From Arlene: 5 Tips To Open Your Mind

From Arlene: 5 Tips To Open Your Mind

Leadership | Posted by - January 30, 2017 at 9:00 am

Entrepreneurs' minds are jammed full. We love to hoard information with the thought that someday that tidbit of info will be of use to us. I think we do this subconsciously and, like a squirrel, we are saving nuts for a rainy day so we have what we need at the ready to make decisions. We tend to draw on our information "reserves" for critical choices.

The challenge with that is our hard drives become so crammed with data that we can't always easily compute to get to the salient points. Sometimes we need to clear our minds. We need to purposefully stop the constant flow of work data coming in and allow our souls to chill out. Now this may seem ultra spiritual and, maybe it is. But by allowing ourselves to simply BE we allow ourselves to debug. The computer analogies aside, I'm guessing many of you know what I mean by a crammed brain and no time to contemplate life in general.

The point is we all function more efficiently when we clear our heads and don't fill every nook and cranny with information, data and scheduled interactions.

I know for an entrepreneur it's hard to not always be working and pushing more and more into our heads. What's actually harder to do is simplify the information down to the succinct facts you really need to hold on to and filter the unnecessary stuff that comes along with it. Think about it like creating a succinct power point slide instead of a wall of words on a slide. When you sit in those presentations and a slide comes up with a ton of info don't you want to just say – get to the point?

So for two good reasons I encourage every entrepreneur to take time to purposefully allow your mind to rest. First reason – because it needs a regular and scheduled clearing. And second because it allows you to open up your mind to explore things you may not be seeing today. That's the beauty of a mind at rest. It still thinks…. just more freely.

5 tips to open your mind:

  1. Take a walk alone - without your iPhone.
  2. Turn on soft music and sit down for 15 minutes with your favorite beverage. No books, papers or pda's.
  3. Invite your family to dinner. At your house. With you present.
  4. Go to a museum of art, the symphony or the ballet. Find an activity that asks you to think and view creativity, without your active participation.
  5. Go to the park. Sit on a bench. Breathe deeply.

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Naji Hassan
March 14, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Great suggestions, thanks

Robin Read Griffin
March 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm

1 will be easy...I don't have an iPhone!   Oh but I guess that will still apply to my BlackBerry....that won't be easy but I am up to the challenge. :)

Dragan Cvijan
March 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

#6 Thank you Arlene.

Zulubear ~ Annette Young
March 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

To let the mind stand down is not ultra spiritual to me. It is essential to leave space for creative inspiration to flow. An  empty mind allows the 90% of my mind to join in on the situation. I am always amazed at how deeply relaxing it is to just 'let.'

I often wonder what Einstein and  NkolaTesla were really doing in their 'spare' time? 

Tish Heath
April 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I love your list.  May I add climb a hill & look at the view. I find that all the dirty little gremlins take off and leave me with clean, bright ideas and no fear or attachment.  The trees aren't worried, why am I?

Laxmi Timsina Kafle
April 19, 2013 at 1:15 am

Thank you Arlene. Good to hear from you. There is another thing we can do to make our mind peace with bigger and better space to put in things in side our brain. When we feel like our mind is full of stuff, and we can not put inside anything or feel like we really tired or we have headache, that means we have done work to the full capacity of our brain for that moment or time period. That means now the time is to increase the capacity of our brain by pulling it and by stretching it. We can do it by simply giving the permission to the brain to pull to different directions. The logic behind this is if you want to open your eyes, you can open it and if you want to close it, you can. The same rule applies to the different parts of our body like hands, feet, whatever. So, it also applies to the brain. So, instead of being worried with headache and tiredness, we should be happy for having done work with our full capacity.

Jane Blaufus
April 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Great tips Arlene! For some reason we think we should be working 24/7 but it is nice to hear from a great role model like you that we do not have to and if we don't the world will not stop rotating on its axis. Thanks.

Carol Adolphe
July 5, 2013 at 3:36 am

Four times, for 15 minutes over a 9 day period, I take out my friend's dog, Rosie, while my friend works 12 hour shifts as a nurse. It doesn't matter how badly things are going, when I leave there I have a huge smile on my face and feel amazing. I've spent a lot of time with great dogs, but Rosie is special. She's lively, entertaining when she plays on her own, has a zest for life and has the cutest facial expressions. My mind is in a different world when I'm with her. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend time with her.

Joe Wasylyk
December 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm
Irene, As a senior 50+ entrepreneur I find that our minds partly because of different life experiences are changing all the time. I find that meditation helps to focus the mind internally and remove some of those unwanted distractions coming from the outside. Personally, I have suspended my own Blog writing for now in order to rest my mind and see where my Seniorpreneur Project is going and possibly where it needs to change.
Patricia Coyne
December 21, 2016 at 2:54 pm
I always use the expression time to " recharge the batteries" and honestly I also believe we shouldn't feel guilty about what we do as long as we turn off or redirect our thought patterns for a time... it really does work!
Gayle Gordon
February 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm
Investing in #2 as soon as I've completed my thoughts below.
#3 - not in the cards
# 1 & #5 soon... spring in Toronto!
#4 Friday Feb. 17- Live performance

Thank You for encouraging me to shut down my over active mind. Awesome site Arlene more people need to be made aware as there's so many forms of educational opportunity on your site.