According to Tim Ferriss, Author of Tools of Titans, short but regular morning meditation is deemed to be the single habit that can have the most impact on your life. According to his research, more than 80% of the world-class performers he interviewed have some form of daily meditation or mindfulness practice. Both can be thought of as “cultivating a present-state awareness that helps you to be nonreactive.”

This applies to everyone from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Justin Boreta of The Glitch Mob, and from elite athletes like Amelia Boone to writers like Maria Popova. It’s the most consistent pattern of them all. Meditation will allow you to step back and gain a “witness perspective” so that you’re observing your thoughts instead of being tumbled by them.

Most of our waking hours, we feel as though we’re in a trench on the front lines with bullets whizzing past our heads. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here’s a few meditation reminders to make sure you’re on the right track:

  • Use an app like Headspace or Calm. Headspace’s free “Take10” will guide you for ten minutes a day for ten days.

  • Listen to a guided meditation.

  • Take a Transcendental Meditation course.

  • If you want to try mantra-based meditation without a course, you can sit and silently repeat a one two-syllable word for 10 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. Remember to aim for physical comfort, you don’t have to have crossed legs or any other typical yoga-like poses. A default option: sit reasonably straight on a chair with your feet on the floor, hands on your thighs or in your lap, and back supported.

Source: “The Most Successful People Meditate, Here’s How You Can Too”, Huffington Post Blog, Answered by Tim Ferriss, December 13, 2016