Do you want to master the art of thinking? Wait, what? How can you master your review? When you learn to control your thoughts and guide them towards better learning, you become a practicing thinker.
What good can it do to you? When you become a practicing thinker, you can be more efficient in whatever you’re doing. You can eliminate all the negative thoughts that pull you down, and well, you can conquer the world around you!
Here in this article, we will look at how we can become great practicing thinkers by adopting simple habits.
Control your Thoughts
You may find yourself wondering about random things in your day. If you start calculating the time you spend thinking about things that are not important, you will be shocked. Now, think about all the time you could have saved when you were not just daydreaming and thinking about things that do not even matter and spend your time on the things that do matter.
They say time is money. You have 24 hours in a day, out of which you have spent 8 hours sleeping. The rest of the day is what decides how your future is going to be. So, do you want to waste your day thinking about things that you can ignore? You sometimes need to give your mind a shut-up call and make it focus on the essential things. Don’t let your mind procrastinate. Learn to differentiate between necessary and unimportant thoughts, and you will be one step closer to being a practicing thinker!
Critically Analyze Your Moves
You need to set your head straight and think twice before making a decision. We would say think thrice before taking a decision! And before that, analyze your every step. You need to look at your every step from a third person’s eye. ‘Is it really how it should be?’ ‘Can there be another solution to this problem?’ ‘Can there be another alternative?’ ‘Did I make any mistakes?
In the beginning, this might make you a little bit anxious, but with time you will see that you will start critically evaluating your thoughts and moves subconsciously. Imagine! You will not need to spend any energy assessing your studies, and you will master the technique of a practicing thinker.
The secret to analyzing your moves is to look at them from a third person’s perspective, and then when you realize what you’re doing wrong, you fix it. You will see that you will stop making the same mistakes again.
Logic has the key to your mind. The reason will help you solve your mysteries, sense will help you move forward, and most importantly, logic will help you make the right decisions. All you have to do is ask yourself one question; WHY. ‘Why are you doing this?’ ‘Why is this important? ‘What is the real reason behind this’ A simple WHY will make a practicing thinker. Find out how in the next paragraph!
This WHY will help you set your mind to prove to you everything logically. From making small decisions like buying a fridge to leaving your job. You will see that logical reasoning with your brain will help you make the best decision and comfort your heart. Let’s assume you have to miss your best friend’s wedding due to some work commitments.
In this situation, your heart wants to go to the wedding and wish them luck, and there is a chance that you will give in to your heart. However, if you sit back and relax a little, logically reason with your heart that if you do not abide by your commitment, there is a chance that you might lose the chance of getting promoted. Logical reasoning will not only make your decision-making process easy, but it will give your heart the satisfaction it needs!
Stop Assuming Things
Are you an overthinker? It is okay, most of us are! But is your overthinking giving you anxiety and affecting your daily routine? Is it making you anxious and slowing you down? Are you unable to reach your full potential? Well, then your overthinking is doing more harm to you than you think.
You need to realize that you have to stop assuming things. If something is bothering you, you need to ask or find your answer yourself! A practicing thinker has control over their overthinking. A practicing thinker does not exaggerate their thinking until becomes harmful for them.
To stop overthinking, you need to stop assuming things and go out to find your answers. How do you do that? If something is bothering you that involves a person, ask them. If something is bothering you that involves more research, do it! Looking for answers is healthier than creating false scenarios in your head and believing them. It clouds your judgment.
The next most important step to being a great practicing thinker is the most straightforward and fun one. You need to ask more questions from people around you, from the internet, and, most importantly, yourself. You will see that once you start asking more questions, you will begin to grabbing more knowledge, and let us tell you one thing; there is no harm in being more knowledgeable. You will feel that you are more powerful than you were yesterday.
When you ask more questions, your thinking process improves, and you can evaluate better between your options. This can especially be helpful when you have to choose from different alternatives. Asking more questions helps you in getting knowledge about your choices, which only makes the decision easier.
Yes, it’s hard to question everything, but we are not asking you to examine every stone in your way! It would help if you learned to choose what you want to challenge. Question the things that are important, helpful, and logical.
