Are you busy or are you busy worrying?
One of the best tools for detoxing overwhelm and staying focused as the LEADER in your work, your family and your community is this . . .
OVERWHELM DETOX TIP: CLEAR YOUR MIND BY FINDING TIME TO THINK
Even on the busiest of days.This might sound completely counterintuitive but I’m about to share why this Overwhelm Detox tip of taking time to think is actually the key to using time more effectively and working your way through challenging situations.
In this age of technology, things are moving fast. Your “jobs” in the world have changed. Never before has business been so global and unleashed such creative innovation. In today’s world of immediate connectivity, any business has a greatly expanded market potential, but also a greater base of competition. A leader (of a business, a family and of your life) must keep up. A leader must be fluid. Many leaders find themselves constantly managing change and struggling to keep the momentum going with their team.
Despite the marketing advantage of using the Internet and Social Media, there is one clear disadvantage to be aware of – a problem that can diminish your impact as a leader. According to Nicholas Carr, author of Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, “Using the Internet pushes us to a skimming and scanning form of thinking. A lot of our deepest thoughts only emerge when we’re able to pay attention to one thing. In other words, the constant borage of information causes our brain to think at the surface rather than identify deep, creative thoughts and ideas – the kind that lead to change. According to a recent study, the distraction of constant e-mails, text messages, voice mails and instant messages are a greater threat to IQ and concentration than is smoking marijuana.”
In order to change your organization’s behavior and deliver the business vision, a leader must first change the way they think. Any business is as innovative and focused as the thoughts of its leader. In coaching business executives and entrepreneurs, the first tool I recommend for leading change is journaling. Journaling allows you to make your technology work for you instead of against you. By journaling, you slow down and pay attention to one thing . . . your thoughts. You will step away from email, pop ups, Face book, the news crawl, the stock market app, the telephone . . . and give yourself some time.
Through journaling, you take the WORRY out of your thoughts, process them and move forward.
Journaling is a mini-meditation or retreat in which you can clearly:
- Explore your dreams – personally and professionally
- Account for your daily thoughts and habits
- Make decisions and solve problems
- Release excess and negative energy
- Maintain the focus to achieve any goal
- Improve your enthusiasm and energy level
- View your situation objectively
The science of Quantum Physics, Neuro Science and Neuroplasticy tell us that your brain’s neural pathways can be changed. New thoughts create new neural pathways which mean new habits and new results. Journaling helps you create those new thoughts. Journaling develops strategic thinking.
“A great leader is an agent of change who has clarity of vision and knows how to make that vision a reality. Such a person comes from a level of core consciousness, which is what we call the soul. Great leaders take time every day to reflect. They ask themselves meaningful questions. They are conscious of what they are observing. They’re feeling what is needed and know how to fulfill those needs.” Deepak Chopra, world-renowned mind-body healing pioneer, author, public speaker and medical doctor.
When you journal, you create the time and space to reflect. Journaling is a tool for cultivating your highest self, as applied to any area of your life. It is a way you listen to your intuition and clearly identify what you actually think and feel.
Thoughts determine behaviors and habits. Any business is only as healthy as the habits of its leader. The habits of the leader dictate the behavior of the entire organization. In his book, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg reminds us that “at one point we consciously decided to take an action, but then it becomes automatic behavior.” A 2006 Duke University study determined that more than 40% of the action’s people perform each day were not actual decisions, but rather habits. Journaling allows you as a leader to change your thoughts which change your habits which change your entire organization.
In addition to impacting your business, your thoughts greatly impact your own health. The Journal of the American Medical Association sites findings that journaling and expressive writing can reduce symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic illnesses.
Research shows that journaling can also:
- Improve Immunity
- Reduce the negative effects of stress
- Provide clearer thinking through improved cognitive functioning
- Promote more restful sleep
A peaceful mind generates power and positive energy. By journaling, you will quiet your mind and strengthen your leadership thereby clearing a path for your family, friends, employees, colleagues and clients to follow. Journaling develops emotional resilience, the ability to quickly deliver results and the agility to navigate life’s changes. In any situation, journaling elevates your success.
I invite you to journal with our community and I want to give you a FREE journaling course to help stimulate your thoughts and DETOX your Busy:
Happy Mind Dump,