THINKING SKILLS

TMx3: "doing" from the inside >>> out.

No doubt about it, thinking is the most complex thing we do. Highly involved and absolutely subjective, thinking is the process we use to sort through, define, categorize and qualitatively evaluate everything else we do.

Filled with ideologies, information, recollections, perceptions, projections, and all sorts of "resonant imagery" data, thinking is, without question, the dynamic fluid of life. Yet how much do we think about thinking? 

Are we aware of our own style? Have we ever done an introspective critique? Did we evaluated our own thinking alongside our best and most rational standard of what we see as a perfect ideological fit?

Do we know with certainty that our own unique way of "thinking about things" supports the attainment of our personal hopes, dreams and objectives? Do we think more often about what we do or don't want to happen? And do we appreciate the dramatic implications of making this simple choice?

Typically, our thinking is riddled with unintentional nuances and flavors. And while some of these are "good for us," adding a [happy, productive, meaningful] quality to the movements of our lives, sometimes our thinking process has been tainted with subtle yet powerfully debilitating habits and, until we consciously take control of these "cognitive behaviors," we are too often slaves to randomly disobedient thoughts.

And whatever our personal thinking style, the resonant images it generates course through our "inner being" and set-off electromagnetic charges in our mind. Our mind, in turn, converts these signals to chemically charged synaptic impulses and, in precise accord of the scenario engendered by us, our physical behavior automatically performs.

Each and every one of our actions starts as a simple thought. The effect is cumulative and motivational. We perpetually do what we think about, but do we ever really think about what we want our thinking to do?

We plan our lives and map our time to accomplish great objectives. But how do we feel when we crawl into bed at night? Weary but elated? Or daunted, drained and confused? 

How well do we handle new situations? And what about recurring situations with an uncomfortable or counterproductive theme? Have we ever taken even a moment to look closely at our own sub-routines?

Probably not. Probably, we have been too busy. 

At least that's what we tell ourselves. But is this reality -- or just a contrivance of the way we were taught to think.

Taught to think? Wait a minute. We were never ''taught'' to think, were we? Well, yes and no.

We have all been taught a googol (by google <smile>) about what to think. Right and wrong. Good and bad. Up and down. Left and right. And we were taught by experts. Grade school teachers, healthcare professionals, ministers, college professors, best friends, sweethearts, moms and dads. 

But probably no one ever sat us down and explained the actual A, B, Cs of thinking. Yet we were, by example, being taught "how to think" while all the "what to think" information was being passed along.

We learned how to think by osmosis. In innocence, we assimilated unspoken instructions as absolute truth. And along the way, we grew-up. 

As [intelligent, mature, proactive] adults we have absolute control over the choices we make. Yet every single one of our decisions is held in check by the "range of motion" our own thinking process holds. Thus when it becomes self-evident that something in our guidance system is flawed, it's time to get a conscious clue about how our own thinking works and utilize our authority to implement change by thinking the way we choose.

TMx3:PSQ

Evaluate the features, advantages and benefits of our own thinking process > Make purposeful changes > Examine results > Celebrate milestones > Do again >

 

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