need to be able to really be relentless in policing your mind and policing yourself from distraction.
There's so much noise out there. I watch people every day. They go on to their computer. They open up their laptop. Let's say they go on to Google and they have some intent. They have this intent like, "I need to solve this problem. I need to get an answer to this thing." Then they go on to Google, and then they see down the bottom something pops up like a notification or something.
Then their eyes go there, and they're like, "Ooh." They click on that, and then before they know it they've gotten eight layers deep into some rabbit hole, like probably down some YouTube rabbit hole, probably down some Facebook rabbit hole looking at someone's friend's, someone's friend's, someone's friend's uncle's friend's brother, and their photos. What on earth?
Then they end up on some article about something, and then some other thing, and then some conversation. Before they know it, the end of the day is here. They started their day at 9:00 AM by opening up that laptop with some intent, some purposeful intent to solve some problem or find some answer, but they got distracted and their whole day got torn out from underneath them. Now it's like 7:00, 8:00, and this person's like, "Shit, where did my whole day go?"
They're like, "Well, I don't know how that happened, but tomorrow's the day. Tomorrow I will solve this thing." Then they go to sleep, wake up the next morning, open up that laptop with that same intent. They go, they're about to type it into Google, and then, bup, little notification. Down the rabbit hole again. This just keeps going. You've really got to be extremely self-disciplined, and you've got to be extremely clear-headed, and you've got to be extremely good at focusing on tasks for a long period of time and trying to stay focused and not get distracted.
In the modern world that's extremely hard to do because there's so many distractions. There's so many things competing for your attention and competing for your time. Because of all of this, so where I'm going with all of this is it's hard to focus. In order to be successful in business you need to focus. Therefore anything that can help us focus is going to help us be successful in business.
Meditation is one of those things that I've found to be the most instrumental in helping me focus. That's my point. Most people think, "Meditation, it's a waste of time. I could be sending emails or doing sales calls or something with that 20 minutes." Yeah, but it doesn't work like that. The act of meditating doesn't make you money. The byproduct of meditating makes you money.
It's not a waste of your time, because that 20 minutes at the start of the day, that acts as a force multiplier for every other hour you have in your day. Let's say you work for eight hours a day, and you might think, "Well, why would I waste half an hour of meditating when I only have eight hours? Now I've got seven and a half." Doesn't work like that.
It acts as a force multiplier. Let's say you have eight hours, and you're meditating for 30 minutes. Those eight hours will really be multiplied by two, so you get 16 hours. The time doesn't change, but your productivity changes, and you get more done even though you've got less time because some was spent meditating. This is how it works.
I see people make this mistake all the time. They're like, "I don't have enough time to meditate." Meditation gives you more time even though it takes away some time, because it's a force multiplier. I see some people say, "Meditating, I tried it and it didn't work. I tried it and I didn't make any money." Well, you're not going to make any money from the act of it, but if you meditate consistently for 30 days, I guarantee you, you'll see a change.
Then the other one was I tried meditation and it doesn't work. Well, you don't meditate once and then expect some result. Meditation is something you have to do consistently every single day over a long period of time. Really what you want to do, and this is what I do personally is I meditate every single morning before work, and I do it for 20 minutes.
My morning routine looks like this. I wake up at 6:50 in the morning. At 7:00 I'm at the gym. I work out for about one hour, and then at 8:00 AM I have a smoothie for breakfast, and then at 8:30 AM I have a shower. No. Sorry. From 8:00 AM I have my smoothie, and then at about 8:15 AM I have my shower and get ready, and then at 8:30 AM I start my meditation. Then by 9:00 AM I'm done, and then I'm ready to start my day working at 9:00 AM.
Before I get started on the work, I've done a work out, had something to eat, and I've gotten ready, had a shower and I've meditated. Those things really wake you up. They set the day. They put it in motion. Starting a day after that you're already going. You've really broken that inertia and you've gained that momentum, and so things are already flowing, and you're able to concentrate well for the rest of the day. I'd recommend you do the same. It really helps a lot. Plus, it's free, and it's easy to meditate.
The next question you've probably got is, "Well, how do you meditate?" We know when. We know the frequency. We know the purpose of why, but how? I see a lot of people say, "Well, Sam, what books should I read on meditation? What videos should I watch on meditation? What apps do I use? What pillow do I buy?" It's pretty funny, because you really don't need anything.
Meditation, this is all you need. I just sit on the edge of my chair, and the reason I sit on the edge of my chair is because you don't want to be slouching back. You want to have a straight spine, and you don't want to be resting against something. I just sit on the edge of my desk chair here, and then I just put my hands on the top of my knees like that. Then I just close my eyes, and I use my iPhone as a timer.
I turn it on airplane mode, because I don't want anyone to call me or anything like that while I'm in the middle of it. Turn your on airplane mode. Then just go to your clock, and in countdown timer set it for 20 minutes, press start. Then close your eyes and then all you do is you just breathe in through your nose and then out through your nose. What you try to do is just focus on your breath right there where it touches the skin going into your nose, that point on your nostril.
