Out of focus, biased thinking gets in your way, and makes your life miserable.
We’re thinking all the time. We think about everything we encounter in life. Here are some of things we think about at any given point on any given day.
- Money & Finance
- Career & Work
- Health & Fitness
- Fun & Recreation
- Family & Friends
- Partner & Love
- Growth & Learning
We cannot not think. But we’re not simply thinking. We’re evaluating ourselves and the world around us, and we’re making predictions and decisions based on our evaluations.
Most of the time, we don’t give a lot of attention to what or how we’re thinking. Our thoughts are like the background noise in our neighborhood at this moment. Most of thie time, we’re not aware of the noise until it’s loud enough to interrupt our attention to other matters, or someone calls it to our attention to the noise.
In the same way, we’re not always aware of our thinking – the content of our thoughts, the biases we have, the assumptions we make, and the fundamental beliefs that support it all.
We may not be aware of the way we think until an event interrupts the sub-conscious flow of our thoughts and requires us to make a decision. Even then – and especially then – our thinking reflects our biases, our assumptions and our beliefs. These biases, assumptions, and beliefs are unique to us individually, and are not always shared by others around us. That’s one of the reasons we have conflicts with others.
I don’t think it’s an overgeneralization to assert that this is true for everyone: Our thinking is often out of focus and in need of correction.
In this series of blogs, I’ll explore the different levels of our thinking, and how each level operates. I’ll suggest ways you can identify faulty biases, assumptions and beliefs, and what you can do to bring those thoughts into clearer focus.
(The above list is from Wheel of Life – a life-enrichment tool developed by Pennock & Alberts designed to enhance your well-being. Contact me if you’d like information about how this exercise can help you.)