Explore New Options
This is the step that is the most entertaining but hard to achieve. It would help if you had an open and diverse mind. Are you somebody who doesn’t like to listen to other people’s opinions? Or does not have an open mind accepting things that are different in society? Just think about all the knowledge you have missed out on over the years, and you still are willing to miss out because you have rigid thinking.
If you are a rigorous thinker, you will notice that you have a limited circle of people who have the same thought process and belong to the same mindset. You have stayed with them for a long time now. Can you learn new things from them now?
It would help if you let your mind breathe and let it absorb different kinds of diversity. Have a more acceptable behavior towards other people, their mindsets, and their lifestyles. You will see that you will start learning more when you open yourself up to them, and it will do more good to you.
Another way of exploring new options is visiting new places and exploring new environments. Have different experiences and learn from them. Some say that you know the best when you fall. So, do not fear your falling, because when you get up, you will only be wiser than you were before! And being wiser will make you an exemplary practicing thinker!
Do not limit your mind to options that you have explored before. Do not let your mind run on autopilot. You are a human being; you need to stay alive and creative to grow. How will you grow as a person, as a human, and as an entrepreneur if you have limited your mind resources? Your mind needs to feed on your creativity.
Once you have mastered the art of controlling your mind, questioning, being more diverse, you mustn’t let your mind handle you subconsciously. Be a little creative when doing little things. Do something different in your day. You will see that your mind will get more fresh, and you will get a hint of excitement inside you.
Be creative when it comes to making decisions that you have to make every day, like choosing the route to home or cooking. You will see that you became a healthy soul and, thus, a healthy thinker!
Sometimes we make decisions according to our instincts, without actually going through a proper thinking process. Other times, we involve our heart in them. However, making decisions through your heart and your instincts does not allow you to make them. However, to avoid these, we can incorporate universal intellectual standards in our lives. It will make our understanding better of the situation and just being able to communicate better and make better life decisions.
Here in this article, you will learn about the universal intellectual standards that will not only make you smarter, but your communication and decision-making skills will improve too!
When a statement, assumption, or just a conversation is unclear, you can hardly understand it and cannot take it forward. You will see that when you make vague statements like, ‘What can be done about this?’ or ‘What are your educational standards?’ the other person you are talking to will have a hard time unveiling the true meaning of your questions. However, if you’re more clear about whatever is in your mind, you will see that the conversation will be unending and exciting.
When you want to make sure that people understand you, your questions, and your statements, you will notice a change. They will start to think better and will have a clearer view of your thought process. Hence, they will not only be more clearer with their words, but you will also see that your collective learning will be great. So, you will see yourself achieving the one most basic and most accessible universal intellectual standard.
A person can have one universal intellectual standard and fail at having the other one. Likewise, a person can be straightforward, but they might not be precise. Precision requires you to speak or write the exact amount of data that is supposed to be given. No extra word, and no less term. Just the same amount. It means that you have to communicate the message without providing additional details without taking any extra information.
You need to give the exact details required for the person to understand the situation or your message. For example, ‘there is an 80% chance of rain, so you should pack an extra pair of clothes with you in case you get wet.’ Here you are trying to communicate the weather conditions, and with that, you are suggesting what exactly the other person should do if they are traveling. It is the precise information as per the need.
Accuracy is one of the Universal Intellectual Standards. You will find many people who describe and explain an event in a way it did not happen. They often do it because they have the habit of exaggeration and well other people enjoy the entertainment. Don’t you think it becomes a kind of gossip when you exaggerate an event or a piece of information? Well, it sure does become unreal and inaccurate.
Don’t you want information that is not forged and is faithful? For that, you will have to make sure that you communicate the correct information in the same form you witnessed it or received it. You might find exaggeration entertaining, but it will make you lag in your thought process. Your thinking should be reliable and free of any errors that might be questioned in the future. Don’t be a part of the Chinese whisper of you want to attain the universal standards of intellect!
When your story or your information is relevant, it means that all the data included in it is essential and is needed. It means that you have not included any data that does not require to be mentioned. It would be best if you focused on what is needed to be said. Adding more data that does not need to be focused on will only waste your time.