You just try and focus on that. You try to feel the sensation of the breath coming in, and then the breath going out. You just hold your attention on that. Now, you don't try to think about anything. You're not thinking at all. You're trying to think about nothing. You just do that by focusing on your breath. What you'll find is that thoughts pop into your mind.
Another myth I hear people say about meditation is, "I tried to do it, but I just kept having thoughts." It's like, "Well, obviously." No one sits down and meditates and just doesn't ever have a thought. You have something like 70,000 thoughts a day. They're very rampant. Most people aren't aware of the thoughts they have. They drive them crazy, but meditation really helps you become aware of those thought patterns that you've got.
When you start meditating, don't expect to not have any thoughts. Expect to have a lot of them, but you're going to start to become aware of them and you're going to get better at policing them and focusing back on your breath. Like I said, you just sit down, start the timer. Breathe in through your nose, out through your nose, and when you have a thought, like what you'll find is you start focusing on your breath, and then within a few seconds you'll have a thought and your attention will be carried out over here.
Then that's fine. As soon as you catch it and you become aware that you've gone off focus, catch that thought and just bring your attention back to your breath. Then you'll be focusing on your breath again. Then you have another thought. Then as soon as you catch it, just bring it back to the breath. Then what you'll find is that sometimes you have a thought which then creates another thought, which then creates another thought, which then just creates this entire labyrinth of thought.
It might last for minutes, and then you catch it and you're like, "Whoa." Then you bring it back to your breath. That's what meditation is. It's not just sitting there and not having a single thought. That isn't it. Why you're meditating is so that you can get good at catching your thoughts, becoming aware of them, and then bringing your focus back to your breath.
Now, why this is powerful is because when you first start doing it, you will find that you can barely focus on your breath for a second before you have a thought, and that you have this entire chain of thoughts before you even become aware of it, catch it and bring it back. Now, that is your attention span. The worse that is, the more you have to gain from meditation.
If you try to meditate and it's excruciatingly hard, then that's good. That means that you have a huge amount to gain from meditation. The harder it is for you to do, the more you have to gain from it, because it means that you're basically neurotic. There's no benefit to being neurotic at all. Meditation will help calm you down, and help make you more self-controlled, more clear-headed, and more aware.
That's basically it. I've been meditating for probably two years now, and it's made a huge profound difference to my life and my business and everything. It's made me a lot more self-aware. It's made me a lot more aware of my thought patterns and all of that. It's helped me to develop a much better focus when I'm working. Through self-control, focus and all of that, I've been able to make a lot of money with that, and make big advancements in my business.
It's something that's free. It's something that's easy to do. It's something that adds huge benefit to your life and makes you more money. Really if you're not doing it, then you're kind of stupid because it's one of those things that really helps a lot, and there's no excuse for not doing really.
What you'll find is that whenever you're working, like sometimes the things that make you the most money and add the most value they're typically long-term, big tasks that take a lot of focused attention. They're these big gnarly things, these big hills. Most people are really good at just handling small little tasks, like reply to that email, send that message, read this article, make this phone call, or do this little thing.
They're good at just doing these small, little micro tasks. The problem is with doing those you just train your mind to be good at small, little things that don't really require much focused, deep attention, and deep thinking. As soon as that person goes to do anything meaningful, like build a product or build something that's going to take, let's say it's going to take six months of work every day for nine hours a day every day for six months. That's a big task.
If a person who's used to doing these small little tasks goes to try and do that, then it's going to be excruciating for them. They're just going to be scratching their arms, and they're just going to be thinking of their Facebook app, and their Instagram app, and going over to YouTube and watching another video. Their mind's going to be looking for the exits. They're going to be in panic mode.
It's excruciating for them to sit in one spot and focus on one thing for a period of time longer than a few minutes. This is the thing that stops most people from succeeding in life. It's their inability to stick to something and see it through to the end when it's a big task. They can do the small, little things, but the big ones, they can't do it. It's not that that's who they are. It's not that they can't do it. It's just that they've really just gotten themselves hooked on instant gratification and small, little distraction tasks.
That's what they've gotten themselves hooked on. Once you get hooked on that stuff and you try to do the other thing, it's really hard. It's excruciatingly hard. You need to just practice it and practice it and practice it until you can get it done. Then once you can get those sorts of things done, you will dominate in life and in business. Meditation really helps you with that.
What you'll actually start noticing when you start doing some deep, focused work and working on some big projects is that it is kind of like meditation itself. You're working on this thing fully focused on it, and then you start getting these thoughts. You start catching the thought, and you're like, "Man, why am I thinking about that?" You just keep focusing on the work.
Then you have this other thought and it's over here, and it might be something that happened when you were six years old or something. You're like, "Why the hell am I thinking about that?" You bring it back to the work. Then you might have this ping out over here, and you're thinking about getting a haircut or having a snack, or going and doing this thing, or looking at this book that's on your bookshelf. You have all of these random thoughts, and you just keep bringing your focus back to the work.
Really meditation is exactly the same, in a way, as doing deep, focused work. Meditation trains you for that, and then it enables you to really do that. Once you're able to do that, you'll be able to tackle big things, big, long-term, gnarly things that are going to make a profound difference in your life and in your business.
