The business world rewards clarity.
Brain-energy: we should put that to its best use.
When people, processes, and situations are clear business can be both effective and efficient…and all that leads to pleasing bottom-line profits.
When people are not clear other people misunderstand them and their messages. Misunderstandings add distraction to an already-complex-enough world and workday. Misunderstandings are time-wasters and money-wasters and, even worse, they are energy-wasters. Specifically, when people are not clear brain-energy is wasted because it is consumed by confused thoughts.
When processes are not clear they are not understood and they are not followed. This creates confusion and it multiplies the amount of decisions required. This consumes and wastes brain-energy. To the extent people disagree with one another’s interpretations of processes or decisions about processes, again, brain-energy is wasted.
When situations are not clear the people in those situations must use extra brain-energy to get their bearings and determine proper actions. When people deal with unknowns it places special demands on their brains and it often triggers negative emotions and mindsets such as fear, doubt, worry, frustration, and anger. These negatives consume brain-energy.
Every person has a limited amount of brain-energy. Experts say the human brain consumes about 20% of the energy consumed by the human body. The brain represents about 2% of body weight…yet, it consumes 20% of the energy.
Where does all that energy go?
In simple terms, the brain uses up the energy doing 4 things:
- Overseeing the operations of the body…all those involuntary but necessary things we take for granted…like breathing, growing fingernails, and digesting food
- Handling other subconscious things…all those things that few if any of us really understand…like, emotions, where do hunches come from?, and how did we ever come up with that weird dream?
- Processing incoming stimuli…what we see, hear, feel, smell, and taste…perhaps more?
- In conjunction with the mind, processing conscious thought, which leads to conscious action and more conscious thought
These 4 things are ranked.
Conscious thought doesn’t get the gold, or the silver, or even the bronze. Thought sits in fourth place.
That’s why people say they do not have enough time.
The neurons in their brains are very busy doing lots of other things.
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