#BiteSize is a video series where leading experts answer some of the most pressing questions entrepreneurs have while building or marketing their startups.
In the latest episode of #BiteSize, Glenn Harrold talks about how meditation can help an entrepreneur to succeed in life and in business.
Glenn Harrold is an author, musician and experienced clinical hypnotherapist who has helped thousands of clients over a wide range of stress related problems. He has combined his hypnotherapy skills with an extensive recording knowledge to produce a uniquely effective series of high quality hypnosis recordings that have sold over 6 million copies and are well established as the UK’s best selling self-help audio titles of all time.
Glenn also writes self-help books for Orion in the UK and McGraw Hill in the USA and produces hypnotherapy CDs for BBC audiobooks and his own company Diviniti Publishing Ltd.
His Relax & Sleep Well App has become the world’s biggest grossing self-help App and has been downloaded over 1 million times. It has been number one in the lifestyle chart in over 30 countries and reached number 5 in the USA. Most of Glenn’s catalogue of hypnosis and meditation titles are now available on the Apple and Android App Stores.
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Transcript of the Video
Meditation can be a really useful tool for somebody who’s an entrepreneur because to be an entrepreneur, you need to have lots of ideas, you need to be very motivated and driven and sometimes you can push yourself really hard when you’re doing all those things. Meditation can work really well to give you a respite from that.
It gives you timeout to recharge and rebuild. A good example of that is Margaret Thatcher used to sleep for 4 hours a night, but in the middle of the day, she would do 20 minutes of recharging through meditation or self-hypnosis. Love or hate Margaret Thatcher, but she got a lot of things done.
You often hear of that – people who are in these high powered professions, they’ve learnt to make a space in their day – 10 or 20 minutes in a day to use their inner resources to recharge themselves.
And sometimes if you’re really busy throughout the day, you’ve been making a lot of decisions, you’re in your left brain all the time. Because the left part of the brain is the analytical part of your mind whereas the right part is very creative and that’s the part that comes more predominant when you go to sleep. So, it’s a really good thing to take 10 or 20 minutes in the middle of the day just to calm your mind, just to get very centered and you can begin to do that through your breath.
If you’re in a busy office and you need that time out, just find somewhere to sit where you’re not going to be disturbed and then just focus on your breathing. Begin to breathe through your nose and out through your mouth. And feel yourself begin to relax. Clear away any conscious thoughts. If any conscious thoughts come to your head, allow them to drift out again so that you let you mind become still and quite.
Do this just for 20 minutes if you can and then at the end of that, slowly bring yourself back out into the world and you’re ready to go again. And you’ll feel completely different. You’ll feel recharged, you’ll feel creative again, you’ll feel energised. Because what you’ve done in that time, you’ve allowed your left brain to recharge and reboot and in doing that, you come back and feel so refreshed.
And 20 minutes of doing that in the middle of the day is as good as 2-3 hours of sleep at night.
Another thing you can do with a new venture or a new business is to set yourself really clear goals. For example, years and years ago, I wanted to own an Aston Martin. And I was totally broke at the time. My conscious brain would say ‘how you’re going to do that’. So what I did was that I found a picture of the car that I wanted – a gorgeous picture of an Aston Martin in a magazine and I cut it out and I put it in front of my computer. I had one picture in my computer, it was all around my house and I was seeing it all the time and regularly.
And I began to go into that centered state again and I was very still and quite and my left brain was switched off and I started to do my affirmations on abundance. So I had these clear goals written out and affirmations and I used to recite these affirmations when I was in that state. And they’re more effective when you’re in that state because you’re not analysing them, you’re just programming your mind with them.
I liken it to programming a computer. So what you put in is what’s going to come back out.
My business at that time was to make recordings, I was making cassette recordings in my home studio, printing covers and going to the local shops and selling to them. I started with that simple plan and I really believed in the visualisations and the affirmations and I started imagining owing the Aston Martin and imagining these cassettes selling all over the world and really visualising it every single day.
If you want to build a good body, you go to the gym four times a week, so think of it like that – if you want to build abundance and achieve success, your mind has got to be right. So do this 7 times a week if you can. When you do this, the momentum and the energy you create from it builds and you find that you meet the right person at the right time and the whole thing grows. It kind of pushes you all the time. The inner work is as important as the outer work.
Fast forwarding sure enough I got to the point when I was going to buy an Aston Martin and just before I bought it, I found the original picture that I saved into my computer when I was completely broke and I thought, wow, I’d visualised this 10 years ago and it slowly it steps up to get there. It gave me so much belief in how important the inner work is.
To become that great successful entrepreneur, I completely recommend using the affirmations, goal setting and using that time in the middle of your busy day to recharge, that’s so important. That’s the key to success so good luck to you!