Running your own business requires Olympic-level multi-tasking and organisation. As our own CEOs, we need to be across almost all aspects of our business at all times – which can come with a serious side dose of stress.
It doesn’t help that we live in a culture that celebrates busyness. Running between meetings and running your own empire is a super power we covet. It’s what we think we need to succeed.
But as anyone in business will tell you – this level of busy-ness is a recipe for burnout.
So how do we manage all the tasks when we’re running our own business (and a life on the side) without the cortisol overdrive?
How do we not burn out from it all?
Meditation has been my saving grace as I have built my business over the past five years.
Going from a stressed out journalist to building an online business has certainly required its fair share of hustle over the last few years, but the only reason (and I really mean the ONLY reason) I am not a complete mess is my daily meditation practice.
Meditation has allowed me to heal my completely frazzled nervous system from years of shift work and high adrenaline jobs. Meditation has allowed me to calm myself when something has gone wrong and my mind kicks into disaster mode. Meditation has taught me to quiet the noise of social media and trust my own gut instincts more.
And it’s not just for the hippy yoga teachers anymore. Some of the world’s top leaders and entrepreneurs swear by their daily practice too: Arianna Huffington, Steve Jobs, former Yahoo now LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, and Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff to name a few.
But here’s the real secret:
This is not just for your pre-dawn life. This is a way of be-ing in your business.
This is the power of meditation – it allows you to drop out of your mind (which, let’s face it, is always going to freak out and tell you the worst case scenario), and back into a place of knowing, calm, and certainty.
This is why so many highly successful people rely on it – it brings the steadiness and confidence we all need to run a business in this world.
Amy Taylor-Kabbaz is a writer, producer, speaker and mother to three young children. After more than a decade covering breaking news and current affairs for the ABC around the country, her ‘traditional’ career took an unexpected turn when she found herself lost, overwhelmed and diagnosed with a thyroid condition after the birth of her first daughter.
11 years – and two more babies – later, she is now a best-selling author, the host of the ‘The Happy Mama Movement’ podcast (with more than 200,000 downloads), runs numerous online programs for mothers all over the world, is an international award-winning coach, sub-editor of Mama Disrupt magazine and expert contributor to Mindful Parenting magazine, and the creator of the #1 itunes meditations for children ‘Bedtime Explorers’. Her latest book ‘Mama Rising’ was released by Hay House in Australia and New Zealand in December 2019, and will be released internationally in March 2020.