The CEO of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, recently tweeted that was checking out TM meditation – a technique that become popular in the 1960s and now has a large celebrity following too.
2. Ray Dalio, Founder/CIO, Bridgewater Associates
Ray Ralio, in an interview once said: “Meditation more than anything in my life was the biggest ingredient of whatever success I’ve had.”
3. Tony Schwartz, Founder & CEO, The Energy Project
Tony Schwartz originally started meditating over 20 years ago to help quiet his busy mind – he says it also helped him to fix his chronic migraines and improve his work performance.
In a Harvard Business Review blog, he wrote: “Maintaining a steady reservoir of energy — physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually — requires refueling it intermittently.”
4. Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
Bill Ford told Jack Kornfield at a Wisdom 2.0 conference that during difficult times at the company, he set an intention every morning to go through his day with compassion. And to do this he began developing the quality of compassion through a loving-kindness meditation.
5. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah has often been an advocate of Transcendental meditation, and said she meditates for 20 minutes, twice a day. She has also regularly brought in meditation teachers for employees at Harpo Productions.
6. Larry Brilliant, CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Larry Brilliant, CEO of the Skoll Global Threats Fund and former director of Google.org, spent two years during his 20s living in a Himalayan ashram and meditating, until his guru instructed him to join a World Health Organization team working to fight smallpox in New Delhi.
7. Russell Simmons, Co-Founder, Def Jam Records
Russell Simmons has long practiced Transcendental Meditation, and often speaks about the positive benefits of it.
In an article on the Huffington Post, he wrote: “I have been a meditator for about 12 years. It has given me energy, strength, health, wisdom, and access to my own inner stillness, inner silence, inner bliss. It is my connection to myself; it is my connection to the universe.
You don’t have to believe in meditation for it to work. You just have to take the time to do it. The old truth is still true today, “God helps those who help themselves.” My advice? Meditate.”
8. Robert Stiller, CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.
There is a dedicated meditation room at the Vermont headquarters of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and CEO Robert Stiller himself has been meditating for years.
“I’m a great supporter of Transcendental Meditation. I’ve been using it for almost 40 years now – and I think it’s a great tool for anyone to have, to be able to utilize as a tool for stress. Stress, of course, comes with almost every business. I think there are enough studies out there that show that TM is something that could benefit anybody. It’s a great system to use. Otherwise, why would I’ve been doing it for all these years, for almost half of my life?“
11. Michael Wainwright, Managing Director of Boodles Jeweler
Michael Wainwright said this about meditation:
“One thing that has changed my life is Transcendental Meditation. I’m a pretty bad sleeper and I went to my doctor 12 years ago for some help and instead of sending me to a sleep psychologist he told me to try meditation.I’m now addicted to it. It’s added to my clarity of mind a huge amount. I do quite a lot of public speaking and I’m not the most relaxed public speaker, so an hour beforehand I go and meditate for 15 minutes and it calms me down and focuses me. Meditation requires a bit of discipline but the benefits accrue and the longer you do it, the more beneficial it becomes.“
12. Marc Benioff – Salesforce
According to a 2005 SF Chronical article, he’s been meditating for years.
“I enjoy meditation, which I’ve been doing for over a decade — probably to help relieve the stress I was going through when I was working at Oracle,” he said.
This seems to be a pretty common theme among high level executives or people in positions of responsibility.
Millionaire Health Habit #2
The second daily health habit is something that many of you hear about every day – but approach entirely wrong – which is why you fail to consistently do it.
#1 Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin
When asked what his #1 secret to success was, he said “Work out.”
By his estimate, he said it gave him an additional four hours of productivity a day.
(Don’t forget, he’s a billionaire).
#2 Warren Buffet, CEO Berkshire Hathaway
The billionaire doesn’t try to hide his less-than-nutritious food choices, but to make up for those indulgences, he’s taken to exercise, CNBC reported. When his doctor gave him the choice between cleaning up his diet or working out, he told CNBC he picked exercise, the “lesser of two evils.”
In a 2003 issue of O Magazine, her trainer detailed some of her training sessions, which involved 45 minutes of cardio six days a week, and four to five weight lifting sessions a week.
#4 Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President
Bill Clinton was famous for his jogging habit which was something his secret service weren’t so thrilled about, because he loved going for jogs outside of the White House grounds.
One of his agents that protected him said he regularly ran for three days a week for about 40 minutes.
#5 Robert Iger, Disney CEO
Disney CEO is one of the classic “early risers” who wakes up as early as 4:30 am to enjoy some quiet time and begin to work.
In an interview with the NYTimes, he said, “I get up at 4:30 every morning. I like the quiet time. It’s a time I can recharge my batteries a bit. I exercise and I clear my head and I catch up on the world. I read papers. I look at e-mail. I surf the Web. I watch a little TV, all at the same time. I call it my quiet time but I’m already multitasking. I love listening to music, so I’ll do that in the morning, too, when I’m exercising and watching the news.”
The Key That They Know, That You Don’t
“Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory, and learning,” John Ratey, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School once said in an interview. “Even 10 minutes of activity change the brain.”
We already know how good this stuff is for us… but we don’t do it – because of one key thing.
Those of us that already do these two things daily, know how much they contribute to our quality of life. Most people that meditate daily or exercise daily describe these practices as “life changing.”
People that already do these feel the positive effects – the massive boost in energy, happiness, life satisfaction, clarity of thinking.
But the people that don’t already do these don’t know the positive effects because they haven’t felt them yet.
So the real million dollar question is how can you get yourself to actually do it?
Well, there is some cool science on this too.
The Surprising Power of “Nudges”
The majority of long-term exercisers LOVE the feeling that exercise gets them… but how do you get someone to exercise who doesn’t know that feeling? How do you get someone who hates the idea of exercise, to feel how good it really is?
Well, it turns out that researchers did just that.
The study proved that with a relatively easy fix – a regular phone call – you can keep people motivated and consistent with just about anything.
In the Stanford study, 218 participants were divided into three groups.
In one group, a health educator would call the participants every three weeks to ask about their progress, and then offer some brief words of encouragement and tell them to keep going.
In another group, an automated voice message called the person and encouraged them, and helped keep them going.
In the third group, there was no follow up call to encourage the people.
After 12 months, people that got a call from a live person were exercising about one hour and two hours and 58 minutes a week.
The people who received programmed, computerized calls had doubled their exercise levels to about two hours and 37 minutes
The third control group, who didn’t get any calls, exercised 118 minutes a week.
At the end of the study, one of the participants said:
“I used to be able to tell you what was on television every night. Now I have no idea. I’m up and moving, and so are my children.”
Just this tiny act – a phone call reminder every two weeks – was enough to totally transform her life.
It’s amazing how simple, and effective, a small regular reminder is – whether it’s automated or a real person.
How to Accomplish Just About Anything… Easily
Starting is the easy part of anything, right?
You might be inspired by this article, and sit down to meditate for five minutes during your work break.
But like anything in life, the secret sauce is keeping going.
And how do you keep going? By a super easy method of holding yourself accountable – have a friend call you every two weeks to ask about your progress. It’s even more powerful if you form a “mastermind” group where you meet once a week over the phone, or skype, or email, and quickly discuss what worked, what didn’t, and how to proceed on the road ahead.
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