By: O.L./Sway Buckley
Silence is golden, they say.
I didn't start appreciating those words of wisdom until later in life. There was a time when the nonstop noise energized me. But it wasn't long until I began to long for the solace that silence brings.
Nearly everywhere we look today, opinions are being shared about virtually everything.
If you're not careful, you'll find yourself listening to all of the voices and end up with a headache. There is a time for learning from others but also a time to refuel in silence.
But let's first address the two distinct sources of the noise.
In order to enter into the solace of silence, we have to understand where the noise is coming from. The first noise source is the more obvious one. It is the external noise from the voices around us.
(To be clear, 'voices' is not to be confused for audible sound. 'Voices' meaning, opinions, differing views, comparisons, compromise, and any other vice that distracts us from purpose in life).
The second source of noise is the inner noise that comes from within. This noise is often a reflection of absorbing the external noise. It often looks like thoughts of doubt, second-guessing, what-ifs, and a slew of open loops of things left undone.
Believe it or not, the internal noise can often be louder and more disturbing than the external noise. Being bogged down in either of these noisy 'places' without solace dampers a sharp vision and softens our effectiveness because, in time, we can sound like everyone else without having fresh, authentic insight into the needs around us.
So, what do you do as visionary marriedpeneurs?
How do we combat the noise together (and win)?
Here are a few suggestions:
- Plan and PROTECT intentional times of rest and solitude (defined by you both)
- Preoccupy your mind with a transitionary action to help bridge you into that place.
- Switch up the environment. It can be as simple as a different room
- Get fresh air and natural vitamin D (meaning get outdoors)
- Get your heart rate up (there are countless healthy ways to engage in this)
- Repeat step 1
The weekly practice we have to hold each other accountable in these areas is our Weekly Legacy Meeting for Marriedpreneurs. We do it Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, and Annually. It's a game-changer for us. If you want to implement this system into your legacy building, grab our free template in our Marriedpreneur Checklist here.
Here's to living purposefully, powerfully, and profitably in sync,
O.L. & Sway
O.L. is a former banker turned real estate consultant and entrepreneur. Sway is a former CEO of a staffing firm she started on her dorm room floor to pay for college. Together they co-own Marriedpreneur Life Consultancy, equipping entrepreneur couples with high-level systems to scale without strain to have marriage and business success. They're the co-hosts of The Marriedprenuer Life Podcast, which was praised as one of Wedding Wire's top relationship podcasts. Learn more at MarriedpreneurLife.com.