by Tumi Frazier, founder of Tumi Frazier International
Do you feel the urge to quickly run to the office on your off days to make sure things are running smoothly? How often have you put off going on vacation or treating yourself, because you believed that you had too much work to do? Do you constantly check your emails or social media the minute you get up? The reality is that the world is getting louder and too many events fill our days leaving us completely exhausted.
We are constantly preoccupied with what to do next, what to write next, what to tweet next to a point where it has become extremely difficult to just be still in order to think or move into deeper modes of attention and listening.
We are in a constant rat race trying to make it through all the twists and turns of our entrepreneurial journey as a result many of us suffer from stress, anxiety, rage, depression and myriad of other illnesses and life-threatening conditions; moreover, we forget to take care of ourselves as we go along.
It is important to pause from time to time, to put expectations and schedules aside and just be still.
Recent studies show that taking time for silence restores the nervous system. It helps sustain
energy and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive to the complex environments we live and work in.
In fact it is in the stillness and empty space that creativity and life take place.
Think about this for a second; it is impossible to service a car while it’s still running; you have to make time to take it in for at least an entire day to be serviced regardless of your busy schedule.
So, it is not in the planning or hectic moments but in the stillness or inactivity that true imagination and inspiration flourish.
In his book The Busy Trap, Tim Kreider wrote: “idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done.
Regardless of the noise around us, silence is still accessible—you just need commitment and creativity to cultivate it.
Here are some ideas to help you cultivate moments of silence:
- Retreat to a garden bench during your lunch break
- Take a silent afternoon walk at a park
- Take a vacation without hectic schedule and activities
- Turn on ‘’out-of-office message to limit email access, better yet, leave your laptop at home.
- Go on a social media “fast” for a day.
Tumi Frazier is a South African entrepreneur, professional speaker, author, TV personality, consultant, and founder of Tumi Frazier International, Tumi Leadership Academy, and Tumi Foundation. Tumi is an internationally acclaimed Leadership and Change Management expert who has worked with high profile clients and organizations across Africa, United States and Europe. Tumi has authored 4 books: Courageous Stories of Inspiration; In the Midst of the Storm; Stepping Stones to Success; and Your Moment. Follow Tumi Twitter | LinkedIn
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