Blaise Pascal, an eminent scientist wrote, “The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.”
Why am I quoting a scientist today?
I’m often asked in my seminars by curious and enthusiastic entrepreneurs, “Ash, how do I become successful? Not just in running a business, but also in building a brand?”
I tell them, “Get inspired by entrepreneurs and influencers you think are successful.”
In a way, that works. Everybody has their own definition of being successful. For some, it might be becoming self-employed and working remotely from exotic countries. For others, success might mean building a big business with many offices across the country. As the definition of success differs, so do the idols.
Now do you see why I quoted Blaise Pascal? After all, the heart is at the core of everything that you want to do. But there is one thing that is common with every successful person – whether a freelancer or an entrepreneur. It’s having a productive morning routine that sets the tone for the rest of the day.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who wake up ready to conquer the world, and the rest who would rather take on their alarm clocks. Mornings are difficult for a lot of us. Interestingly, handling them effectively could be the only thing that’s standing between you and success.
In fact, every successful person who has made a dent in the universe follows an amazing and inspiring morning routine.
Tony Robbins does pranayama, expresses gratitude, and prays.
Tim Ferriss makes up his bed, meditates, exercises, and drinks his tea.
Oprah Winfrey meditates and exercises, followed by a healthy breakfast.
Steve Jobs made his bed, showered, and contemplated at himself by looking in the mirror.
Do you see a pattern here?
One thing that is common among all these people is their commitment to reflect on themselves, every day. A daily dose of praying, however brief, can create a bedrock of stability in your life that will prove vital, no matter what or who you are up against.
Now, the word prayer does not have religious connotations here. It is the opposite, in fact. Taking out time to say your prayers, however you want them to be – as reflections, meditations, or worship, will help you create a connection with the divine universe.
The result? You will be able to find peace before the chaos of meetings and deadlines takes over. You will be able to identify what you want to achieve and the steps you need to take to realize them. Since the biggest hurdle of the day will be over, the rest of the day will whizz past without much ado.
There’s an old quote in my country that goes like this – if the mind is defeated, everything is lost; if the mind is victorious, everything is achievable. All the battles in our lives are won or lost in the mind, which is why it is crucial to pay attention to the thoughts that you focus upon.
When you pray, you get the ability to view situations as they come. Instead of taking an adverse situation too personally and asking “why me?”, you learn to disassociate yourself from it and start treating it objectively.
Prayers are not just a string of words; they are a way of being and relating. With prayers, you be present in the moment and relate to yourself and those around you. Praying and wishing well upon oneself and others can not just heal past trauma and emotional wounds but can also meet the needs of others.
Praying is important – because it is an avenue for resolution of conflicts within us, in our business, or within our relationships. With reflections and seeking within, you will gain insights into your dilemmas and be in a position to make tough decisions with conviction. Just as Rumi said, “What you are seeking, is seeking you.”
Praying gives you untapped power. It unlocks, ignites, repairs, transforms, empowers, and calms. It helps you shift focus from trivial things on to yourself. It reinstates your faith in your ability and makes you believe in your worth and potential. When you become equipped emotionally, you begin to become more present for others. That’s the power of prayer.
This is why successful people believe in the miracle of praying and take out time every day to reflect, meditate, or worship. I do it too, as do my other entrepreneur friends. It is revitalizing and life-giving.
Try it out today.
When you get up in the morning, cleanse your body and then take the first step towards cleansing your soul. Offer a few words of prayer in whichever way you like. Try making it into a practice and you will begin to see the results yourself.
I want to end with a prayer, “I pray to the universe that may it give you all the health, wealth, and happiness that you need and deserve.”
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