I got up early this morning to go hiking at Radnor Lake, one of Nashville’s most beautiful state parks. There was no one around while I was on the trail, so I paused on a wooden bridge that forged one of the small creeks to gaze at the water. Within a moment, the forest started to come alive. The sound of rushing water became louder. I saw small birds darting back and forth and chirping their morning song. I noticed a few deer grazing in the background and squirrels hopping around. Even though the forest had appeared barren and empty when I was hiking, it was in fact teaming with life that only came into focus when I became still.
The tendency of entrepreneurs (because we are generally a fairly self-motivated bunch) is to keep working hard/moving forward/developing new ideas. We think this is the only way to have an edge. This definitely makes sense. If you are always on top of your game and plowing ahead, you will inevitably go further in your endeavor. In this case, creativity and fresh ideas are extracted from the shear momentum of your drive to succeed.
On the flip side, creativity can come from another source—stillness. When you sit quietly, you have the ability to tap into your surroundings and internal creativity. Just like the forest, your brain is teaming with inspired ideas and visions. Too many times, though, when you are solely focused on rapidly moving forward, you are missing your chance to stop and tune in.
According to Deepak Chopra in his book The Seven Spiritual Law of Success, he says, “…if you want to make full use of the creativity which is inherent in pure consciousness, then you have to have access to it. One way to access the field is though the daily practice of silence, meditation, and non-judgment. Spending time in nature will also give you access to the qualities inherent in the field: infinite creativity, freedom and bliss.”
When I paused on the trail this morning, nothing in my surroundings changed. The forest didn’t change, the animals didn’t change and the sounds didn’t change. It was only my awareness that changed. And what a huge difference that made.
Whether you’re a new entrepreneur or a seasoned one, make time in your day for silence to tap into the field of pure potentiality and creativity that is all around you and inside you. This way, you are letting ideas happen instead of making them happen. For many people, this will make all the difference.