How many hours a week do you put in? This was the question I asked an audience the other week. It was almost a competition as to who did the most mileage or spent the longest hours doing their stuff. Seven days a week…..1,500 hundres miles up and down the M6…..start at 6am and finish at 8pm. No wonder many find themselves in a rut. Whilst those who know me will understand how important I think hard graft is, I equally feel that balance is paramount. Creative and progressive ideas come with making time to think.
Connecting more regularly and effectively with your Creative Zone will increase your chances of success. By accessing this space, you solve problems more effectively, difficult situations in life are approached objectively and options on how to progress a new project become considered and well thought through. Admission to this heightened state of awareness is only possible when you do away with pride, black and white thinking, and dominant beliefs that distort a forward thinking mindset. Such interference results from deep rooted prejudices, however, when we quieten the mind we tune into our inner voice, it produces clarity of thought, delivering inspired focus and guidance. We enter the Creative Zone through absolute silence and stillness.
Successful entrepreneurs very often allocate a significant proportion of their time to uninterrupted thought. Whilst hustle and bustle is familiar territory for ambitious people, so is solitude. It helps to work out solutions to the challenges and opportunities life and a growing company presents. By making time for silent reflection we hear much louder our inner voice. You will be surprised how effective it is in navigating your actions in the right direction.
The flashes of inspiration and fantastic ideas that we enjoy from time to time come from a completely relaxed state of mind, they don’t present themselves when we are anxious or stressed. Often the harder we try the further what we want to achieve moves away. This noise resulting from unhealthy states of mind totally dampen the voice of reason that lies deep within us.
Don’t use the excuse that you don’t have time for silent contemplation, let go of being too busy and allow yourself to access the Creative Zone to speak. Here are some simple steps:
- Write down the challenge, opportunity or issue you need to resolve – be precise and specific
- Repeat three times what you need answers to
- Find your place of sanctuary – no telephone, radio or noise of any kind
- Meditate on the challenge – sounds a bit flakey and fluffy but it really does work
- Do this for 15 minutes and at the end of the session – write down any ideas
The answer will come to you at the right moment. Practice is vital, you must be consistent and you must commit to this activity. No one is too busy to find 10-15 minutes a day. It is these moments of planning that will deliver more effective strategic thinking and if you are lucky breakthrough ideas!