Catalyst – The Newsletter: Do you have daily silence time?

By Spencer Rubin

Let me ask you a question.  Whether you are an employee…a manager…or an employer, are attention, memory and problem solving important skills for success to you?

If your answer is YES, and it should be, then you might want to carve out some daily silence time.

This version of the Catalyst is a follow up to January’s when we talked about the power of Day Dreaming.

Herman Melville once wrote:  “All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence.”

Think about it. Our world is louder than ever. More cluttered than any time in history. First of all, there are just more people.  Secondly, we are surrounded by more things that make more noise. People, cars, planes, trains, social media, technology are all things that make A LOT OF NOISE!

The downside of noise is it is stressful! Noisy environments have a physical effect on our brains. If you live and work in an environment that is consistently noisy, you are likely to experience chronically elevated levels of stress hormones. This is unhealthy on many levels, and as stated earlier, they negatively impact performance, attention, memory and problem solving.

While tension and stress are symptoms of noise for your brain and body…silence has proven it can be a cure.

A study in the journal Heart discovered that two minutes of total silence can be even more relaxing than listening to “relaxing” music.

Running my own business is what I do.  Top shelf performance is important to me. My life is VERY noisy. I did not enter 2018 with a New Year’s Resolution, and while I am 90+ days late with one…I think I just found it. If I can relax more, let my brain and conscious rest more, and help my brain replenish my cognitive resources…I know I can continue to operate at the high speed and effectiveness I expect of myself.

2018 will be a year where I plan, and insert many moments of silence in my daily life!

Spencer Rubin is a sales/marketing expert who has spent 25 years in the industry. Spencer has become a passionate advocate for the success of small, local business owners. To sign up for Spencer’s weekly Catalyst Newsletter. Contact 971-732-4745.