Updated: May 17, 2019
Many of us have big dreams, but dreaming is the easy part. Everyone has a dream, opinion, feeling or idea as those are easily generated! How do we actually make something happen? The answer is simple, but execution never is.
Good Thinking is Essential
Are you a good thinker? Have you ever thought about the quality of your thinking? (meta-cognition is the big word that describes thinking about thinking) I am not talking about the sound-bytes or cliche statements and some of the motivational non-sense you see on social media about being positive, shooting for the stars etc. You've seen it all ; a couple of words strung together that sound prophetic but guess what? Crap. Crap. Crap. We get distracted by external voices telling us what to do when all we really need to do is decide what we want, apply good thinking practices and be consistent.
What is Good Thinking?
Back to the original question; are you a good thinker and how do you know? We all think we are good thinkers and what swirls around in our head makes sense to us in our own internal worlds where, in fact, we are all generally not so great at thinking.
Our thinking is largely driven by a human brain that deceives us, tell us stories and selfishly searches out thoughts to create actions that support our survival. Good thinking may simply be defined as maximizing our own awareness of our self, our thinking and how it effects our behaviour, actions and interactions with others. Good thinkers strive to be students of their own awareness, thinking and behaviours.
What is Our Brain Often Telling Us?
1. Put as little thought into your decisions as possible in order for you to use less energy and brain power in order to survive. If you do put in thought, be sure to draw only on limited past experience and mental models you are comfortable with without looking at all options.
2. Bad things are happening all around you that could harm you that you need to avoid in order to survive.
3. Jump to conclusions without all of the information in order to quickly reconcile a situation.
4. Mask your shortcomings with biases that don't let you see what is truly going on around you so you can live with uncertainty and complexity.
What do we Need to Do?
1. Understand and combat how our brain sends us deceptive messages that undermine what we want to accomplish
2. Work on creating new habits that allow us to recognize poor thinking and how, and when to apply in specific circumstances business/work/home
3. Make a commitment to being more than just the chemistry and social expectation that shapes our thinking and lean into uncertainty, discomfort and ambiguity
4. Spend every day of your life striving to greater awareness, consciousness and consider the unconsidered. Read different books that you may find a stretch or disagree with parts. (for the sciencey-linear-type try anything by Eckhart Tolle, or "the Untethered Soul" to start)
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