How Internal Reflection Can Set You Up for External Success
By Meghdad Abbaszadegan
My introduction to meditation was one of the most important moments in my life. I learned about a technique called “so-hum” by reading Deepak Chopra’s book “The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire.” I was quickly hooked on the simple process of breathing and chanting.
Before long, I had signed up for a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Meditation allows me to do the impossible: to detach from my identity and be reborn on a daily basis. Until I started to meditate, I had no idea how much our sense of identity leads to stressful situations in our professional lives. We often let expectations rule our reality, focusing on the external rather than the internal. We become obsessed with cause rather than effect.
I now focus less on business achievements and instead define success as contribution of self — a shift from “What’s in it for me?” to “How can I help?” Internal reflection can help anyone achieve fulfillment daily.