The paradox for finding the right solution (for any problem) these days is that our instinct is to seek outside resources. With all the innovation, tools, apps, shortcuts, etc. available to us we look for a quick fix externally, rather than an internal remedy.
The quintessential example is the story about writing in zero gravity. Supposedly, the U.S. spent millions on a pen that would write in space. The Russians used a pencil.
Another example I like to use is The Beatles. They recorded some of the most timeless music in history with very little technology. In fact, they trained themselves to “problem solve” using internal methods – getting more creative with existing tools, rather than looking for external shortcuts.
The result of forcing yourself to problem solve “internally” is that you improve common sense, sharpen your creativity (and save lots of money).
The time will come when you’ve exhausted internal resources and common sense and you will need to go externally to get the next level. By maintaining this practice, you will easily spot the problems that really do need external solutions.
Being self-employed is hard. Sure, there is no boss, but then again no one is giving you tasks. You have to take it all on and prioritize and make sure the right stuff is getting done.
It gets very stressful and I’ve struggled with minor (and no-so minor) bouts of anxiety.
I’ve done a bunch of research and tested various types of meditation. Many creatively ambitious people including; Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Tim Ferris and many others have discovered a secret.
This is it – and it’s pretty simple.
Two, 20-minute mediation sessions each day. One in the morning and one in the late afternoon.
The morning session will clear your mind from all the noise and “to-do’s” that are on the list and give you the focus to start knocking them out. The afternoon session will refill your mental and emotional gas tank and you will feel refreshed for the second part of your day.
Try it for one week and see the results.
If 20 minutes is to long, start with 5 or 10.
Just sit in a chair, close your eyes and picture a flame. Focus on the flame and take deep breaths. Open your throat and breath through your nose. I like to hum which also helps my focus and vocal cords (I’m a singer).
You will likely have many thoughts running through your mind (like this is boring). Just set all thoughts aside and focus on the flame.
The benefits are astounding.
Focus and energy are the firepower needed to be productive in any field, job, creative outlet, etc.
Let me know how it goes!