There is power in silence. The world we live in is a world full of noise and many times it requires that we escape from it so that we can think clearly. I have noticed that in order to stay sane and focuses one must have a constant practice of alone time. For some reason it is necessary to have alone time so one can celebrate who they are and not become a copy of others.
When I say personal time I am referring to I am talking about time alone where a person is allowing their imagination and dreams form who they are. A time when one explores their likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams, goals and aspirations, etc. Many times this it helpful to carry along a pen and piece of paper to journal because it is these times we form who we really are. These are essential times for us as a leader. Some of my most powerful revelations and times with God have been in times like these.
To help you grasp the concept of “times of solitude” I have given a few suggestions below:
1) Find a place that if free from distractions. The last thing you need when you are trying to have solitude time is have a ton of distractions. People knocking at the door, phone ringing, people passing by, etc. do not produce an adequate location for a time of solitude. Look for a place with very few distractions.
2) Find a place that get’s you in the right mode. We have work places that when we go there we are in an attitude to work. Relaxation places where when we go we are ready to relax. The same is true when it comes to a place of solitude. Find a place that when you are there you are ready to get in the right mindset.
3) Take something to journal with. No one is talented enough to remember all of their thoughts so taking a pin and a piece of paper along is helpful. You can write things down that impact you or inspire you so that later you can go back to them.
4) Often times it is helpful to lesson more than speak. In these times of solitude many time God will speak. It is hard to hear Him when you are doing all of the talking. Make it a practice to have times of silence during your time of solitude.
5) Find the time where you are your best. It is not the best plan to have your time of solitude in times where you are sleepy. In other words if you are not a morning person do not put yourself through the struggle of trying to stay away in the mornings. If you are not a night person do not give yourself the extra challenge of trying to stay awake at night. Find a time that works well with you.
The more that we lead others the more confident we have to be in being ourselves. Times of solitude help us to focus and refocus our thoughts. It helps us to maintain who we are in a society of rapid change.
- Can you identify when is the best time of the day for you to have a time of solitude?
- This week make a schedule of distinct times where you can have 45 minutes of solitude. Take a notebook and a pen and write down some of your reflections.
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