Are you struggling to make an important decision or identify a solution to a problem that has you stumped? If so, taking time each day to be in a quiet environment and away from the hustle and bustle of your life may be just what you need.
A good example of this is presented in an excellent book by David J. Schwartz, Ph.D. called The Magic of Thinking Big. Toward the end of the book Schwartz writes,
“As part of a professional development program I asked thirteen trainees to closet themselves for one hour each day for two weeks. The trainees were asked to shut themselves off from all distractions and think constructively about anything that came to mind.
At the end of two weeks each trainee, without exception, reported the experience proved amazingly practical and worthwhile. One fellow stated that before the managed solitude experiment he was on the verge of a sharp break with another company executive, but through clear thinking he found the source of the problem and the way to correct it. Others reported that they solved problems relating to such varied things as changing jobs, marriage difficulties, buying a home, and selecting a college for a teenage child.
Each trainee enthusiastically reported that he had gained a much better understanding of himself–his strengths and weaknesses–than ever before.
The trainees also discovered something else that is tremendously significant. They discovered that decisions and observations made alone in managed solitude have an uncanny way of being 100 percent right! The trainees discovered that when the fog lifted, the right choice becomes crystal clear.”
So the next time you have a difficult decision to make or a thorny problem to address, spend some time in managed solitude - whether this be through quiet contemplation, journaling, or a peaceful walk in a natural setting. The right answer will make itself known to you.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder & President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance
P.S. Don't forget to join me for the Meditations for Life class here in Naperville starting next week. On June 14th we will cover optimal health and you will learn a body scan meditation.