At times, you might find yourself working on significant projects and not succeeding with flying colors in the end. There is a high chance that even though you have given your 100% and have worked hard on it, you got distracted in the middle, and the data you had produced was not relevant.
To achieve this universal intellectual standard, you need to make sure that the data you provide is related to what you have previously discussed. You can make sure to do this by going over it from time to time and reviewing it again.
Your statements and arguments can be relevant, accurate, clear, and precise, but they might not be deep. Adding depth to your data will help you unlock complexities and will help you explore to the core. Your argument should include the emotional value and the facts to create depth, and you will notice that making your point gets much more accessible.
Moreover, to cater to this academic standard, you need to deeply cater to all the complexities in your questions and arguments. Yes, this might seem not easy initially, but with time you will surely learn the deal. You need to address all the complicated situations and the questions and make sure to understand them deeply.
What is even an argument without logic? Logic is also accounted of Universal Intellectual Standards Can you even believe a statement or an accusation when there is no logical reasoning supporting it? Make sure that your argument is reasonable. The argument should be achieved by rational thinking and should be followed by evidence.
You need to critically evaluate your thinking and reach a point where you convince yourself with logic. You will see that it will not be hard to convince other people about your topic once you have convinced yourself.
We will tell you about a trick that will help you gain this universal intellectual standard. You can start to make sense of things step by step. You will see when you start taking things step by step and not all at once, you will not only understand them better, but you will logically evaluate them too!
Are you here to seek help in exploring your inner self? Are you here to understand how your mind works? This article will help you go through the basics elaborating the different functions of the reason that allow you to think, feel and desire.
In the second part, we will focus on the different types of minds we have and help you understand how they work and how you can make their best.
Before we discuss different types of minds we will see functions of mind.
3 Functions of the Mind
What do you think your thoughts are? Are thoughts the data your mind feeds into your brain? Or are thoughts the way your mind processes the data that you’re given? Thoughts are everything that comes to your mind. Be it information or even a silly joke. Everything that goes in your mind is your thoughts.
Thinking is the part of the mind that makes sense of everything; it figures things out about your life events and anything near you. The brain tells us what is going on and what is happening around us through our thoughts. The mind makes us focus on the small details, interpret things and then make decisions through the thought process.
Thinking controls your feelings and your emotions. It decides how you’ll react to the things happening in your life and what measures you’ll take to fix the problems around you. At this point, you have learned that your thoughts control your emotions; however, our question to you is, do you manage your thoughts? Or are your thoughts preventing you?
The environment around you motivates you to produce thoughts in your head. The reflections create feelings. These feelings help you determine if your life events are positive or negative. If you have positive emotions, then you feel happy or excited. But if you have negative thoughts that lead to negative feelings, you are bound to get depressed or sad. You can evaluate what exactly you are feeling through using the words “I don’t feel so good,” “Things aren’t going so well for me,” “I am excited.”
Do you see how one function of the mind controls the other part of the reason? How your thoughts lead you to have feelings. Even when you feel numb, you think. You will see that feeling genuinely determine how your day would be spent. If you will have a bad mood all day, or if you will have a good mood. Surfaces form a bubble around you and decide what kind of energy you will be producing in the day. Will you be producing positive energy or negative ones?
Desires are your wants and your wishes that you want to fulfill. They are not for someone else, and they are your wants that you wish to all to yourself. Your desires can be anything; love, power, vengeance, family, education, money, lust, status, social contact. Your wishes are the everyday actions that you want to the extent that they become your need sometimes.
Have you had desires that are so strong that they become your need? Like something you have wanted all your life, and after fighting many battles, you finally won it, but now you cannot let go of it.
Having desires is healthy. They make you competitive and give you life goals. They motivate you every day to get up and conquer the world—the world that you want for yourself. However, sometimes, your desires get the best of you. Sometimes you desire something so much that they make you do wrong and evil things. You cannot differentiate between right and wrong and, well, create problems for yourself and others.
It would help if you had the wisdom about when to stop going any further and know when to stop calling off your plans. Just ask yourself; are you harming anyone and, most importantly yourself? If you are, you need to stop and start thinking about healthy ways to fulfill your desires.
