Many of the world’s greats label meditation as their best lifehack. But it’s not just anecdotal evidence – a tonne of research done on meditation (1,2,3,4…etc.) shows that it’s not just woo-woo.
I have to admit:
Meditation is a tough habit to introduce into your life, especially because the results are hard to track. They’re intangible and hard to describe, but here’s what I experience when I meditate regularly:
- Clear, laser-like focus without the usual stream-of-consciousness crappy idea flow (this is especially beneficial for the type-A folk).
- Less anxiety and FOMO (fear of missing out). This is something I’ve battled all my life and mindfulness and meditation practise relieves it significantly.
- Emotional intelligence is upped a notch. Because of this brief daily practise I’m a better partner, friend and boss. It’s incredible!
It all sounds good, but you might be at that point in life where, for whatever reason, it’s extremely hard to start meditating. There might not be enough time, you might feel too busy to sit still, or you already tried it without noticing any of the benefits I described.
I’ve been there too. In fact, I spent a few years starting the habit, and dropping it, until I found what worked!
No it wasn’t Calm or Headspace (which are great options for beginners btw), but one simple trigger that is specific to my own mind. What was it?
Keyboard typing sound… Wait, keyboard typing?
Yes. Listening to the sound of computer keyboard typing seems to unify my mind and body. An unusual relaxation and sense of calm comes over me. I noticed this effect several times before identifying its source.
Hours spent using Calm app would never get me to a state of presence. I would feel like I was on the cusp of reaching it but never quite there, no matter how long I meditated for.
So I decided to put a few recording sessions in to make my own guided mindfulness meditation playlist. For myself first, but maybe also for you if you find it useful.
Now, keyboard typing might not be your thing. But the sounds of nature, a fireplace or a plain guided meditation might help you out.
Are you ready to give it a try?
Enter the High Achiever Diet Guided Meditation
BONUS: How to make it a daily practice
To make meditation a daily practice I recommend using the following strategies:
- Start small. Just as lifestyle designer Tim Ferriss uses “what if it would be easy” approach to solving complex problems, you can approach habit building the same way. Just 10 mins a day is all it it takes to build a lasting habit. Once this seems like an easy thing to practice – up the time accordingly.
- Find an accountability partner. Ask a friend or family member to keep you accountable by reminding and checking in with you daily. Since we as human have been known to blindly fall prey to loss aversion tactics – why not to try put in some cash into play? For example, give your accountability partner a $50 (small and at the same time significant amount of money) as a deposit. If you fail to meditate daily for the next 66 days (the time needed to build a lasting habit based on a UK study), you lose the money. Once you’re done with this practice you’ll get your money back. Due to loss aversion we tend to try harder to avoid losing any money (even $10 bucks would do the trick).
- Think of it as an investment into a better you. For some people to sit without doing anything for 10 minutes might seem like a stretch. I’ve been there too. However, treat it like brushing your teeth. You won’t die from skipping it once or twice, but brushing your teeth regularly makes you feel better. It’s not only a future-proof strategy to stay healthier longer, but it’s also a way to get that quick self-confidence boost.
Ready to give it a go?
Check our guided mindfulness meditation that takes just 10mins daily here: