Oprah Winfrey speaks publicly about her daily spiritual practice—including starting the day with thoughts of gratitude. Arianna Huffington sets intentions for the day and meditates for 30 minutes. And Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe has built a multimillion-dollar app based on his Buddhist meditation.
So, should all entrepreneurs embrace spirituality and rely on it to help with growth?
Spirituality broadly means relinquishing a certain amount of responsibility for your own life and believing that there is something bigger at play. It is the belief that you are guided at least in part by a higher power. But it doesn’t require you to follow a specific religion, just to be open-minded about life beyond earth.
Sometimes, we don’t even realize we’re following a spiritual path because it’s so ingrained in our culture. For instance, the horoscopes we might read in the newspaper on our commute to work and take comfort in because we’ve been told we’re going to have a great day or that good fortune is coming our way.
I’ve found myself following a handful of spiritual practices within my own business: setting positive affirmations as reminders in my phone that appear and remind me I’m on track—eg. "money is coming your way." Also, listing everything I’m grateful for. And more recently, I found a box of fairy oracle cards, which—like tarot cards—some people believe can be used to predict the future.
I’m not sure I believe in a higher power but pulling out a fairy card with the title "financial flow" that says money is coming my way gives me hope. It makes me feel positive. And that, in turn, affects how I operate in business. I might be more open to offers, risks and feel deserving of my success.