What Can a Military Sniper Teach You About Meditation?

You wouldn't normally associate the peaceful and compassionate practice of meditation with the story of "the most lethal sniper in American history", would you?

However, when wife and business partner Rosa took me to see "American Sniper" this week as our "date night" treat, I couldn't help but draw the comparison. 

Watching this film took me back to the many hundreds of hours I spent on firing ranges and on operations in the British Army. Learning to nail a target every time is not easy, especially when you're exhausted, stressed and scared. 

To make a successful shot, you need to do three things: adopt a stable firing position, control your breathing and heart rate and mentally project the flight path of your bullet to the target. 

This is also exactly what you need for a successful meditation practice. 

Get into a stable position.

Focus on the breath.

Set a clear intention for the practice. 

If you are not hitting your targets at work, in relationships or health or any other part of your life, you will certainly benefit from learning to meditate like a sniper (without joining the Special Forces.) 

If you want to attend what I call "the SAS selection" of meditation courses, then I recommend this option. I've attended two ten-day and two four-day courses there. However, I'm a recruit compared to Rosa, who has attended nine ten-day courses over the years. 

But if you'd prefer a different approach, Rosa and I are introducing a free online meditation course for you.

We call it "Learn to Meditate for Prosperity." Starting with just five minutes a day, it includes everything you need to get you going. 

Sign up is easy and free. If you need support, have questions or want to share an insight, we're always glad to hear from you, so drop us a line anytime. 

Your thoughts are like bullets. Meditation practice is one of the best proven ways to nail your target every time. See you on the meditation range! 





You'll Never Guess Who's in the New Wave of Executive Coaches

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
— Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)

You can always tell whether a business has a high-functioning leader or a poor-performing boss. If the staff are stressed, then you can guarantee the boss is also. This is one of the reasons that executives from Wall Street to Silicon Valley are engaging the next wave of coaches. However, according to The Financial Times, these coaches are not wearing suits or carrying suitcases.

Instead, they are more likely to be carrying a Yoga mat and wearing tights. Yoga and meditation are going mainstream, straight to the boardrooms of corporate America.

As this article in Inc points out, Google, Aetna Health Insurance, General Mills and even uber-traditional McKinsey & Company are embracing the idea that Yoga and meditation practices such as mindfulness are good for bosses, workers and the bottom line.

I love this trend. It excites me. If you want to make a difference in the world, start from the top. Water flows faster going downhill. Whatever state the boss is in, will soon trickle down to the shop-floor.

The ability to keep a cool head in a crisis is a prime attribute of any leader, whether you are "the boss of yourself" as a solo entrepreneur or as head of a multi-national corporation.

In today's cut-throat business environment, knowing how to calm your mind through Yoga and meditation is no longer seen as a weakness. Instead, it is rapidly becoming an essential weapon in any business leader's war chest.

If your staff are not as happy as they could be or if you would like to take you and your team to another level, get in touch and let's see how we can work together.

"Namaste", Rosa