Deep Thinking And Your Chosen Path

Think of the following sexy, sexy business phrases: positive leverage, maximize gains, optimized performance, superior ROI, positive strides, minimized risk and overhead. Guaranteed returns.

Have they sparked excitement? Did they perk up your interest? Are you willing to do the real work of thinking out the best possible future reality for yourself and then do the work necessary for  these events to come true for your business?

Or have you been turned off by hitting Business Buzzword Bingo with all these arguably hackneyed corporate cliches?

Your reaction depends on  the emotions that you felt in response to these words.  If you’re interest, you stay on the page. If you’re not, you probably just close the tab. Right?

If you automatically brush things away because ‘everyone knows they’re all BS anyway‘, then maybe you’re letting old habits and patterns of thinking steer you in a direction you don’t really want to go. As  someone who runs a business, that kind of automatic brush-off can blind you to possibilities. There’s a big difference between filtering information and rejecting information right off the bat.

It all starts from the inside, so you need to go deep.
(This article is a follow-up to “Putting In Deep Time.”)

Knowledge isn’t power. Knowledge is potential. Action makes it powerful. When you act on the knowledge that you have, with a clear goal and a clear direction, that’s when you anchor your plans into reality— by taking solid action.

Aligning goals like minimizing risks, optimizing performance, and maximizing gains into the framework of your business mindset –hey, action words, get it?– is part of being an entrepreneur. Another part is keeping your eyes and ears opens to new ideas, or even old ideas presenting things in a new perspective. An open mind keeps you fresh. A discerning one keeps you sharp.

You want to get the best returns, you need to think deep about the things you’re doing on a regular basis, and where these things are taking you. You’ve gotten this far in your own life due to your own persistent efforts, then use the work of your head, heart and hands (and brains, guts and sheer busting your hump) to get here.

Thinking on a surface level is not enough– it’s akin to dog-paddling and bobbing in the water; your path will be dictated by whatever strong winds blow up, and also by the changes in the current.

You want to cut through the flotsam and jetsam, you have to train your way to think deep. Think of doing this as setting aside untouchable time, time in which you just think.

The word ‘templum‘ , from where ‘contemplate’ gets it meaning, means ‘ (a)place of observation’, and comes from the word ‘templus‘, which means ‘a holy place.’ Do you see where this is going?.

You need to reserve sacred blocks of silence and stillness to go deep and thing long-term.

Think about stress — when you’re in the flow, you’re in what you’re doing. There’s nothing else but you and the action. You’re in the groove, you’re right where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to do. And if you feel the opposite, guess what?
It doesn’t feel very good, does it?

We have an innate need to find and have meaning in our lives, and work is a large part of that. If we are not engaged in our work, if we don’t connect to the things we do (and not just work) it takes a toll on us, internally and externally.

To find our way to being our best self, we need to think about who we need to be–and that covers everything from being an entrepreneur to being a inventor, friend, writer, artist, etcetera, and human being. You gotta go deep to bring that sort of treasure out.

Think about where your habitual actions are taking you — think farther down the path than the next month or quarter– stretch in terms of years. Sure, you can’t predict exactly where you’ll end up, but won’t you be in a much better position —and who doesn’t want that, or think they can’t have it, or don’t deserve it?– years down the line?

Think about what you’re doing is making of you. The things you do day in and day out mold you and influence the way you think, act and feel about yourself and your life — Are you stuck?
Do you think you can’t get out or can’t change?
Contemplation can drag and jerk you out of the tight spot you wore grooves into, and possibly give you an opening to change your life for the better

On many things, you don’t really need that much deep thinking.  Reserve your precious time and thought-focus on the things important to you. And if you don’t know what those are, then by golly, make the time and find out.

Because as much as we can be tormented by vague fears looming over us, what actually wounds the deepest is finding out we we’re focus-blind about the inconsequential, and missed seeing the important.

Priorities does not mean a to-do list — that is a captured list of items that show you what you intend to  do in a particular order. A priority comes first — and it only comes first when you’ve acted on it — meaning past tense, meaning you put it on top of your list and did it.

Again, going into past tense, you made time by putting in time.

Thinking (contemplating) ahead on what matters most brushes away the distractions and temptations of the internet age. It’s like getting a clearer signal by making sure your settings are on the right configuration
You have to know your personal configuration first, right?
You test, and check, and see what works best for you
And then you use your configuration — you set it loose and see it in action. Then you tweak it some more, and tweak it again when circumstances change and you need to adjust.

How do you do this ? You look at how it affects your performance. Are you getting the performance  and the results you want?
Think of your non-renewable resources — energy, time, life, presence
How do you spend this in the furtherance of your most heart-struck goals? Are you fully aware of what yours are?

“Hope alone is not enough to sustain the marathon that is a business.” – Unknown

You need to use your noodle, as old-timers would say.

  • Contemplation is mental weighing, assessment, and present and focus, and it involves the heart as well as the mind.
  • Positive impact — the thing you hoped for– comes from actions taken. Whatever happens, you learn something.
  • Contemplation gives you a better pillar to lean against, measure up to, and stand on to see the results.

The other side of this hope is action. The more you act, the higher you chances of getting what you hope for. The better you act, the more you learn that you can actually live a life of purpose, and not just make a living.

Contemplation is mental, action is  physical. Moving towards making your will manifest in reality is power.   The deeds you accomplish anchors your will to reality and makes your goals real. Think about that.

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