There are times in our life in which words are not warranted. We are currently looking at a world that has been riddled with people full of words, thoughts, and ideas. Most of the time, we give into these attractive new thoughts as they are not our own. They are able to spark more thought and information that we comprehend on different levels.
However, we should take into account the opposite. What are the benefits of silent strategy? Why should we consider this notion when going into a business meeting, or strategizing our ideas to be taken into consideration?
I invite you to look at this with new eyes and an open mind. When the world is telling you to be extra on all levels, you should stop and consider the opposite. As we all know, those that have historically made a difference, often went against the thought process of their time.
On the Subject of Silence
In our history, we can see when silence has been long time weaponized and used to gain power. From wars, corporate strategies, and government scandals, silence has long held an unwaverable value. However, silence has also long been undervalued. This is due to the thought that gaining attention at all costs leads to power. This may be true, but the theory should not take away from the importance of using silence strategically.
On the Offense
It’s funny to think of silence on the offense. When chosen at the right time, silence can keep your opponent off balanced and in suspended fear. This has been used when individuals who are usually outspoken suddenly become introverted. The void strategy has often been used in order to leave the opposing side without a target to hit. When this occurs, leaders are unable to make sense of the situation in order to strike back.
Silence may also be used in order to take a superior stance against the opposing side. An example of this could be when a king does not decide to argue with others who are lower in station then he is. He does not argue with the pawns on his team, for that would lower him to their level. This is the exact reason why some individuals choose silence instead of words. Silence is then used to disguise weakness for strength.
Silence may be used in conjunction with an attack. This gives the opposing team a false sense of security. We all know that when we feel secure, if an offensive blow is given then it feels harder than it actually is. This is psychologically destabilizing. Unable to recover, the opposing side usually fails and loses battles or wars.
On the Defense
On the contrary, silence has most often been used as a defensive strategy. In war, many have used distance and silence in order to gain time to plan the next attack on the opposing party. This is smart, especially when trying to recover from a devastating blow.
Silence has long been used by many governments in order to keep information hidden from other countries, or to gain information and not let the opposing side know what they know. Information is there by unable to be duplicated or planned against.
The more information gathered from the other side leads to a greater offensive hit. Therefore, secrecy regarding planned movements most often leads to success. The party that has been able to keep their movements limited to a small group of individuals have often seen the greatest wins in history. This can be incorporated (and has been) to businesses when strategizing corporate takeovers of smaller companies.
The information business is a great business. I think we can all agree that information is important to either side of any party playing any game against each other. Therefore, the individual who is able to remain silent is of great value to the cause in which he or she fights for.
Make sure you are that person who uses silence as a way to gain the advantage and not to lose it.
Yaritza Ellison has been an nurse since 2010. She has been essential to the healing process of many and seeks to continue to do so. Her passion for mental health and self help literature has lead her to launch justyari.org, where she aspires to coach young ladies navigating through work-life balance.