On this weeks episode, we chat about tips on how to think for yourself and not be influenced and swayed by the thoughts, agendas, or perspectives of others without becoming closed-minded or dogmatic.
How to Think for Yourself
One of the hardest things in the world to do is to think for yourself. It's easier to live life waiting for a boss, a leader, a parent, a spouse to tell you what to think. I'll never come down too hard on people for not thinking for themselves; it's a more comfortable life to go with the tide.
Thinking is hard; it takes listening to both sides, setting aside a judgment for a time to really process all the information before making a decision.
Tips on how to think for yourself: (From Essential Life Skills)
- Develop a strong sense of self. Know who you are, what you want and what is best for you. Do not let others, especially marketing companies and the media, tell you how you should look, feel and act. Do what is best for you. Cultivate your own tastes and enjoy your preferences.
- Be well-informed. Gather as much information about a subject as possible before forming an opinion. Build your mental resources by reading, observing, and listening for yourself. Then take time to reflect and evaluate.
- Be flexible, see the big picture. Look for solutions and outcomes to a situation from as many perspectives as you can. Determine the pros and cons. Are there other possibilities? Whom might it harm/benefit? What are the potential consequences?
- Identify possible biases. Are you being unduly influenced by your culture, upbringing or other people's opinions? Are you being fair and open-minded? Many times we make poor decisions because we begin with the wrong premise. If we take time to evaluate and judge based upon what we observe first hand rather than what we've been lead to believe, we can arrive at a more appropriate and practical conclusion.
- Do not buckle under pressure, fear, or guilt. Have the courage to stand up for what you really believe and have deduced yourself. If you go along with the crowd for the sake of keeping the peace, avoiding confrontation, or fear of failure, you do everyone a disservice, especially yourself. You may have a brilliant idea, or maybe it happens to be the right thing to do. If no one hears about it, a healthy discussion cannot take place, and all possibilities will not be considered. A good idea has the potential to evolve into a better one with input from a variety of sources.
Thinking for yourself begins with self-care. There's a lot of subjective things that can be considered self-care. Only you can find out what those are for you, and then your job is to act on those things for your health! I really admire Russell Brand's thoughts here...
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