Making a decision can be a daunting process for many of us.
What’s the hardest thing you have had to decide since you left your family home?
Maybe you went to college and you had to decide what to take and what to leave behind.
Maybe you went right into the work place and you had to find a place to live, open a bank account, and find a roommate.
Maybe you got married to your high school sweetheart and life was suddenly a blur of white, flowers and big decisions.
Maybe you were stuck, stuck with no job, no college acceptance, no love and no future starring you in the face.
All of these examples and so many more all present the same opportunity for you to step out and succeed beyond your wildest dreams!
We have all felt like hitting the snooze button and rolling over and pulling the sheet up over our head and thinking ……today……..just go away….and start tomorrow! Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, so we smash the alarm and roll out of bed moaning and groaning.
What’s missing here?
Well the obvious thing is motivation. Another might be a vision of what your life might look like, if you had a goal or a plan to get you to a place that you have only dreamed of. Another thing might be the ability to sort out what you want and what you do not want in life and a plan to move into the life of your dreams. All of these revolve around our ability to clear the fog, focus, and do something called: critical thinking. Nope, you won’t find it in your college course catalog, nor will you find it in the employee handbook. This is something that you have to learn from someone who knows how to do it.
Critical thinking is the ability to take all the messiness of many different pieces of information and put them into a process that can sort things out so that you can decide what to keep, let go of and to move forward with to get you where you want to be in your life at any given time. Critical thinking puts us in a place where things lay out before us so that we can make great decisions. Yes, it is hard work. That’s where satisfaction and contentment come from. When we do things in a process and are able to take things in and make decisions which match our inner feelings and values and goals we in turn have a very deep contentment about our ability to make choices in our lives and we are at peace.
Where are you today, this hot July day in your life?