This has been my year of quiet contemplation. My opportunity to go within my own head, turn of the noise and listen. What do I believe? What do I know?
This is an ongoing journey, and I question my value, but I’ve concluded that there is innate value in IDEAS. In PRINCIPLES… even if they are never shared.
As we get busier and busier, and the world gets noisier and noisier, each of us is screaming to be heard, waving our hands saying ‘Notice me! Notice Me!’ It occurs to me that we’ve fallen a little off track. The ever-present need for attention whether in business or in personal life, is drowning out actual IDEAS.
I have been questioning how much time people take to actually THINK anymore. Now, granted, life is busy. We are pulled in a million directions with families and work, but are you carving out time to get quiet? To contemplate?
Below is Author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” Susan Cain’s TED Talk where she suggests that culturally we are squeezing out autonomy and better ideas by virtue of too much group work and not enough time in quiet contemplation.
I have been extremely blessed to have enjoyed some time to get quiet and spend some time inside my own head this year. I adore my reading and trying on new ideas and of course I still love my time socializing and spending time in collaboration. However, I am of the belief that revelations and epiphanies and paradigm shifts all happen when I’m NOT talking, but instead listening to my own heart. I strongly value autonomy and contemplation and believe that the best solutions to any problems are discovered in that space.
What IS the value of a good idea? Chew on that.
Susan Cain will be speaking at The Art of Leadership conference – April 11 – here in Vancouver.
Additionally 2 of my favorite bestselling authors Marcus Buckingham (Strength Based Leadership), John Mackey – founder of Whole Foods (Conscious Capitalism) AND Dan Pontefract (Leading a Culture of Collaboration) and Chester Elton (Creating a Culture of Buy-in and Belief)
Join me for an incredible day of LISTENING and CONTEMPLATION and use promo code RB22 to save $50 per single ticket and $100 per ticket on groups of 3 or more.