Silence: A Powerful Problem Solving Tool
“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.” - Thomas Carlyle
Silence. It’s becoming scarce in today’s world. We’re bombarded by all the noise around us and it’s affecting our ability to think. I’ve discovered that you can learn a lot when you’re in a quiet environment and allow your mind to work within it.
I’d like you to try an exercise. Go to a place where you know you will have no interruptions. It could be a room, or it could be outside while you’re taking a walk. Set a timer for one minute. Clear your head of everything except for one problem or issue that is troubling you. Then turn on the timer and focus on that issue for just one minute. Don’t think of negative things. Instead, allow your brain to work on potential resolutions.
I conduct this exercise in some of my training sessions. You’d be surprised how many people admit that it was very difficult spending even a single minute in absolute silence. At the same time, they say that within that one minute, they came up with resolutions they’ve never thought of before.
You can train yourself to experience longer periods of silence. This takes practice and discipline, but it is possible. Think about it. If you can discover resolutions you’ve never thought of in a single minute, think of what you can do in 10 or 20 minutes!
I’ve written a new book that can help you with this practice. The title of the book is “Moments of Silence: 52 Weekly Exercises for the Christian Mind, Body and Soul.” It provides you with thought-provoking questions each week for a year. It also incorporates physical exercise, so you can exercise your mind and your body at the same time. If you’d like a copy of the book, click here.