One of the hardest activities for any human being to do consistently is think.
There is a reason that most of us today, don’t like to sit in silence. When we sit in silence with no radio, TV, or smartphone game, we have to allow our brain to work. Thinking requires discipline and the ability to go within.
John Maxwell says, “People who get ahead think differently than those that don’t. They have reasons for doing what they do, and they are continually thinking about what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and how they can improve.”
Thinking takes hard work. We also make our lives hard for ourselves when we fail to stop and think.
There is a funny story I read about how we often make a bad decision worse by failing to evaluate the situation and think.
It provides strategies people often would use when realizing that they are trying to ride a dead horse. They try the following:
- Buying a stronger whip
- Changing riders
- Saying things like, “This is the way we’ve always ridden this horse”
- Appointing a committee to study the horse
- Arranging a visit to other sites to see how they ride horses
- Changing the by-laws to specify that “horses shall not die”
- Harnessing several dead horses together to increase speed
- Declaring the “no horse is too dead to ride”
- Providing additional funding to increase the horse’s performance
- Purchasing a product to revitalize the dead horse
- Forming a quality circle to find uses for dead horses
- Revisiting the performance requirement for horses
- Promoting the dead horse to a supervisory position
Also these crazy ideas certainly provide a chuckle, there is some truth to how many individuals and businesses avoid to think through decisions.
As my mentor says,
Spend some time each day just thinking. Life and business is tough enough as it is, let alone when you try to plow through each day without reflection and thought.