This is a guest post by Marc Millan. He is a worship pastor and fellow blogger, you can read his blog here. If you want to guest post on this blog please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The lives we live now days sure are moving at lighting speed. With work, family, hobbies or projects we can tend to just jump from one loop into a deep hole without understanding how we got there. Thinking and taking time to sit in silence can have an incredible positive impact on your leadership and life if you can practice it often enough.
I see three major benefits to taking time to think, these aren’t all of them but three major reasons you need to become a disciplined thinker.
- Thinking ahead- Every leader has a gift for vision, either they can see what is around the corner, what is lying dormant or can see new directions for their teams to go in but all leaders “see” things that most people don’t. Taking time to think will greatly allow you to see a clear and more focused direction, it could be as little as 5 minutes a few times a day or putting aside 15 minutes to allow for these thoughts to rise to the top. I would call this process “going over it”, where we allow the mind to just experience a process before it actually happens so we can try and foresee any problems or things we might have forgotten. Thinking ahead has greatly allowed me to prioritize my day and become very efficient with time and I believe it can do the same for you.
- Thinking to clear the mind– Again, with the business of life I cannot think (pun intended) of a better way to remain clear. Our lives are insanely congested with ideas, marketing, issues, emergencies and deadlines. Actually taking time to sit in silence has incredible and profound ways to improve your over all stress level and life. Sometimes I just sit for 5-10 minutes but in complete silence and minimal movement, I call this “centering” or getting to a place of stillness, getting grounded, finding your spiritual center. Clearing your mind is critical in making the right decisions and clarifying any confused thoughts you may have.
- Thinking to reflect– At the end of each night I try to sit in silence right before I pray. By sitting there to reflect, I go over my day and ask myself some very specific questions internally, did I make good use of my time? Did I help anyone today? What is still unsolved that I can improve on? All of these types of inquiries help me get to truth, they remind me of my dependency on God and how grateful I should be for all the blessings I have. Reflecting is a great tool for growth, not only do I journal but I reflect often and this is been probably the greatest step for me in terms of self improvement. I call this “rewinding the mind”, just going over the opportunities and challenges I may have faced.
If you are a creative person, thinking can dramatically improve your process, if you are in high level leadership thinking can really help you avoid some negative thoughts that try to distort purpose or direction. Give it a shot.
Question: In what ways does thinking benefit your leadership?