— Eckhart Tolle
When the world is shaking, I often go back to reread a book that has provided insight and awareness in the past. Inner Stillness by Eckhart Tolle is one of those books for me.
It never ceases to amaze me how often a book speaks to me in a new way that I overlooked in an earlier reading. The idea that thinking is the equivalent of external noise was one of those ideas that jumped out for me this past week.
What brought it to the forefront this week was not only the events surrounding the transfer of power due to the presidential election in the US but also a conversation I was having with a group of leaders.
The leaders were planning a special event to help business leaders with some of their most challenging problems. They had already received feedback from many business leaders on the most pressing issues they faced. The leaders would be coming to this meeting expecting answers.
I was part of this conversation because I was asked to contribute answers. However, when my response was to get these leaders to take a time out and discover their own better answers and learn from other pioneering leaders’ wisdom, my solution was rebuffed.
It was brought to my attention that these leaders were too busy. (Seth Godin published an excellent post today on The trap of busy.)
As I considered where to take the writing of this article next, Sesil Pir tweeted this timely introduction to her latest article, Going Forward with Imagination, published at Forbes:
Now, more than ever differentiation is key. Copying published trends or adopting others’ priorities is not going to get you ahead. This is a unique time to look inside vs. outside – as indvs., teams & orgs. @ForbesLeaders https://t.co/ESeIk4e1g5#futureofwork #workplace #culture— Sesil Pir (@whirlingchief) January 21, 2021
Indeed, this is a great time to look inside vs. outside – as individuals., teams, and organizations.
Recognizing thinking as noise
Five years ago, I’m pretty sure that the idea of recognizing thinking as noise would not have made sense to me. Now the view shouts out to me.
From the first interview I did for 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success, I awakened to the idea that the better answers we need come from deep inside. However, we rarely consider or are taught how to tap this infinite source of new and better solutions.
There have been several critical milestones in helping me reach this understanding.
One critical insight occurred during an in-person interview with Dr. Helana Lass, when interviewed at her office in Tallinn, Estonia.
One of the many critical insights that emerged from the interview, Who Is Leading Our Lives? was this:
“Almost 99% of our life runs on autopilot. We are living the lives of complexes that are very similar to instincts because they are automated and reflex like.”
Since that time, I went on to learn many other aspects of how our mind works through my reading and interviews with experts in the 3 Principles. A collection of those interviews are published in The Future of the Workplace.
Our modern world and social programming have largely, if not completely, overlooked the inner and deeper parts of ourselves.
However, what I have discovered through my work is that it’s where we need to go to find the answers and wisdom to meet the challenges we face today.
I always look forward to hearing what you find most intriguing here?
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To your forward thinking life & success!
Bill Fox, Author, and Founder at Forward Thinking Pro and Forward Thinking Workplaces