The Power of Mindfulness in Entrepreneurship

Exactly 13 years ago on February 1, 2011 on a bright snowy morning I woke up feeling completely defeated, a failure. Mere hours before I flipped the sign on the front door of L’arc en Ciel from open to close knowing that I would not be ever flipping it back to open again. In less than 3 years and over a quarter million pounds later I was devastated.

It didn’t make sense, I had all the elements for success yet I failed. It would take me almost a decade to step fully into entrepreneurship again armed with wisdom, experience and what I discovered was my missing piece, mindfulness.

I have come to learn the significance of mindfulness for entrepreneurs and how it can be the cornerstone of not just personal well-being but also business triumph.

The Essence of Mindfulness in Entrepreneurship

Mindfulness, in its quintessence, is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of our thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. For entrepreneurs, this is not merely a practice but a vital tool. It aids in navigating the tumultuous waters of business with a calm and steady hand.

In today’s fast-paced business world, where stress and burnout are commonplace, mindfulness is anchor for entrepreneurs, executives and organizations that seek success minus the sacrifice of physical, emotional well-being and relationships

The concept of mindfulness—being fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment—offers a transformative approach for those navigating the entrepreneurial journey, providing a framework to unlock one’s full potential, fostering resilience, creativity, connection, and much more. Below outlines the role mindfulness plays in critical areas of the success journey of entrepreneurship.


The foundation: Clarity

A clear vision is crucial for charting a successful course and mindfulness serves as the foundation or clarity. By encouraging present-focused awareness, mindfulness helps to filter out the noise and distractions that often clouds judgment and decision-making. This allows entrepreneurs to focus deeply and align their aspirations with their core values. By fostering a calm state of mind, mindfulness lays the groundwork for enhanced mental clarity, trains the mind to dispel the fog of stress and anxiety, thereby sharpening focus and improving decision-making capabilities. A mindful entrepreneur is more likely to make decisions that are not only beneficial in the short term but sustainable in the long haul.

Resilience: The Entrepreneur’s Armor

I know first-hand that the path of entrepreneurship is fraught with challenges and setbacks. The mindfulness approach to resilience involves stress management, overcoming failure, and adaptability. By fostering a mindset that views obstacles as opportunities for growth, embracing failure as a learning opportunity, mindfulness transforms the entrepreneurial journey into a more fulfilling experience. Had I embodied mindfulness I probably would not have waited nearly 10 years to continue my entrepreneurial endeavors.

Sharpening Focus: The Key to Goal Achievement

In a world where distractions are never-ending, focus is paramount for success. Mindfulness enhances focus, aids in goal setting, prioritization, and task management. Setting clear goals allows for a directed and purposeful approach to business, minimizing distractions and fostering productivity. Prioritization ensures that efforts are concentrated on what truly matters, while effective task management enhances efficiency and performance.

Practical Mindfulness Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Mindfulness is a way of life, not a technique” Unknown. Here are some suggestions to incorporate mindfulness to achieve business success.

Daily Meditation

Allocating a few minutes each day to meditation can significantly impact your mental clarity and stress levels. This practice need not be lengthy; even a short session can refresh the mind and prepare it for the day ahead. Check out the Snow Globe Meditation I created, you can access it on Insight Timer for FREE!

Intentional Breathing Exercises

Simple breathing exercises can be powerful tools in moments of stress or overwhelm. They can be practiced anywhere, from the office chair to the boardroom, providing instant relief and refocusing the mind. Every time I do a speaking engagement I encourage the audience to set an alarm at a random time during the day, whenever it goes off they should take one minute to breathe long slow deep breaths. I recommend this for you as well, I promise it’s a game changer. Once this becomes a habit you will find it easier to handle stressful situations and refocus your mind when you need to.


It can be easy to overlook the power of mindfulness on our entrepreneurial journey which is detrimental as the mindfulness framework for entrepreneurship offers a holistic approach to business success, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, resilience, focus, creativity, and connection.

It’s not just about achieving business success; it’s about doing so while maintaining a sense of balance and inner peace. Embracing mindfulness is not just a strategy for business success; it’s a pathway to personal growth and fulfillment

To all entrepreneurs (aspiring and current), may your path be guided by clarity, resilience, and mindful awareness. Here’s to your success, growth, and well-being.

Until next time, whatever you do, make a difference in your own way!


Ayana O

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