Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Anyone who go through our special trainings must learn the art of thinking. In fact, we will force you to think because every great invention is a product of creative thinking. Everything you’re looking at right now came out deliberate thinking. Anyone who refuses to become a thinker will definitely end up serving those who think.
Every great leader or successful person you know today has either thinking room or thinking time. What some of them do is to create pictures of their dreams and paste them in that thinking room, and spend at least one hour daily looking at those pictures. They usually switch off their phones and cut off from everybody whenever they are going into the thinking room so that they can be focused. That’s how they generate the uncommon ideas that shapes humanity and make them rich. Thinkers rule the world!
We usually picture leaders as exceptionally busy people. And they are. Leadership requires being in the thick of things. But while it’s usually overlooked, it is noteworthy that leaders spend considerable time alone to engage in creative thinking to generate solutions to the challenges that are harassing them.
Every great leaders is a great thinker. Jesus Christ, the Leader of leaders engaged in creative thinking when He was on the earth. Mark reported that, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.” Mark 1:35.
Jesus went to a solitary place to think and pray. Bible scholars opined that He spent about six hours every morning in this exercise. No wonder He is the wisest Man ever lived. He dazed the religious leaders with uncommon wisdom.
Mark recorded that, “And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!” Mark 6:2. Creative thinking produces uncommon wisdom!
Outstanding political leaders, who made names in their nations gained deep insight through solitude. Leading universities require professors to lecture as few as five hours per week so that the professor will have time to think.
Many outstanding business executives are surrounded all day by assistants, secretaries, telephones, and reports. But follow them around 168 hours a week and 720 hours a month, and you will discover that they spend a surprising amount of time in uninterrupted thought.
The point is this: the successful person in any field takes time out to confer with himself. Leaders use solitude to put the pieces of a problem together, to workout solutions, to plan, and to do their super thinking.
In fact, business leaders hire as many people as possible to do virtually everything for them so that they can have time to think. The major assignment of business leaders is idea generation. If they fail to spend quality time in solitude, they will never generate uncommon ideas.
Many people fail to tap their creative leadership power because they confer with everybody and everything else but themselves. You know this kind of person well. He’s the fellow who goes to great lengths not to be alone. He goes to extremes to surround himself with people.
He can’t stand being alone in his office, so he goes prowling to see other people. Seldom does he spend evenings alone. He feels a compelling need to talk with others every waking moment. He devours a huge diet of small talk and gossip.
When this person is free by circumstances to be physically alone, he finds ways to keep from being mentally alone. At times like these he resorts to television, newspapers, radio, telephone, anything that will take over his thinking process for him.
As time goes by, Mr. I-can’t-stand-to-be-alone grows increasingly shallow. He makes many ill-considered moves. He fails to develop firmness of purpose. He is, unfortunately, ignorant of the superpower lying unused just behind his forehead.
David J. Schwarz shared this life changing story. “As part of professional development program, I asked thirteen trainees to closet themselves for one hour each day for two weeks. The trainees were asked to shut themselves off from all distractions and think constructively about anything that came to mind.
At the end of two weeks each trainee, without exception, reported the experience proved amazingly practical and worthwhile. One fellow stated that before the managed solitude experiment he was on the verge of a sharp break with another company executive, but through clear thinking he found the source of the problem and the way to correct it.
Others reported that they solved problems relating to such varied things as changing jobs, marriage difficulties, buying a home, and selecting a college for a teenage child. Each trainee enthusiastically reported that he had gained a much better understanding of himself- his strengths and weaknesses-than he had ever had before.
The trainees also discovered something else that is tremendously significant. They discovered that decisions and observations made alone in managed solitude have an uncanny way of being one hundred percent right. The trainees discovered that when the fog is lifted, the right choice becomes crystal clear.”
Resolve now to set aside some time each day (at least one hour) to be completely by yourself. Perhaps early in the morning before anyone else wakes up might be the best time. If you don’t sleep early like me, you can engage in creative thinking from midnight when everyone is asleep. The important thing is to select a time when your mind is fresh and when you can be free from distractions.
You can use this time to do two types of thinking: directed and undirected. To do directed thinking, review the major problem facing you. In solitude your mind will study the problem objectively and lead you to the right answer.
Probably your business is no longer flourishing; all you have to do is to pick up a sheet of paper and write out any strategy that pops up on your mind towards the revamping of that business. So directed thinking is geared towards finding a solution to a challenge.
To engage in undirected thinking, just let your mind select what it wishes to think about. In moments like these your subconscious mind taps your memory bank, which in turn feeds your conscious mind. Undirected thinking is very helpful in doing self-evaluation. It helps you to get down to the very basic matters like “How can I do a better job? What should be my next move?”
Always remember that the main job of pace setters is thinking. And the best preparation for potential pace setters is thinking. Spend quality time in managed solitude from today and think yourself to success. A wise man said that, “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probable the reason why so few engage in it.” Wisdom is profitable to direct. Kindly share your thought at the comment section.
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