Balancing Thinking and Doing

“There is an art of which every man should be a master, the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?”

~ William Hart Coleridge

Balancing Thinking and Doing

By Courtney Lynch

We are socialized to think that motion equals progress. Yet as leaders, we must be cautious to fully value thinking just as much as doing. Intentional action is a key part of leading well. To act with intention we must first think deeply about what needs to be done.

As you begin the second half of 2014, reflect on these questions:

  • Is this year turning out like I intended? Why or why not?
  • What are my most significant challenges right now?
  • What are my main priorities for the rest of the year?
  • What specifically do I want to accomplish between now and December 31st?
  • What do I need to stop doing in order to maintain focus?

To create next level success, we must have next level vision. Clarity of vision comes from clarity of thought. High caliber thinking takes quiet time and space away from the pace of day to day doing. It can feel slow, but ultimately it’s a powerful accelerant to success. As you reflect on the challenges you are currently experiencing, keep in mind that if you want to expand your capability to overcome them, you have to expand your thought process. The same way of thinking won’t get you past persistent challenges. Better ideas, better perspective and better leveraging of the lessons you’ve learned are needed to advance.

Keep thinking to keep succeeding in ways that are enjoyable and valuable to you.

This article was provided courtesy of Lead Star – a premiere leadership development firm. You can learn more about leadership by visiting their website at


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