It’s Time to Think
David Freund, Chief Leadership Officer
How often do you think about thinking? We live in such a fast-paced world with information bombarding us from all sides. Even when we sleep, information is being strategically sent to our digital devices so as soon as morning comes we have it at our fingertips. Each digital click throughout the day sends information back to marketing software that refines what we see the next day. Somehow, we need to slow down and think. The problems, challenges, and opportunities we face today will not be solved, addressed, or capitalized on at our current level of thinking. We need to think deeper and at a higher level. We need to change the way we think about thinking.
The first thing we need to do is set aside time to think. My mentor and friend, John Maxwell, has a special chair, his thinking chair. It’s a chair in his home where he sits to think and reflect. The surroundings are comfortable and conducive to thinking. It allows him to be free from distractions that would rob him of his ability to think deeply. So, set aside some time, pick your spot, and think your thought.
We need to write down our thoughts. Writing down our thoughts allows us to clarify them. Seeing them in front of us allows us to see the thoughts in a different light. As we reread our thoughts, different perspectives unfold before our very eyes. This process allows us to refine the thought so we can gain greater focus.
Think about how many times you’ve had an idea and then simply forgot it. You need to have a place and system for thought collection. Perhaps it’s a journal that you choose to write in or an app that you use. The key is to always have something nearby where you can record your thoughts.
Thinking is harder than we may believe and unless we are highly intentional in our thinking, we are choosing to limit ourselves. If you would like more tips on expanding your thinking, tune in to Episode 124 of The Next Page podcast as Marisa Norcross and I discuss how we can expand the limits of our thinking.