“Think, think, think because if I am not thinking, what good am I to anyone?” As humans we have become addicted to thinking and sitting in a place of quiet or stillness is a luxury that is done in spas or on retreats. We have become prisoners of our own stories that replay again and again in our head even though the situation was in the past. “I should have done this, I could have said that, I would have done this”, constant victims of the Should/Could/Would. Even though we all desire to have a neutral, calm, peaceful and serene mind on the other hand we continue to remain shackled to our ongoing thoughts. According to Psychology Today, the average person has anywhere from 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. Yes, you read correct, 50,000-70,000 thoughts, not to mention the wonderful assumptions we love to create under each thought.
In the workplace we get a paycheque to think, we brainstorm new service or product ideas, we come up with strategies for the business, we deal with workplace conflict, we deal with customers and sales, all requiring a level of thinking. If you could imagine your brain as a piece of machinery can you see how overworked it would be? We would never run our car in this way so what makes it okay to use our brain in this way? What if your team had decluttered minds so that they became of the observer of thoughts but not attached to them? Creative quality improvement ideas come available to you, new products of services that are outside the box come available to you and above all, new and unique solutions come available to you for everyday problems. If you are paying for an individual to work for you, would you rather not pay for the above than the regular run away thought trains that consume your team?
If we could either think with a cluttered mind or a clear mind, which one would you give us the best outcome? Often we assume that by thinking the same thoughts we are going to come up with new ideas. Yet if you continue to use the same thought process you are less likely to chomp with unique ideas. In a tranquil neutral mind, it doesn’t mean the thoughts are not present, rather it means you are an observer of them rather than being shackled to them. You are not your thoughts, emotions or senses, rather an observer of them. Simply teaching your team tools to deal with their thoughts, increases productivity, creativity and efficiency.