(And how we would rather experience an electric shock than sit in our own company).
June 22, 2023 - 2 minutes read
Posted by James Wild
“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” And, I have to admit, I think most of us would find it difficult to sit alone in a room with no distractions.
In fact, a study conducted on hundreds of students at The University of West Virginia showed that 67% of men and 25% of women choose to give themselves an electric shock rather than sit alone in a room with their thoughts for 15 minutes. Read the full article here:
And sadly, it appears we are missing out on a valuable tool which could help us reach our business goals. Silence is a powerful tool that can greatly improve our business performance. In our fast-paced world, it can be difficult to find a quiet space, and when we do, often, we fill it with noise from our Phones, TVs or Radios. When actually, taking a moment to embrace silence can help us achieve our goals and improve our overall productivity.
Studies have shown that silence has a profound impact on our brains, allowing us to focus better and think more creatively. In fact, research has shown that spending just a few minutes in silence each day can help boost cognitive function, improve memory retention, and even increase empathy.
When it comes to business, silence can be especially beneficial. By taking a step back and allowing ourselves to think in silence, we can gain clarity and perspective on our upcoming tasks and objectives. This is clarity and perspective that can inform strategic decisions that ultimately benefit your company.
But silence isn’t just about taking a break from the noise of the world. It’s also about creating an environment that fosters creativity and innovation. By encouraging our teams to embrace moments of silence, we not only create space for new thoughts and ideas to emerge but we also give room for quieter, less confident voices to come forward with their ideas.
As the famous philosopher Blaise Pascal once said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” By taking the time to embrace silence and reflect on our goals and objectives, we unlock a new avenue for potential insights which could lead to greater success in our business endeavours.
So, whether we’re business owners, managers, or team members, we can all take a moment to embrace the power of silence. We might be surprised by what we can hear when nothing is being said.