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REASONS TO TAKE THINKING BREAKS
- Avoid thinking traps
- Better focus
- More rational decisions
A "thinking break" is fundamental to self-coaching. It's an opportunity to collect your thoughts.
A thinking break is like a "timeout" in sports. It's a short break in the action when a team huddles together and listens to their coach.
Your thinking break occurs in private. It's just your inner-voice and inner-coach. If it goes well, your inner-voice may even listen to your inner-coach!
Most of the time you don't stop to think about what you're thinking. Your mind operates on auto-pilot. Your subconscious runs the show.
Your inner-voice stays active throughout the day, but it isn't always focused. You're doing one thing, but thinking about something else.
Your inner-voice produces thousands of thoughts daily. It swings from thought to thought. The Buddha referred to it as a "monkey mind".
He described the human mind as being filled with drunken monkeys, jumping around, all screeching for our attention.
Your inner-voice isn't always right, either. It can lead you astray. Thinking traps are mental habits that are illogical or irrational, and we all have them.
If you don't stop to think about what you're thinking, you never question your own thoughts. You rely on subconscious, irrational, gut feel. You trust your monkey mind!
When you think about what you're thinking, you flip from the subconscious to the conscious mode. By doing that, you're automatically more rational and less emotional. It's easier to spot thinking traps, too.
These breaks can be preplanned or taken whenever you feel the need.
Remember, think of it like a timeout in sports. Most timeouts are taken when they're needed. The team is tired or their momentum is slipping away.
If you feel like you need a thinking break, you probably do! Your monkey mind is screeching at you, and the loudest thoughts are troubling thoughts.