How Great Leaders Quieten Mind-Chatter


Got to send that email….Mustn’t forget to call Steve….Really need to re-order my contact lenses….What can I cook for dinner tonight?

Sometimes we can all be our own worst enemies. With the pace of life increasing every day, the list of things to do can become overwhelming. Technology is everywhere. Workloads and expectations are increasing. Opportunity and choice is endless. Our minds seem to be working harder and harder just to keep up, and mind-chatter is constantly going on.

On average each of us have around 50,000 different thoughts a day. For many, this number is a lot more. And although thinking is obviously an essential part of life, it’s important to maintain balance.

Overthinking and constant mind-chatter is leading to increased levels of stress, health problems and even mental breakdown.

Controlling mind-chatter is an invaluable tool in leading a happy and successful life. And in ten years as a recruiter I can say with confidence that it’s something that great leaders do. Whilst most of us are constantly struggling to control the endless conversations that go on in our heads, great leaders make sure that they are the ones always in the driving seat.

Which leads to increased focus and confidence.

Here are some ways how great leaders control mind-chatter.

They learn to be still

For most of us, thinking about what to do next has simply become a habit.

In our hectic lives, we’ve just become used to coping with endless to-do lists and processing tons of information quickly. Making continuos decisions. Seeking how to progress our careers. And off course: always trying to figure out how to make more money.

With our minds constantly chattering, it’s difficult to suddenly stop.

But that’s something that great leaders learn to do.

One of the amazing findings I have discovered about the most successful leaders I have ever worked with, is how commonly they nearly all regularly participate in meditation and relaxation. Although the techniques vary from person to person, nearly all of the super-achievers I know realise the importance of learning to be still and incorporate this as part of their daily routine.

Great leaders realise that their mind is their most important asset. In order to keep it healthy and strong it’s essential to rest, recover and start-again.

Great leaders practice being still.


They focus on taking action

It’s often said that the only cure to worry is being busy.

And the same is often true when trying to conquer the endless chatter going on in our heads.

The human mind, although amazing does have one useful limitation – it’s almost impossible to try and think about two things at the same time. We can either listen to one person of another, read one word at a time, feel either happy or sad. Thinking about two things continuously is hard to do.

That’s why great leaders conquer too much mind-chatter by taking action. It’s why exercise or getting involved in a challenging task often causes us to forget our worries – we are so involved in the moment that are minds are totally focussed on the here-and-now.

Great leaders understand that cure to overthinking is action.


They make specific time to release their thoughts

Yet like all things in life, everything has a purpose.

Although mind-chatter can often become unproductive and stressful, it also has powerful constructive properties. Usually our minds are trying to tell us something. In fact, science has even showm that those people considered geniuses often themselves experience much more mental activity then the most of us, resulting in more thoughts, ideas and creativity.

After all, sometimes it’s the “voice from within” that often gives that initial idea that results in massive change.

Great leaders understand that self-respect is an essential part in success. Rather than fight mind-chatter and try to resist, they respect it’s purpose and reasons. They ensure to make time to hear it out, so that they can release their thoughts properly and then go back to focus on executing their plans.

Great leaders take time to listen.


50,000 thoughts a day. And rapidly increasing.

It’s no wonder life sometimes life can feel like a mountain.

Successful leaders realise that although our thoughts are vital to our success, it’s essential to develop tools and strategies that also prevent us from becoming overwhelmed.

How do you control your mind-chatter?


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