Google the definition of critical thinking, and you will get “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgement.” I like that definition. To me, the key components are “objective” and logical reasoning.
You see, anybody can think. But to think objectively in a fair minded and structured way devoid of human biases is something else. Because to make a sound judgement, our left and right brains are constantly in a tug-of-war.
The left brain represents logic and the right, emotions. And nine out of ten times, our emotions win out. We tend to stick with our gut feel when making decisions. That’s why emotional appeal is such powerful technique.
So how to stay objective and think critically? Not an easy task given our own biases, self interests, and social norms – the baggage we acquired over time. To be aware our biases and balancing two halves of the brain takes skills.
To be continued.
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Common in resumes is the phrase “seeking greater or increasing challenges” – the reason to move or advance one’s career. While no doubt in the job seeker’s intention, the phrase is often misused for the career move. Why?
How many people can master their current positions (especially at mid to senior levels) and ready to take on more challenges or increasing responsibilities? Maybe 1%? Because there is always room for incremental improvement in just about every job.
Let’s assumed the answer is 1%. The rest of job seekers are trying to leave their jobs for reasons other than more challenges. Maybe more pay, better location, and other selfish reasons. Seeking greater challenges may seem better on paper (not really), but it’s rarely true.
Maybe a more accurate and honest description would be seeking different challenges?
Are you seeking challenge for the right reason?
“How does it work? Why is it so? When will it happen? Where to find more?” and other questions are asked by people who are curious. And these questions are wonderful because they represent curiosity which is the basis for learning and source of motivation.
As wonderful as these questions are, why don’t people (i.e, myself) ask more of them? Lately I have found myself lost my way with asking this kind of questions. Too set in my ways? too busy? too old to learn? too . . . I am not sure. But I don’t like it.
When one ceases to be curious, I believe one is just living to get by. Counting down the days. Learning new things used to recharge me. The excitement of acquiring something new, be it knowledge. skills, etc. gave me tremendous satisfaction that is more than material possession.
Now I want to get the feeling back.
How do you cultivate curiosity?
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“Introverts need personal space and time alone to reflect, which is how they develop their energy.” ~ Glenda at Ps of Mine
When I came across that line in Glenda’s blog post, I said to myself – here is somebody who knows my personality type. Because I too am an introvert. For me the personal space and time I need speak volume to my blog here at Running with Buddha.
I suppose if I were to take a Big Data approach of applying a content analysis on all my posts, a pattern of my preference for introvert may appear. But that’s way too geeky even for me. Instead, the details had to be revealed and the nuances dissected through evolution.
Frankly, it hasn’t been all that easy of a discovery journey for me As Glenda mentioned in her post – 75% of the folks are extroverts. Coming to term with myself being an introvert has taken some deep reflections. Looking back it’s work well worthy the investment.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
The Runaround Dilemma:
Because we don’t know what is really important to us, everything seems important. Because everything seems important, we have to do everything.
Other people, unfortunately, see us as doing everything, so they expect us to do everything.
Doing everything keeps us so busy we don’t have time to think about what is really important to us. —Anonymous
Source: FranklinCovey – Enablers of Greatness
The Runaround Dilemma was what I used to avoid on a daily basis prior to my retirement. I worked diligently to figure out what my priorities, or more accurately my boss’s priorities, were.
Now retired, I own my time and priorities. No longer do I need to wreck my brain to figure out what’s important (to my boss). Instead, I go with the flow and let the important stuffs happen to me. Otherwise, must not be important enough.
Part 1, here
How about you? What’s really important to you?