The Discipline of Clear Thinking:
- Take time to think though the critical issues and problems in your life. Put aside long, unbroken chunks of time, thirty, sixty and then ninety minutes.
- Sit quietly for 30-60 minutes to think. Practice solitude on a regular basis. “Go into the silence.”
- Whenever you practice solitude for more than thirty minutes, you activate your super conscious mind and trigger your intuition. You get it right from the “still, small, silent voice within.”
- To think better, take a pad of paper and write down every detail of the problem situation you are facing. Sometimes, the right thing to do immerges as you write down the details.
- Aristotle once said that wisdom (The ability to make good decisions) is a combination of experience plus reflection. The more time that you take to think about your experiences, the more vital lessons you will gain from them.
- Go for a walk or exercise for 30-60 minutes. Very often when you are exercising, you will get insights or ideas that help you to think better and make better decisions.
- Talk your situation over with someone else who you like and trust, and who is not emotionally involved. Very often, a different perspective can totally change your viewpoint.
- Always ask, “What are my assumptions?” What is it that you are assuming to be true about the situation?
- What if your assumptions were wrong? What if you were preceded on the basis of false information?
Always be open to the possibility that you could be completely wrong in your current course of action. Be open to doing something completely different.