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6 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Work Life From Average to Successful

6 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Work Life From Average to Successful

Meditation has a lot of health benefits, yet few people know how beneficial it can be for your professional life. Luckily, when I got my first and only corporate job, I had a colleague who guided me into meditation. Over the years, I began to realize that meditation can turn you from an average worker to a successful worker. This is how meditating for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 in the evening changed my work life in the last three years.

1. I am more relaxed

When I first took up meditation I had been employed at a large corporation for only two days, so I was extremely stressed out and tensed. After starting to meditate for 5 minutes daily, increasing the amount of time each week, I noticed how I became a lot more relaxed. My natural anxious personality was somewhat muted and I stopped being put off by small incidents. On the long run, this made me a better team player and a better problem-solver.

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2. I don’t have moods anymore

Many people have moods, which can alter their professional conduct. Especially in women, these moods can make them more impulsive and make them prone to crying at work. There is no doubt nowadays jobs put a lot of pressure on the employees, so getting help from meditation in leveling your moods can make you a better employee, as well as a better person.

3. I got multiple promotions

As everyone at work noticed my emotional stability and newly found productivity, I got multiple promotions. My managers told me they saw how I became a lot more stable and calmer, even under high pressure. They saw how I was able to take difficult decisions in a short time and they decided I would make a great manager. All these were due to my new habit of meditating, which made me a calm and assertive person, who could manage well tight deadlines and risky situations.

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4. Guided meditation helped me make peace with my inner voice

My entire life I struggled to fall asleep and focus, as my “inner voice” was screaming out loud. After I took up meditation, I noticed just how many thoughts were roaming in my head at the same time. As I advanced with meditation, I also took up yoga classes, which helped me mute my “inner voice” and make peace with my thoughts. Needless to say, this helped me focus at better at my job and increased my productivity.

5. My social skills improved

As I learned to shut down my thoughts, I became a better listener. People came to me for advice and I often found myself motivating my team. I was able to calm other people down and make them realize what really mattered at the end of the day.

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Meditation improved my social skills, because I learned how to listen to people, be calm and relaxed. Then you can easily overcome socially challenging situations, like speaking in front of crowds or making peace between two workers. For someone who had trouble listening to people, this was a major change, brought on by meditation.

6. I learned to love my job

Probably the most important benefit of meditation was the fact that it helped me love my job. It’s not glamorous to stay at the office from 9 to 5, sometimes working overtime, answering mails and completing reports. At first, I hated this boring job. But as I learned who I was and how to control myself,

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I also learned to love my job. I began to see the small, beautiful things at the office. How my colleague was bringing in fresh flowers daily, how another one was burning scented candles and how one of the top managers was always telling us a bad joke at the start of the day. These small things meant a lot. And I realized I loved my job, despite all the long hours and boring work.

There are many more benefits of meditation one can talk about, but you have to start practicing it, in order to enjoy all of them. The sooner, the better!

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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