Unspoken Words?

I like to set time aside just to think! Not in the position of Rodin’s sculpture, The Thinker, necessarily but quiet time with no interruptions from music, conversation or television. Rodin's_The_Thinker

If you are anything like me, you are a busy person. Busy with work, family, children, elderly parents or loved ones, or with pets.  Busy, just busy! Technology has also infringed on our quiet time.  Ask yourself, how often have you eaten a meal lately without checking your phone for something?  I’ll challenge you to make every meal time phone and tablet free. Make it time for conversation with family or quiet time to think.

Remember when it took 3-5 days to get a letter?  Remember if you wanted to talk to someone you had to use the telephone and call them?

With all the noise and technology my observation is we don’t have many meaningful and insightful conversations with one another in social encounters. We talk at or over others. Too often we are thinking about what we have to do next, or what is waiting for us at the office.  Whew, no wonder we feel tired sometimes!

My challenge to you is to pick at least one publication that makes you think about expanded topics. Set aside time to read it! For me, that publication is The Economist magazine. Take this new perspective and discuss it with your children whatever their level of understanding.  Critical and analytic thinking skills should be started early in life! Encouraging everyone to question ideas and mandates is a good thing. With adult children and adult friends this will give you a better understanding of their views on the world, their perspective and why they believe or feel the way they do. This enlightenment can help us all get along better, be more connected and be more open to new patterns and views.

Quotes-About-CommunicationYou can use this technique in a group as well. Create a group of people who want to focus on similar topics and challenges. The collective mind is better at coming up with alternatives and solutions. This is a Mastermind group. As commonly said, ‘two heads are better than one’. More heads can be helpful. I find an optimum number for a mastermind collective is six to eight. This encourages participation and allows each participant to take the floor so to speak with each meeting. I started two mastermind groups; one for professional women and the other for like minded business professionals who could share and learn from one another’s professional expertise and perspective. Each has been active for a couple years and while members come and go as their needs dictate, we continue to make progress. These thinking sessions of 1 1/2 to 2 hours are great for giving me constant things to think about. As a result, I have broadened my thinking and knowledge base!

Giving yourself permission to be quiet and think can have a profound impact on your future, both personal and financial!  Dedicating time to think about your financial goals, accomplishments and desires should help you have a better outcome.  That’s a smart Financial Strategy for Life!

About Sara Seasholtz

Sara Seasholtz, CFP®, was voted one of "50 Most Influential Women in Charlotte" by The Mecklenburg Times in 2011, and has assisted her clients with their financial planning needs for over 40 years. Have a financial question? ASK SARA!


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