In my post 3 Reasons Why Leadership and Thinking are Irrefutable I wrote about these reasons:
- It assists you in finding the best solutions.
- It allows you to learn from your experiences.
- It sparks creativity and ideas.
Some of the comments that readers wrote include:
TC Avey from Wisdom of A Fool said (ps. She just released a book worth checking out, check it out HERE): “Taking the time to reflect upon situations is a great way to learn what worked and what didn’t work.”
Floyd Samon from There Go I Said: “If a leader isn’t thinking ahead to what might be coming their way, they’ll get blindsided by a Mack truck… What worked this season may not the next. It is the leaders with wisdom that navigate the shark filled waters successfully. No thinking, no wisdom…”
Zechariah Newman from Zachariah Newman.com said: “I sometimes get in the false mentality that I don’t have time and make way to quick of decisions. When I have slowed down and thought about it I have saved way more time. So that would be my other reason. backing off and thinking will save you and me time and energy. Due to smarter working not harder working.”
Kari Scare from Struggle to Victory said: “Thinking is the process by which we capture our thoughts. We determine which ones need to stay and be processed further and which ones are unhealthy and need to go. Thinking helps prevent problems, and it helps strengthen relationships. Thinking takes us from mediocre to excellence.”
These provide a clear reason to the value and some of the benefits to why leaders should take time to think. I’ve learned thinking is a regular habit that must be formed and applied through every season. Whether you are busy or not, feeling encouraged or needing encouragement, or motivated or feeling a lack of motivation. To help you regularly think, during every season of life and leadership, here are 4 ways to spark your thinking:
Exercise releases endorphins which can energize the body and mind. Taking a walk, doing cardio, or lifting weights are great ways to spark your thinking. The key is to be intentional about thinking during or after you exercise. I personally enjoy taking walks/runs at the beach because the environment really allows me to think, I usually leave with several new ideas or thoughts. Schedule regular time to exercise and be deliberate about allowing the release of endorphins to spark your thinking.
2. Flip the switch off-
Flipping off the switch to technology can be a valuable way to spark your thinking. Watching too much TV, spending a lot of time online, or an overuse of your phone can really cause clutter to come into your mind. Being intentional about flipping the off switch can clear and detox your mind, freeing you to think. The clearing of the mind offers the potential for good thinking.
3. Engage in personal growth-
One of the powerful benefits to personal growth is that can spark your thinking, on the topic you are learning about. Personal growth cultivates new and valuable ideas and thoughts. Regular time growing and learning will in turn cause you to become a better and deeper thinker. A lot of my own ideas and thoughts about leadership have come from thinking during or after learning. Personal growth will raise your level of thinking.
4. Spend time with smart and wise people-
Your thinking will rise (Or lower) to the level of the people you associate or spend time with. When you are regularly spend time with smart, wise people, and those who think, your own your thinking will be sparked. The truth is that you become like those you are around so chose to be intentional about being around people who engage in thinking. Be intentional about talking on the phone, video chatting, and/ or having face to face meetings with those who take time to think. The results will be that your thinking will be sparked.
Question: Can you add to the list? How do you spark your thinking?