Think back to the most pivotal and potent shifts in your business. Whether it was a breakthrough with a client or a game changing revelation, it likely arrived in the most spontaneous of moments. In the shower before opening your laptop. On a quiet stroll around the neighborhood. Or, perhaps, during a reflective conversation over tea.
It’s in these moments, unplugged from the rest of the world, that you’re able to hear your own voice clearly. Some call it intuition, others call it the voice of reason—regardless of label, it is the key to making sharp and innovative decisions in your business. Why? Because it is sourced from within, rather than without.
Unlike external frameworks and guides, the ideas from our own minds are uniquely tailored to the innate needs of our business. They’re filtered through our own lived experiences and gathered wisdom. Therefore, they feel more charged and fresh. They carry a sort of uniqueness that cannot otherwise be pulled from mass-distributed content. Plus, no one knows your business better than you do.
By carving out space to sit with our own thoughts, we’re increasing our capability to serve more deeply and productively. We’re able to access new ideas, visions, structures, and processes that will energize our work. This introspection is where transformation really takes shape.
So how can we build in this time for self-reflection and inner wisdom? One approach is to cycle through activities that give us space to check in with ourselves daily. For example, we might commit to taking a walk without our headphones on or spending 20 minutes every morning in silence. The goal is to create intentional moments where we can tune out the noise and listen to our own inner voice.
Here are some of our favorite ways to create space for reflection:
- Take a walk without headphones.
- Practice meditation.
- Keep a journal.
- Drive in silence.
- Work with white-noise or silence.
- Limit consumption of media.
- Talk it out.
Of course, building this kind of practice takes time and effort. We may find that our minds wander or that we’re easily distracted by the demands of daily life. But the more we make a habit of listening to ourselves, the more we’ll be able to operate from a place of authenticity and alignment.
At the end of the day, we all have our own unique path to follow. While it’s great to seek out advice and inspiration from others, it’s equally important to make space for our own inner wisdom to be heard. By building in time/buffer into our schedules to hear ourselves, we can tap into our own unique insights and make decisions that truly reflect who we are and what we want.