The conscious mind defines all the actions and the thoughts that we have when we are fully awake and aware of our surroundings. You are most familiar with this mind state. Right now, your mind is consciously aware of what is happening. You are reading this article.
Apart from this, anything you do in your day when you’re awake and aware comes from a conscious mind. When you smell something or when you eat something. What clothes do you decide to wear when you go out. Your conscious mind does everything you do. This function of the mind operates all the time and never gets tired. However, at some point in the day, you shift your mind function to the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is more like an auto-pilot. It is defined as all the automatic actions and reactions we can think of. E.g., if you’re lost in your thoughts, and you’re coming home from your office. You will see that sometimes, you are so lost in your thoughts that you do not remember the route you took and how you even got home. Well, you drive from your office to home every day, and that route is recorded in your mind. Your mind knows the course like the back of your hand. So, even though you are not paying attention, your subconscious mind is active, leading the way to your home.
Isn’t it amazing how the function of your mind leads you to do your chores daily? How can you subconsciously drive a manual car without even focusing on the gears and the clutch? How can you perform your daily tasks without even focusing on what you have to do?
From three different types of minds, The unconscious mind is the most exciting mind state. They are the memories that you have been holding on to. Or emotions that you cannot let go of. However, they are the events that you have experienced but cannot remember. These memories can be the one of the first time you ever spoke or when you learned to walk. No matter how much you try, you cannot remember these memories.
Do you think your unconscious mind shapes your personality, or is it like the other functions of the mind, operating to help you get through your day? We believe that the memories that you have experienced in the past and somewhat suppressed shape your mindset and personality in a way that you do not even understand yourself.
However, if you want to get to your unconscious mind, start questioning the different habits you have. Do you even know where you adopted them from?
These are three different types of minds mentioned above.
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What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘disciplined thinking’? What is the first thing you note on hearing this phrase? Disciplined thinking is not a big word that we are not familiar with. We don’t pay proper attention to it. First of all, we need to understand the terms that form that phrase mean, and they are Discipline and Thinking.
Defining these two words would give us an insight into the task at hand. According to the dictionary, discipline means the quality of being able to behave and work in a controlled way that involves obeying particular rules or standards. Thinking means to ponder, evaluate and analyze something in one’s head. Discipline might also mean self-control or self-restraint.
STRONGHOLDS OF DISCIPLINED THINKING
Disciplined thinking doesn’t just happen. And it is an intentional and desperate act. It hangs on some key things which are vital. We will be discussing this shortly.
To be able to make disciplined thoughts, you must be self-confident. When you become confident in yourself and in the things you do, you feel good, and that good feeling builds your confidence. Disciplined thinking requires you to make some solid decisions, and without self-confidence, you won’t be able to do that. When you respect yourself and don’t look down on yourself, people will not look down on you. This can be seen in how you interact among colleagues and other people in the environment, your choice of words, restraint of some extreme jokes and play, and how you handle fights and conflict. Someone who sees himself or herself as mediocre will not make a quality, decisive and disciplined stand when the need arises.
This refers to how we relate ourselves to other external things that involve decisions and firm stand. It means recognizing and exercising choices that move us closer to our goals or makes them easier without losing our self-importance. It can also suggest opting for options, among numerous others, that will help us sustain standards and make our tasks more manageable. One who is not disciplined in how he or she does things will find it hard to have a disciplined thinking session. An example of this can be seen in someone who talks too much or someone whose decisions are driven by his taste and addictions.
Critical thinking is the ability to think rationally and critically, generate ideas, and analyze them to get the best results. Another stronghold of disciplined thinking is critical thinking. It explores and evaluates a situation and brings a better approach to solving it. A disciplined thinker is expected to make good decisions and cannot be done without critical thinking. Critical thinking puts a disciplined thinker in the driving seat of a situation.
Moreover, disciplined thinking cuts across all areas of life. Everyone needs it irrespective of position; as a leader, follower, or individual working towards achieving their goals. Disciplined thinking starts with the personal desire to get the best out of a situation, and it involves a strong mindset and energy.
TRAITS OF DISCIPLINED THINKING
Naturally, a disciplined person is committed. A disciplined thinker is dedicated to his course and wouldn’t allow anything to affect his decisions.
