"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

.....Think About It.....

Monday 5 Things…..Think About It…..

“I think.  I am.  I will.”  One of my favorite quotes from Ayn Rand’s novella ‘Anthem”, a story about a society in which freedom, individual rights, values and thinking have been abolished.   Today's M5T celebrates one of the most precious gifts that we can give ourselves;  the gift of thinking.

1.  Prioritize

Rand also said that “action expresses priorities”.  Thinking takes time.  Thinking is proactive.  It takes effort to simply sit and be still.  Thinking deeply is an action that demands making private time and private space a priority to be most effectual.

2.  Prune

A gardener knows that pruning dead branches is important to the shape and growth of a tree.  Assess negativity in your life and discard the dross. Technology pulls incessantly at us, a virtual vortex of ways and means that pilfers time to think.  All the more imperative to purposely prune dead time in our lives, take a respite from the inundation of information.  Put down the phone, tablet or computer.  Shut off the news or stop binging on Netflix to simply think …..and think for yourself, even if just for a moment.

3.  Physical

Thinking deeply requires space without disruption or interruption.  Space to slow down, to breath and to contemplate unreservedly and unfettered.  Time alone, whether in the shower, in your office, on walks or in whatever your ‘nest’ may be.  Diligently defend the place where you go to just be, and go just to think.

4.  Purpose

Give yourself permission to take time to purposefully deliberate.  Map out your world as it is today and where you want it to be tomorrow.  Unpack your biggest problems.  Define what is most important to you.  Focus on your blessings. Align your priorities with your actions in life. Rediscover your voice, your values, your independent thought.

5.  Ponder

Ask yourself powerful questions.  Use this time to refocus on your vision for life.  Cultivate fresh outlandish dreams,  then plan to make them happen.  Redefine your short-term and long-term goals and objectives.  Consider new ideas for your life; where you are and where you want to be. 

Here’s to a week of gifting yourself time to reflect and the freedom and peace that comes from thinking for yourself.

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D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business.  He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe, and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.  

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