10 Meditation Tips for Ambitious People
Ambition is a marvelous trait to have! Ambitious people can liven up a room with their determination and excitement. They are usually the ones who encourage others to stay on task and see the end goal as a certainty. Here’s the thing that go-getters often neglect though: their personal down time and self-care when it comes to health, relaxation, and sleep.
It’s easy for goal-driven individuals to get engulfed in the project at hand. This is understandable and much of the reason they so often succeed. However, there is a specific relax time that is not only good for you, but also good for your goals: meditation.
You might be thinking you don’t have time to sit around and meditate or you can’t turn off your thoughts. The truth is, you do have time—if you choose to make the time. A meditation practice doesn’t have to take a lot of time. In fact, there are some easy ways for you to include it into your busy life, no zen room needed.
1. Desk Time
More than likely, you spend a significant amount of time at a desk. Whether researching, emailing, or invoicing, today’s world of work requires a lot of tech time. Sitting for long periods can be rough on your body—all the tabs and tasks can overwhelm the mind. Taking a mental break for five to 10 minutes for a short meditation can actually be productive to the current goal. You will restart with a more relaxed mind, less tension in the body, and possibly an epiphany toward the mission.
Here’s how to do it:
- Put your computer on sleep mode.
- Set a timer for a five to 10 minutes.
- Find your most comfortable position in the chair.
- Allow your arms to relax and rotate your neck down and around, rolling the stress away.
- Think silently to yourself affirmations such as “I am successful” “I am productive” “I am healthy” “I am a leader.” Choose any sentence you would like and repeat it slowly. After each repetition, increase the time before starting the sentence again. If another thought comes into your mind, just observe it, and begin your chosen affirmation again.
- As you repeat the affirmations, take some time to stretch in or out of your chair. You can see some chair yoga positions here. Don’t focus on a full chair yoga routine, just a couple ideas each day.
2. Road Warrior
You’re called a warrior for a reason. You have fought traffic, road rage, weather, long hours, flat tires, and break downs. The question is: Were you trained for this? Probably not. You were taught the basics of driving, but there is a lot more to deal with that how well you handle the wheel. Meditation can be a tremendous help in fighting it all: