3 Ways Mindfulness Can Improve Startup Founder Performance

Mindfulness expert Dr. Elise Bialylew explains how the practice of mindfulness can help startup founders manage stress, maintain wellbeing and become better leaders.

Dr. Elise Bialylew is passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing.

About Elise

In 2012, Elise left the hospital wards to create Mindful in May, a global online meditation campaign that teaches people how to meditate and raises money to build clean water wells in developing countries. The idea came to her one day whilst sitting in meditation. She imagined there were many people in the world who wanted an easy, accessible way to learn how to meditate. Her campaign has inspired thousands of people from around the world to learn how to master their minds while making a huge difference through raising funds to help the one in nine people on the planet gain access to one of life’s most basic needs. Mindful in May has raised nearly $1M to date to bring clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most.

What exactly is mindfulness?

We are often so preoccupied with planning for the future or reflecting on the past that we miss out on fully experiencing the present. Elise says, “When the mind gets caught up in loops about the future or the past, we increase stress, which over time has a corrosive effect on our mental and physical wellbeing.” Past research has shown that 30–45 minute sessions of mindfulness meditation a day can have a multitude of positive effects on physical and psychological wellbeing.

Excitingly though, it seems that shorter stints of mindfulness practice can also yield positive benefits. In Elise’s pilot research published in the Mindfulness journal, her team discovered that just ten minutes a day of mindfulness meditation over one month was enough to support increased positive emotions, reduced negative emotions, increased self-compassion, and greater focus in daily life.

How can mindfulness help startup founders?

As an entrepreneur herself, Elise is familiar with the ups and downs of running a business and knows firsthand how powerful of a tool mindfulness can be. Mindfulness can both improve the overall wellbeing of founders and enhance their ability to lead their startups. Here are 3 important ways mindfulness can help startup founders.

1. Enhance creativity.

2. Prevent burnout.

Mindfulness meditation can protect startup founders from the long-term impact of prolonged stress by counteracting the stress response, lowering levels of cortisol, reducing anxiety, and bringing our bodies back into a balanced, healthy state.

3. Lead more effectively.

Practicing mindfulness meditation regularly has been shown to increase the thickness of the prefrontal cortex, which is associated with such higher-level brain functions as calming ourselves down in the heat of emotion and being able to communicate and problem-solve more effectively.

The personal performance of founders is the determining factor for the success of their business. In order for startup founders to best serve their team, their customers, and their friends and families, they must first look after their own health and wellbeing. Learning the practice of mindfulness is a strong first step towards a measured, balanced, healthy life.

If you are interested in learning mindfulness meditation, take the 7 day FREE trial of Elise’s 6 week transformative mindfulness program The Power of Presence here

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