Then one last thing I will say about meditation is that when you're working on these tasks, and you're really deep into the work, you'll notice that you have all of these other thoughts that really take you away. When you're able to really just pull back and focus on it, each time you do that, you get better at it and better at it and better at it. The period of time that you're focusing gets longer, and longer, and longer.
Before long, you'll be able to do an hour without having a pinging thought out there. Once you're able to do that, once you're able to pretty much focus on something so intensely that it's kind of like you lose your sense of self. It's like you go into the computer, and you forget that you're even here, like your physical body and everything. You forget about your surroundings and your environment and you forget about the time. Time and space just collapse and don't exist.
You're fully in that state. Then all of a sudden you snap out of it, and you're like, "Whoa. What's the time?" All of this time's gone, and you've done all of this work, and you're like, "Man, I didn't even have a single thought during that." It's just like you were flowing. Once you're able to do that for let's say an hour straight or two hours straight without having a single distraction, that is when you've experienced being in the zone.
Once you've experienced being in the zone, your life will change. The zone is where the magic happens. Until you've experienced it, you have no idea what can be done in that place. It's a place that defies the rules of reality, and you can really do some amazing stuff in there. A lot of athletes talk about the zone. Kobe Bryant talks about it a lot. He's got a documentary called Muse, Kobe Bryant Muse. It's really go-
The zone is your best friend when it comes to business, and really anything in life. You want to be able to get into that place as fast as possible and with as much predictability as possible. Then you want to be able to stay in that place for as long as possible and as deeply and as intensely as possible every single day.
I remember back to when I was just getting started in business, and honestly I was never, ever, ever in the zone. I was always so self-conscious and thinking about what other people would think about me, and thinking about all of this external stuff, and thinking about I'm too hot, I'm too cold, I'm too hungry, or I'm tired. I'm all of these things.
What you'll notice is there's all of these words like I'm, and me. It's all about you and how others perceive you and how you think of yourself, and how you're feeling, and all of this crap. Whenever you've got a lot of this going on in your mind, you are most certainly not in the zone. Whenever you're thinking about that stuff, you're totally just really self-absorbed.
Whenever you really care about yourself and how people perceive you and everything, you're definitely not in the zone. That's a sure sign that you're not in it. When you forget about all of that, and it's like everything just disappears and it's like you're pretty much just standing in space by yourself and you're not even having any thoughts or cares or anything, you're just deeply in the work, that's the zone.
Until you can get in there, you can't really achieve anything great and you can't really do anything that productive, because you're too worried. You're too worried about whether it's going to work or not rather than just getting into it and getting it done. When I first started in business, I could never get in there, ever. It was a real uphill battle.
Then after a bit of time, I noticed that I'd work about five, six days a week, and I would notice that about one day a week for a total of about three hours I would just be real focused and get a lot of stuff done for some reason. I'd notice that what I got done in that little timeframe was more than the equivalent of every other day of the week. I was like, "What is going on here? How come I can't be consistent with this? How come I can't do this level of productivity all day, every day?"
It drove me nuts trying to figure it out. Really what it was was it was like every now and then I'd drop into the zone and get into it. I hadn't mastered the ability to control it. It would come on and off without me really knowing and being aware of it. I had no idea how to control it. It took years and years of practice before I could really just turn it on and turn it off and go into it for long periods of time.
These days I can really just get into it every day and stay there for 12, 13 hours and get a lot of stuff done. It's really like having a superpower, honestly, because you can get more stuff done in one day than a lot of people can get done in a month, no kidding, when you get into this place. Tips to get into that place as quickly as possible, stop drinking alcohol. That's one surefire way to wreck your brain and not be able to get into the zone, because it just fogs you over.
It just glazes over your eyes and it just fogs you up, and just numbs you up. Get rid of that. The second thing is cut out sugar. Because sugar really makes your brain go nuts. If you cut that stuff out, you will find it easier to get into the zone. Third one, stay hydrated. Just drink lots of water. Fourth is sleep. You really need to get sleep. I've experimented with this. I tried having not much and it really did not work.
What I noticed from a lot of my experiments is that sleep is more important than diet and exercise and meditation. Sleep is the most important thing. You need to be getting eight hours a night at consistent go to bed times and wake up times. Then exercise helps as well, having a healthy diet, and then meditation. If you do all of those things, you will be able to get into the zone faster, stay in there for longer, and go into deeper levels of concentration.
I only wish someone had told me this back when I was getting started in business, because I was doing none of that, and it was very painful to never be able to get into that space and only experience it once every week for a little period of time. If I had done some of these things like meditation, exercise, and all of that back then, I would be way further ahead than I am now. I wouldn't have had to go through a lot of that torturesome pain and frustration.
That's it for this video. I just wanted to tell you why I meditate, and why you should too. If you want to be a better human, then you should meditate. Seriously, it will really change your life. I gave you some good arguments for why. I don't see any good arguments for why not, so it's one of those things that you should do. I also told you how to get into the zone and how to really know if you're in it or out of it, and how to optimize the ingredients and the variables and the inputs in your life that are going to really create an output of focus and getting into the zone.
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