Happiness First, Success Will Follow
In our first blog on meditation, we discussed how powerful meditation is to the mind and the benefits that transpire from practicing it. Many think that meditation is just used to help reduce stress and create a clear mind, while this is very true, there are benefits that aren’t quite as obvious, such as goal setting and making better financial choices.
Think of meditation like a pyramid, at the top you have your brain - the ruler of all your decisions. Our career, finances, friends and family life all tier down from here to create the foundation that is your life. Without a clear and focused brain, the rest will crumble.
While priorities and worries are most likely to differ from person to person, we are all ultimately working towards the same goal in life - to be the best versions of ourselves. So how do we know when we have achieved that? It’s simple, you get to decide.
In this blog, MasLife Founder, Kash Amini, focuses on additional benefits that meditation can offer - from envisioning and creating realistic goals, to even helping you to achieve money mindfulness that will positively impact your wealth.
Ready, Set, Goal
If you have a happy mind, it is likely that you will have a better chance of having a clear and focused mind - the best type of mindset to be primed and ready for success. Meditation can definitely help with this but first, let’s take a minute to talk about what is meant by the term ‘success’. The fact is, we all measure success in many different ways. How the world around us determines success can be confusing at times, with influences from many channels muscling-in on our perception of what success could and should look like. Being clear on how to measure your own success, based on what matters to you, is a really valuable starting point. At the heart, achieving success is a personal journey and should only be measured by the achievement of the goals that you set for yourself.
Depending on the size of your aspirations and the challenges associated, setting goals can feel overwhelming. However, the important rule to remember when approaching goal-setting is make sure that they motivate you – make sure that they have an importance to you and from that, you will have a foundation of true ‘value’ associated with achieving them. Making goals deeply meaningful will help you stay focused on the end goal. Many fall into the trap of establishing too many goals, leaving a lack of time to devote to each one.
An important goal setting rule that you may have come across before is to be SMART when choosing your goals
- Time Bound
Here’s where meditation really comes into its own. After meditating, when your mind is at its clearest, remind yourself of your daily and long-term goals. Use this time of clarity to envision the best way you can achieve them, set a schedule or timeline for each individual goal that will help you maximise the amount of effort you can put into each one.
Many of us have goals relating to money and financial wealth - to grow a bigger savings pot, to spend less or to just have better financial security. The trouble is that the demands that life throws at us, can often become louder than the goal itself, and this is what gets in the way of financial goal realisation.
How many times have you made an unnecessary purchase in hopes that it would make you feel better, make you happy again? We are all guilty of it, even if it’s just a chocolate bar when we are feeling sad.
There is nothing wrong with these purchases once in a while, but it is interesting to note how our emotions can drive our decision-making. When our mind is cloudy, unsettled or anxious it can lead us to making decisions that we normally wouldn’t approve of if we were happy, or in a clearer state of mind. One-offs are fine but over time, these emotionally-charged decisions can have a dramatic impact on, not only your mental health, but also your financial health.
Now, you might be thinking, financial health - is that a real thing? Yes! In technical terms, it is used to describe the state of one's personal monetary affairs. To make it simple, it’s used to describe the state of your relationship with your finances.
Money tends to be one of the top stressors going but really, it doesn’t need to be your biggest stress. The first step to having better financial health is about having a mindful approach to your financial decision-making.
Sadly, today’s world is filled with a large amount of mindless consumerism, we all make small purchases here and there that, at the time, don’t seem to be a lot. But after a while, those purchases add up and you could be left unaware of where your money has gone.
Now, meditation isn’t going to solve your financial struggles overnight but - in addition to helping you to achieve a balanced and content mindset that is less emotionally influenced - what it can also do is bring you greater self-awareness. Once you become aware of what you are spending your money on - why you made the decision to purchase - then it is easier to see how these choices impact your financial health. It then becomes easier to make changes that better align with your values and will bring you greater money mindfulness.
What to takeaway
At MasLife, we believe that there is a powerful connection between our health and achieving better financial success. This is exactly why we have made our clever app that combines the best of wellbeing techniques, with tools that help with achieving financial goals.
Remember that these changes are gradual, your goals and financial worries will not disappear overnight but are objectives set in place for you to work towards. Using mediation as a daily practice can help give your brain the focus and clarity it needs to make educated decisions.
They say money can’t buy you happiness but meditation can certainly help you on your quest to achieving it. The benefits from this practice range from mental health to financial health to reaching the very best of your own potential so there really is nothing to lose.