One of my all-time favorite quotes was spoken by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.: "Your mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." That sounds inspiring, but the reality in this day and age is that rarely, if ever, do we have the luxury of uninterrupted time to just sit and contemplate new ideas. Rather, most of us exist in a constant state of information overload. Stimuli rush at us constantly from all directions: emails, phone calls, texts, meetings, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and even the thoughts swirling around in our own brains.
Much has already been written on fancy ways to combat this challenge, but Id like to focus on one simple idea to help leaders eliminate the clutter in their minds in order to give their undivided attention to more important and/or strategic matters. Its called meditation. Yes, you left-brained corporate denizens, I said meditation. Please dont roll your eyes or make patchouli oil jokes; rather, please keep reading as a fellow left-brainer explains.
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