“How did they get so smart? Their intellectual powers were developed by a medium that fostered abstract thought”. – Neil Postman
Abstract thought allows us to think of things that, if followed through and actualised, often result in innovations and actions that are beneficial to many. Abstract thinking allows us to journey out of the present moment as in here and now. Abstract thinking is like tapping into a repository of ideas that you can implement for your betterment. A person thinks of doing or making something that is not present. A lot of innovations are products of abstract thinking.
On a corporate level, abstract thinking can give rise to prudent strategic planning, implementation and increased customer satisfaction of your products and services. Abstract thinking can give to realities of value addition to your products and services. Organisations and leaders often talk about their vision for the future. It is that abstract thinking that is translated into reality in due course, and when successful, the benefits are trans-boundary. In such circumstances, it can therefore be said that the organisation’s or leader’s success is attributed to abstract thinking.
On an individual level, you can use abstract thinking to foster good business ideas and good leadership. Let me make reference to a commonly used old saying: “You need speculate to accumulate”. The speculation aspect is abstract thinking action. Individuals who are experiencing stagnation and not making good progress in achieving their desired goals have a course of action that they could take.
Exploration of abstract thinking can bring about relief from such confining and repulsive situations. I was once in a situation that did not foster progress; in fact it subverted developmental thoughts and ideas. I now celebrate my new found freedom to put my skills and abilities to good use; for the benefit of myself and others.
One of the greetings often used in churches at the end of the service is: “May peace be with you”. The Islamic greeting: “Asalaam alaykum” has the same meaning: “Peace be with you”. Indeed, this is a very true assertion; I believe that when you are at peace, you can be more innovative; be it in leadership or business.
I wish you well.
In our daily lives we exhort our family, friends and colleagues to be mindful of particular things in order not to be ruinous or be disadvantaged in some way. For example one may caution earnestly by saying: “Please be mindful of the small print in the contract.” However, mindfulness is broader than that; the term also encapsulates several aspects of being.
There are slight variances of definitions of mindfulness; in this written piece I will use one of the simplistic versions. Mindfulness is a mental state that is achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.
Mindfulness is used as a therapeutic technique in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) in treating various disorders. MBCT is said to have the potential to improve one’s well-being, mindfulness, emotional regulation, positive mood and spiritual experience, while reducing stress anxiety and other problems.
However, from a proactive and not reactive approach to well-being, one can learn and practice mindfulness as per the definition in the second paragraph. Mindfulness meditation is a specific technique that one can use to help develop the capacity for mindfulness. Research shows that the physical health benefits of mindfulness include: an improved immune system, lower blood pressure, and better sleep.
The Mindfulness Meditation Institute informs us that you can also improve your self-esteem through mindfulness meditation. One can practice and be proficient at mindfulness meditation from the comfort of his/her home, and the benefits are worthwhile.
Albert Einstein said that: “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift”.
When you honour the sacred gift and faithful servant, the resultant life experience can be blissful, rich and fulfilling. The life choices you make can be arrived at intuitively, and within that, ration is a very useful analytical tool. Furthermore, there will be a cessation of the life of regrets you might have lead in the past.
When you reflect on what I have written in this paragraph, you may arrive at the inference that honouring the two gifts can be a reliable mechanism for avoiding a good number of adverse states of being. States like, situational: stress, pain, and environments that do not facilitate or foster your growth and well-being. The situations mentioned here can impede the achievement of one’s goals due to his/her prolonged preoccupation with remedial measures or rectification of the disadvantage he/she incurred.
Very often, the pre-cursors to extricating ourselves from unwelcome and uncomfortable situations and environments lies in making use of the intuitive mind and the rational mind, which complement each other and should not mutually exclusive.
I watched a professor giving a public speech at a foreign conference. The professor upbraided a particular category of officials who were thought to be contextually honest, and the professor seemed to suggest remedial steps that needed to be taken.
I could not judge the officials in question neither did I know their circumstances. However, from my perspective as a healer and one who is into spirituality, this left me thinking that in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in, the use of intuition is very helpful and a sacred gift indeed.
May any failures incurred be a source of inspiration to do better; despair should not be an option.