How critical thinking needs to pervade our lives
Critical thinking, its benefits and why it has become a necessity
Often times we think about critical thinking as some far off concept that cannot ever be understood by the average person.
100% of the times we’re wrong about this concept and often put it off because it “seems” difficult.
100% of the time, critical thinking is much easier to do than you think.
But it involves some work on your part.
It’s like a coffee table from Ikea furniture store: you buy the whole coffee table and the benefits that come with it, but some assembly is required on your part.
Here are 5 benefits of having critical thinking skills and what they can do to further improve your lifestyle:
1) You’ll be able to measure things that matter the most
This has to be the most obvious benefit of the said strategy…
The way you think about things and why you need to measure a few of them becomes glaringly obvious when you take their impact on your life into account.
For instance, how many push ups you were able to do today vs. how many you did yesterday may seem like a trivial matter.
But compounded over time, you’ll come to realize that you measuring your push ups each day will aid you in making informed decisions about your health.
Conversely, not doing so will keep you in a state of guesswork and confusion.
The choice to develop your critical thinking skills is so lopsided in its favor that it’s hard to ignore such a wonderful strategy for your daily activities.
Building on the example of exercising every day…you can also measure the amount of money you have in your bank account.
So that you don’t get any nasty surprises the next time you check your account. You’ll have to measure these things each day.
You don’t have to become a money-obsessed goblin-like creature, but you DO have to think critically about where to invest your money for maximum returns.
You can literally apply this concept anywhere in your life.
We find this approach to be particularly useful when attempting to change a certain aspect of one’s life on a permanent basis.
2) You’ll learn to preload your movements and focus viscerally on your goals more often
The best gift you can give yourself is to be able to critically think about a situation and develop a response about that situation within mere seconds.
Often times, these situations require deep thinking skills, and you should be able to develop these given enough time and practice.
The more you practice to think about your goals in a creative way, the more you’ll be able to think critically (and deeper) about them.
You don’t have to be a genius to figure out what foods to eat to keep yourself healthy and disease free.
But you DO have to put in the work to become healthier every day.
3) Seeing alternative and easier routes becomes almost second nature to you
The more critical thinking skills you develop the more you’ll be able to see problems and their solutions.
You will be more eager to solve these problems rather than shutting yourself out of a possible opportunity to make your life better.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting more from life, hence, you also have to understand what you NEED to do in order to get to where you want to be.
The only real way of doing this is to develop your critical thinking skills in a manner that is most effective and is faster than other more slower methods.
Seeing easier routes and being able to solve your problems faster is a true gift of intelligence!
Hence, not wanting to develop your critical thinking skills is the collective suicide of the mind and physical well-being of the body.
4) Critical thinking skills can grant you some level of oversight in some very limited cases
Oversight is not the best thing for you when you’re looking to launch your business or become healthy.
But you do need to realize that developing the said skills will allow you a lot of leverage over your own life.
Having done so will allow you some oversight over very limited cases.
Such as thinking about what your peers will do next, what your parents and siblings think about you, and what the society thinks of you in general.
This leverage will allow you to develop your game to the maximum potential and become obsessed with the ‘right’ thing to do instead of worrying what consequences it might bring.
5) You’ll unlock the ability to leverage your position more often
Think of developing your critical thinking skills as a tiered approach.
At the lowest tier of critical thinking, you develop a strong sense of right and wrong.
And the highest tier of critical thinking, you can do whatever you want keeping the rights and wrongs in mind – with maximum leverage!
And as Archimedes once said:
Give me a ‘lever’ long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I will move the world.
This ‘lever’ of Archimedes can be thought of as both physical and metaphorical.
In our example, the physical leverage is having wealth of information (knowledge) and money (currency).
Whereas the metaphorical leverage is having moral high ground and the ability to think fast and act fast.
As you might’ve already come to the conclusion that critical thinking skills are of vital importance for, we want you to take a minute and absorb all that information.
Think about what it means to be able to leverage yourself in a brutally competitive world and what contributions you might be able to bring to the table.
Critically thinking in the past, present, and future
In the past, you may not have been aware of your critical thinking skills to a large extent, but that’s fine.
Because you can easily develop these skills in your present by (obviously) starting now.
By starting now, and committing yourself to developing such an essential life skill will make you appreciate life more and would make it infinitely easier to move around the world on pure and righteous intentions.
The future represents your potential and what you can do to develop it further.
You can always do certain things easier and more effectively than you did in the past, but keep in mind that the simplest solutions are often the best ones.
Having said that, these “simple” solutions might not be so easy to implement and that’s where your critical thinking skills come in handy.
What you’ll need to do in the next few hours in order to develop these skills:
- Join a critical-think club or study
- Take inventory of everything that you own and what you want to do with it all
- Take a mental inventory of everything that you need in order to start building your life around leverage
- Develop the ability to think critically by reading books on the subject matter and developing your curiosity
- Develop a taste for knowledge and taking up small-yet-doable projects which can help you develop your skills further
As you can see, this is not a complicated process.
It starts in the mind and then glosses over the physical aspect of what you need to do in order to become a critical thinker.
When you start you’ll find yourself often balking at the fact that you didn’t do this sooner, but that’s okay because that’s how you live and grow.