Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How to Leverage Critical Thinking for Transformative Actions

To think critically, it is first maturing and distancing a bit from self, no matter what level one lives at on Maslow's hierarchy

Either in our personal life or professional life, besides daily routines, there are crucial points for transformation, in which we need a mind shift for radical changes. What do you see as the spark within each of us that when ignited passion inspires us out of a routine? Is it the spark of adversity from the lower levels of Maslow's hierarchy or the spark of creativity from the top? Do you agree that the agile critical thinking has creativity well embedded? And how can you leverage critical thinking for the transformative actions?

Breaking routine forces critical thinking on a constant basis in order to act. Often, there are two extreme states of thinking: 1) thinking too much (even critical thinking) and 2) thinking too little. It would be good to think critically more often than we do concern our actions. If we don't, half of our life routine part becomes "unexamined" and unnoticed by us. If thoughtful reactions and pro-actions are key to sustainable relationships and innovations, maybe we would benefit from discovering what in our critical thinking moves us beyond thinking and into transformative action, even on the spot. If we can bring what moves us into our consciousness and practice it, maybe we can become more intentional in our actions. if a generic routine implosion is enough to invoke critical thought.

To think critically, it is first maturing and distancing a bit from self, no matter what level one lives at on Maslow's hierarchy. The once non-empowered, but now a high mature and self-directive person will advance and do more that needs to be done. This is what being called transformative actions. It can begin with critical thinking and metathinking (thinking about our thinking). As a result, a person can have a more objective, not personal or subjective perspective on what needs to be done, why he or she isn't doing it, and what it would take to begin. Then perspective rubs together with conviction, which a mature person has, and the passion is kindled. The conviction, which is a willingness, diligence, and dedication to a disruptive action, discovers a path and finds a way to begin. Then it finds a way to continue no matter what. As the disruptive action is repeated, a new channel is opened. The opening of the channel affects everything from relationships to productivity. Everything looks and feels different. The person is different. Empowerment begins. "Yes I can" is said and felt. Agility and resilience begin.

There is only a very small fraction of true critical thinkers who can always dig through the root causes of problems. Critical thinking needs to combine different thinking processes, to gather a mass of information, break it apart and reconstructed with a level of accuracy, projecting futuristic events, numbers, etc., and it’s complex thought processes involving thinking differently, or thinking out of the box, it is about breaking the rules that have been created through experience. So experience is inside the box. critical thinkers live out of the box. Problem solvers who can leverage critical thinking are always chasing root cause.

Life is a journey with ups and downs, and a few crucial points for transformation. We need to choose to continue to learn, grow and empower people to learn and grow too. There comes a time when we each have to hold ourselves accountable for our own thoughts, belief, and actions. Whatever life throws at you, it can be modeled as a descent on the Maslow scale. Figure out where you are on that scale and how to transform to the next level.


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