When did you last take some time to JUST think?
Typically when we have a few minutes we will turn on the TV, pick up our smart phone, get on Facebook, email, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn or some online tool.
Many of us will have grown up multi-tasking ... we watch TV and do our email, we eat our meals watch the news on TV and have a conversation with our kids all at the same time!
We lead incredibly busy lives, expected to work hard in a demanding job, commute a long way because that is where we can afford to live and when we get home there are a ton of commitments.
Who has time to think?
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll still get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers
There is just too much to ... DO!
THAT, right there, is the problem.
We build a life for ourselves, but rarely step back to see if it is really working for us.
We run our lives this way ... being driven by the busyness of our days.
We run our companies this way ... "DOING" from the minute we start to the minute we finish.
Good companies will force us to get out of the "day to day" routine every now and then, forcing us to look at the business strategically. THAT is where the big decisions happen, where the change in course happens.
Who is forcing you out of the day to day routine for your home life? (Hint ... YOU are responsible for YOU)
Who is forcing you to take time away from DOING your job to actually THINKING about it? (Same answer)
"I can change the story. I am the story." Jeanette Winterson
It doesn't need to be a commitment of days at a time ... although the return might just be worth it.
It does need to be a regular thing ... because we build "ruts" for ourselves very quickly.
Do yourself a favor, block off some time, lose ALL of the distractions (even your favorite music) and take time to THINK!
"I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy." Anthony Robbins