How Meditation Affects Your Career Approach
Meditation has helped me in my career in so many ways. But, I would like to dispel the myth that it is some sort of magic. You see the names of books by meditation gurus and self-help moguls like “Meditate your way to wealth”, and it seems like there is a direct line between meditating and making a million dollars. That’s not quite how it works, though when you get into meditation people may say it’s going to fix everything immediately. Meditation cannot make the things that you want appear out of thin air. What it can do is help you tap into your own skills that will help you make those things happen through work and real, tangible actions. Meditation can also help you get in touch with what it is that you really want. On a surface level, we think we all just want more money and more forward movement. But, that’s not really what would make us happy, nor do we actually know how to define forward movement—it means different things to different people. Here is how meditation can change the way you approach your career.
You focus on your experiences
You will focus more on how you feel when you do the work. How does your line of work, and the daily steps you take towards your goal, make you feel? What do you love about it? How would you describe your experience of it?
Not outside perception
By focusing more on what you love about your work, you focus less on what others think about you. We’re so accustomed to looking at ourselves from other’s perspectives and worrying about how others judge or perceive or progress. But, that doesn’t help us, and it distracts from the energizing process of focusing on what you love about your work.
You trust the timeline
Meditation will get you thinking about the timeline of your career, in a big picture way. You’ll think about all you’ve overcome to get to where you are today, and how you are exactly where you’re meant to be—today. It helps you trust that if you continue to do the work, the rest will take care of itself.
Rather than feel rushed
Since you trust the timeline more, that feeling of falling behind or being rushed fades away. That feeling was only making you nervous and interfering with your ability to do your best work.
You focus on the work
You focus on what an honor it is to do your work. You focus on doing an excellent job at every mini step along the way. You zoom in, and appreciate and analyze just today’s tasks.
Not the results
As you zoom in on today’s tasks, you stop thinking about the results. And, naturally, thinking, “I’m not here yet” or “I don’t have that yet” does not help you in any way. Anyone who gets there or has that did so by just focusing on the day’s tasks in front of them.
You remember all the seeds you’ve planted
You start to recall all of the seeds you’ve planted—and even those you’re unaware of. Who knows how many favors and blessings are coming your way. Who knows what person you met years ago is thinking of you for an opportunity right now, because you once helped her, or because you were kind to her.
And you become hopeful
It’s so easy to think, “What did I do today that will help me today?” but focusing on all the seeds you may have planted reminds you that there are things you did at various times, that could pay off at various times. It’s an exciting and energizing thought.
You ask what you have to offer
Meditation encourages you to ask yourself, “What do I have to offer the world? What gifts have been bestowed on me, that I should share with others?” You do have a lot of unique gifts that you’re, in fact, responsible for sharing with the world.
Not what you want
Approaching your career from a standpoint of, “How can I make the world better?” rather than, “How can I make my life better?” does wonderful things for you. Just wait and see what happens when you shift your focus in that direction.
You aim to put out positivity
You aim, above all else, to put out positivity and warmth. You make that a priority in your interactions with others. Ultimately, you learn that that is what you want to put out in the world, through your work, so you find small ways to do that every day.
Rather than getting results any way you can
Before getting into meditation, you may have just focused on getting the results you wanted, any way possible. That’s not to say you were unethical, but you didn’t also focus on getting results in a manner in which you’re proud of—in a manner that perpetuates the values you’d like to put out there. How you do things is just as important as what you do.
You understand you’re just a blip in time
While it sounds frightening, it really isn’t: meditation puts you in touch with the larger picture of everything, and the understanding that you’re just occupying space on this planet for a little teeny, tiny amount of time.
So you remember to cherish other things
Meditation will teach you one important thing about your career: it isn’t everything. You’ll remember to focus on and cherish other parts of your life like your health and your relationships. Interestingly enough, doing so can be good for your career.
You’re calmer, and more clear-headed
Overall, the very act of meditation will leave you feeling calmer and more clear-headed. You’ll have better decision-making skills and look at situations with the larger picture in mind.