When was the last time you scheduled time on your calendar to think? Not to plan, but to think. Think about a project. Think about a goal. Think about how to engage your team. Think about your purpose. Think about what you want out of life, your career, your relationships. When was the last time that you prioritized time to think?
As I am building and growing a business, I spend a lot of time thinking. I have had to think through what kind of work I want to do, what my ideal client looks like, what my ideal day looks like, how I can fully use my strengths to live my purpose, and about 10,000 other things. But, I remember the days when I was a busy executive just going through the motions. One deadline after another. One meeting after another. No time to ever stop and just think. As I look back I realize there were so many missed opportunities simply because I didn’t stop to think! YIKES!!!! How many opportunities are YOU missing because you are going through the motions, on autopilot, never stopping to think?
Here are three things I have learned from my own thinking time, but most importantly the light bulbs that have gone off for my own coaching clients:
Sometimes the Goal Isn’t the Goal
Say what? The goal isn’t the goal? It’s true. Often times, I work with clients who start off with one goal, only within months, or even weeks, to realize that never should have been the goal in the first place. That goal was either a scratch in the surface to what the real goal should be, OR, that goal had absolutely zero to do with what the client wanted to accomplish.
Thinking is H.A.R.D…HARD
Oh man, sometimes my head hurts after I have spent time thinking. Sometimes my clients feel exhausted after a good coaching session. Digging into your subconscious mind can be mentally, and physically, exhausting. In fact, I can see why most people never take time to actually think. It’s not easy. BUT, the reward, I have found is worth it! It is downright awesome to see my clients think through how they can solve problems, lead their teams, set goals, be in relationships with others, and dare I even say it, discover and fulfill their purpose.
Thinking is the Bridge to Doing
We have all heard phrases like “I think I can”, “as a man thinketh”, and “whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right”. Henry Ford even said, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable reason why so few engage in it”. Here’s the thing folks…if you are not thinking, how can you ever DO what you need to do? Thinking truly is the bridge to doing. No single great idea ever happened without first being a thought in someone’s mind. iPod…Steve Jobs. Man on the moon…NASA scientist, John C. Houboldt. Dishwasher…Josephine Cochraine. Eiffel Tower…Maurice Koechlin. Discovered over 300 uses for peanuts including peanut butter…George Washington Carver. Spanx…Sara Blakely. Every single thing in your life whether it’s the pen you use to write with, the car you drive to work, the chair you sit in at the office, the computer you use to send emails, the idea that propelled your team forward, the new product your company is selling, the new business operation that helped you get to market more efficiently, the baseball glove that your daughter/son uses at practice, the new medicine your mother takes for her Parkinsons, the glass of wine you have with dinner, all of it started off as an idea someone had from thinking. What ideas do you have? What is the world missing because you aren’t prioritizing thinking time? And what will you do about it?
If you want to know more about how I can help you think through things, I am here for you.