Chapter 4 of “Quiet Influence; The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference” by Jennifer Kahnweiler is about the introvert strength of Taking Quiet Time.
This introvert strength has to be one of my favorites. I’m certainly good at it. In fact, you don’t want to be around me when I haven’t had enough of it. But how does quiet time turn into a strength to be used in influencing others?
Kahnweiler starts by saying that quiet time is necessary because that’s how we recharge our energy, so it’s at the core of all of our strengths. But she goes beyond that:
“Taking Quiet Time contributes to your ability to influence others because it unleashes your most creative thoughts, sustains your energy, increases your understanding of yourself and others, and helps you maintain focus.”
1. Unleash creativity: influencers are people who come up with the new ideas, new ways of thinking. When we take our quiet time, we tap into all the data we are constantly gathering and can come up with new concepts, or new ways of presenting established ideas to get people to listen and buy in. Your subconscious mind is more active when you’re in your quiet time.
2. More energy: if you’re an introvert, you don’t need an explanation of how quiet time recharges you. Enough said!
What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be. – Ellen Burstyn, Actress
3. Increased understanding of yourself and others: I don’t know about you, but my quiet time is my process time. I replay conversations, look at all the data I’ve been gathering by letting it float in and out of my mind, filter it, draw new associations, try out different scenarios. I come out of it with greater understanding. I had never thought of it that way, but it’s true.
4. Maintain focus: When I have to go into the office instead of working from home, it becomes so difficult for me to maintain focus. I don’t know how people get anything done in that noisy place. Quiet time, that’s the time for me to get my thinking in order, focus in on my problems and solutions.
So now I see how using our Quiet Time is a real plus for us.
Next installment… Ideas to increase your quiet time strength.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.