Are you a conformist in your thinking? In other words, do you have the brains and the guts to question status quo thinking? Typically good thinkers do not follow the majority. They think for themselves. They work toward forming their thinking around what makes sense to accept and what to refute. They are constantly realigning their thinking and beliefs.
What are the consequences of your thinking to this point in life? It is our nature as humans to think however thinking left unchecked can easily fall into conformance thinking. The quality of your thinking has a direct impact on the quality of life.
Good thinking is an acquired and continually improving mental habit of systematically analyzing and evaluating information with a goal of separating fact and fiction. Good thinking is slow to believe due to unlimited verification and revision.
Our thinking is challenged by questioning and asking the right kind of questions is an art requiring concentration and varied perspectives.
The right types of questions develop and support thinking in the following ways:
They create clarity: “Can you explain more about this situation?”
They challenge assumptions: “Why are the activities completed in this fashion?”
They help develop analytic and critical thinking: “What are the risks in doing activities in this way?”
The more you ask questions, the more you understand the world around you.
Developing questioning skills is a “real art form” that requires repeated effort to get right. Practice with friends, loved ones, and trusted colleagues this week to develop your questions into the most effective and efficient thinking.
The goal for this week is to challenge your thinking.
Question purpose and objectives.
Why is this information important?
Add the word “because” to end of every answer you provide.
Challenge sources and assumptions.
List your daily information sources – people, magazines, websites, radio, tv, etc.
List your assumptions
Question and defend your assumptions
Test your thinking with someone that is not vested in your thinking
Everything you read, hear, and think is a partial understanding – seek full understanding
Continually challenge your information sources- change is constant. Information that is true now, may become outdated five minutes from now