Disciplined thinking is about being able to focus. One is swayed around by ideas and beliefs cannot get a disciplined thought.
A disciplined thinker is goal-driven; they work towards achieving their set goals. Disciplined thinking is not just for thinking sake. It is aimed at achieving one’s goals faster without losing self-dignity. There are ways by which someone might work towards achieving their goals; some are a good way and others wrong. That is why it is included that attaining one’s destination without having to lose self-importance and self-respect.
Disciplined thinking is about positivity. There will be times when situations might not look like how we want them, a disciplined mind stays positive. During this unpleasant period, one might be pressured to make some low-standard decisions or bow to pressure or accept offers from one’s rival, despite a disciplined thinker staying positive.
Instead of wailing and whining about unpleasant circumstances, disciplined thinking remains focused on the solution.
HOW TO ACHIEVE DISCIPLINED THINKING
Knowing yourself is the first step to being a disciplined thinker; you must know what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you don’t, you will do some things pleasant to your eyes but aberration to society. When you realize your strengths and weaknesses, you will discipline that weakness you have and take it over before it starts to dictate your thoughts.
Stay clear of temptations:
To become a disciplined thinker, you don’t test your strength by having your weakness surround you. Remove anything that can distract you from being disciplined. When you do this, you have a conducive environment for development, and you will be able to focus. Do you know the reason why some scientists and great philosophers go to quiet places to think and examine situations? It is to keep them focused.
Set clear and achievable goals:
Disciplined thinking aims to tailor our decisions to make the right and best choices to complete our tasks more manageable. When you don’t set goals (I mean goals that are feasible, not unreasonable ones), you can think of ways you can achieve them.
Develop plans for achieving your goals:
After setting up goals, the next thing to do is develop strategies for achieving them. One thing is to set goals, and another thing is to create plans that will lead you to achieve them. Disciplined thinking will help cut off all the irrelevancies in this plan.
Develop new habits you feel you lack:
I have heard some people say they find it difficult to focus. That is one of the basic patterns one must learn to be able to have disciplined thinking. Check yourself and watch out for drawback habits to discipline thinking, learn and practice them.
ADVANTAGES OF DISCIPLINED THINKING
The importance of disciplined thinking is much greater than the tasks involved. Disciplined thinking gives you inner strength and helps build good character. You will be able to control your emotions and not your emotions controlling you. One of the steps stated above tells us about knowing our strengths and weaknesses. Knowing your weakness and improving on them makes you a better person.
For example, you are the type that laughs and says funny things to make people laugh and brighten a moody environment, but your weakness is you lose your senses at the least of things that should get you angry, and when you lose your temperance, you don’t know anybody again.
This is very bad because you will do regrettable actions if care is not taken. Finally, in achieving one’s goal in life, one needs to be disciplined. A person who is not punished cannot fulfill his or her purposes. Do you find it challenging to be a disciplined thinker? Connect with us at The Black Sheep community today.
Leadership is influence; it means being able to influence others to achieve a common goal. As one of the strongholds of good leadership skills, encouragement leadership provides people (especially followers) the fuel (mental, physical, and psychological) that enables them to hold longer, go farther, and achieve more than they had previously believed. As a leader, the main goal is to lead others to do right, and one of the essential things you will need in accomplishing this is encouragement leadership.
John Maxwell is one of his articles, says that encouragement is 51% of leadership. Leadership entails setting directions, developing inspiring goals, and creating an avenue for people to work and achieve this set goal.
As a leader, an essential part of your position is to breathe hope into people, lift them and help them “discover, rediscover, and believe” in themselves again. These three steps are essential in encouraging leadership; this is because you don’t get to lead solid and accomplished people all the time. You have several individuals who make up your team, with all of them having one or two issues for you to deal with.
There are ones you have to make them discover themselves, some to rediscover themselves, and come to believe that they can do it in a more excellent way than they have been doing. Encouragement leadership is one of the naturally influenced skills a leader must possess; it is not something you decide to do. It is a lifestyle. A leader is looked up to by the followers. Therefore encouragement leadership is not being soft by the leader.
