Sit Back And Think

If I were to start my own religion, I would call it the “Sit-Back-And-Think” religion, because I think it is the way life should be lived.

It goes hand in hand with my idea about being Relentlessly Proactive, but here is the main idea:

Sitting back to think implies being non-reactive, introspective, well calculated, logical, strategic and executive.

Basically, it is about showing all the qualities you want, whenever you make an important decision – or any decision really.

If we approach life this way, by sitting back and thinking, we should experience more effectiveness/efficiency and less stress, as we would be able to get more of what we really want from life, with much less work. We world see things like a general instead of as a foot soldier, and thereby be able to better distribute resources, by minding the big picture.

President Lincoln has been quoted for saying, that he’d rather spend more time sharpening his axe, as opposed to working manically to cut down a tree with great effort. This is what I am talking about.

Even though all of this is just describing how we psychologically deal with life, I am a believer in embodying the qualities we want to express. That means, I think we should actually sit back in a chair physically, whenever we want to think deeply about something.

It is not that I think, the way you sit in a chair can improve brain function, but the idea is to make it a physical and conscious exercise, where you don’t do anything else but think about the problem at hand.

That means, back against the chair, hands away from the computer and eyes gazing straight forward without looking at anything in particular.

This is a physical manifestation of the mindset, that will more or less force you into the desired thought pattern.

Many people will say that they do think about their important problems from a higher perspective, but I refuse to believe they can do this, running around busy, doing stuff and do high-level thinking in a “multitaskingly” manner. Unless they are really sitting down and deliberately thinking, they aren’t doing it to their full capacity.

 

An Exercise

So here is how I suggest we implement the idea into our lives. And I will begin doing it myself from now on.

Every time a bigger concept, question or idea pops into my head, that I know will require some higher-level thinking to process, I will write it down in a specific section of my notebook. Then, I will try, whenever I have half an hour to spare, to think about a subject and see if I can reach a conclusion and ultimately write it down.

What do you think?

Would you join me in this practice? Or am I just wasting my time?

Sit back and think about it.

//Max