Many business leaders like Ray Dalio (billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates), Jeff Weiner (the CEO of LinkedIn), Bill Ford (the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company)* stand by meditation as their most effective method to increase mind performance at work.
Positive thinking has been proven to have an affect on health, happiness, and longevity. Research shows that people who cultivate negative energy have more stress and illness. It has also been demonstrated that negative people have less opportunity over the course of life than those who are positive and view themselves as less happy versus positive people. What is more important than being positive or thinking positive thoughts is avoiding negative emotions and thoughts.
What is usually missed by most of us when trying to get better at a particular sport or achieving greater sport specific fitness, is the impact of the mind-body connection. It is just as important to train the mind as it is to train the body. Guided visualization can do that for you. Guided visualization is what all of the top athletes do to keep the body calm and focused during stressful times and to visualize the body doing sports specific movements such as a golf swing with perfection or perfect ski turns. “The body achieves what the mind believes. ”
I had no idea what being truly sleep deprived meant until I had my first daughter. It was also a cesarean so I couldn’t exercise for 6 weeks. By the time I was allowed to return to yoga and pilates I couldn’t even “find” my core let alone activate it. Often times I would make myself a cup of tea, get distracted, notice that the tea got cold, and when I warmed it up, I simply forgot it in the microwave. It was that kind of tired when your brain shuts off. ”