CHARACTERISTICS OF ENCOURAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
The importance of encouragement leadership is a system, or an organization is very large. Typically, encouragers (as an individual or a leader) draw people to them. You must know that drawing people or catching people’s attention is not the goal. It is just a reward to encourage leadership.
As said above, leadership is influence, but how do you influence people when you don’t encourage them to be better people? If you are to put together all the things that make up a good leadership skill without encouragement, it won’t work. Believing in people plus some good management skill makes up a good leader. Encouragement leadership is not only about charisma or personality, and it is natural for good leaders to encourage their followers.
Moreover, when talking about drawing people to themselves, some people could draw people to themselves by enticing them with gifts and help. But on the other hand, good leaders draw people who are not doing so well in life and career, people who haven’t seen anything good in themselves or what they do, especially things that pertain to life.
Another characteristic of encouragement leadership is love. To exhibit encouraging leadership, you need to show that you love regardless. Not every situation or everybody will appear pleasant initially; you don’t know what they can become later. Encouragers have a loving spirit; note that they put others’ situations as their priority, but they don’t love others more than themselves.
This is one of the mistakes people made when they talk about encouraging and showing love. They try through the thick and thin and even putting their lives on the line to make things work for some people; in most cases, this is not advisable. In this kind of situation, you must do everything you have in your capacity to help and not put your life (especially your health, at-risk).
Another essential characteristic of encouragement leadership is commitment. Loyalty and commitment are enough to make people yield and follow you. They are committed to their course, purpose, goal, and career. A person who is frivolous and lacks committing spirit cannot encourage people. What will such a person tell the followers? How will he teach what he doesn’t have or know anything about? People will not trust or take a disloyal man seriously.
Notable characteristics also include willingness always to want to help others, calm ability to calm bad situations, and so on. Encouragement leadership can come from anybody regardless of position. For instance, it might be a coworker who has these skills and is always willing to help others. You don’t have to hold a post before you can encourage people. In no time, you will become a mentor to people.
HOW TO EXHIBIT ENCOURAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
Things don’t just happen; some items are done that make them happen. We will be looking at ways by which encouragement leadership can be done. This means that in any of the methods listed explained below, you can exhibit encouraging leadership.
Watchfulness shows awareness; it shows that you are observant of the happenings around you. Your encouragement will carry more weight when it is specific, and this can only be done when you are watchful. In encouragement leadership, you have to watch and study individuals. You don’t only protect them but pay attention to details about them.
When this happens, you will have a deep understanding of them, and the people you are dealing with will be surprised that you know so much about them without telling you anything. When you are watchful, you will be able to make quick interventions when necessary.
Words of advice
Words of advice and encouragement from a more significant percentage of encouragement. Words spoken can go a long way in the life of an individual. It won’t stop ringing in their ears. It could also come as words of guidance and mentorship that will help a man shape his life. Words are golden; a word of encouragement can lighten up someone’s mood and catalyze them to do better things. I have heard from people who practice encouragement leadership that comments help revive people than any other encouragement means.
Even after they had forgotten that they said some words at some particular time, people still come back to them to share testimonies of how their terms had changed their lives some years back. When you speak to them, you choose your words carefully because you are trying to bring them back to life, encouraging them to want to do more, opening their eyes to see positives, bringing up the potentials in them, and many more.
As a leader, your lifestyle speaks more about who you are. In some cases where you don’t have the opportunity to talk to some people, your lifestyle can do the talking. As we have said earlier, encouragement leadership is not something you pick on a to-do list. It is a lifestyle that is aimed at being a better person. If your words and lifestyle do not correlate, encouragement becomes very hard because people won’t take you seriously.
There are times when other people will want to encourage some weaklings that they will refer to you and your lifestyle to promote such person. You must know that an encouraging leadership lifestyle cannot be faked or acted upon. It is something that must be done without stress.
Another necessary means of encouragement leadership is giving. Investing and showing belief in someone’s dream is what somebody needs as encouragement. We have seen examples of people who have zeal and ambition but they lack financial support. Giving money and necessary financial support to capable and ambitious hands is also an essential means of encouraging leadership. There is an adage that says, “You can’t be stingy and expect respect.” It is not by chance or a matter of doing that most of the world’s wealthiest people engage in a philanthropic act; they do so to earn respect.
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