Are you free or are you a follower?  Does it really matter? With everything going on in the world, it can be easy to believe what other people say, go along with what they advocate, without knowing the facts for yourself.
Today, my first choice of three key areas that you can focus on to create more freedom, be more productive and have more success in your career, your business, your relationships and your life.  Thinking for yourself!  Yes, thinking for yourself can be hard, and there are ways to do it!
Start by improving your critical thinking skills. In a world that incessantly tries to persuade you, influence you and win you over, to have you follow the crowd or take a certain course of action, the best thing you can do is to think for yourself, examine what you hear, re-examine the things you think and begin to question everything you are told.
And, thinking for yourself doesn’t mean knowing everything, it’s about ..
  • Using your natural talents to decide for yourself what to listen to, how to talk, when to talk, what to think and how to act.
  • Having the unique ability to separate the rubbish from the gold nuggets in the abundance of information available to you, at the push of a button.
  • Making the time to think about the bigger picture, being clear on what you want and focusing your mind on living the life you want to live.
People who know how to think for themselves have strong convictions and beliefs.  They are clear about what is right or wrong for them, they know how to be happy amid chaos.  They are positive people, free and independent.
On the flip side when you stop thinking for yourself, you give up your freedom, you give up control, you can be easily manipulated, you lose your ability to chose, you lose your ability to make decisions for yourself.
So today, three tips to help you to better think for yourself:
  • Create a “reaction journal” and take time out to write about situations that happen, that matter to you. Jot down the situation, then write out how you responded, check out your reaction for any insight it may give you, then write down how you could have responded differently, or how you might respond differently in the future. This has helped me heaps to reflect on what I do in the moment and create other options.
  • Get out into other cultures, meet new people and observe different perspectives, different ways of dealing with the same things we all deal with. This helps me get clear on areas where my thinking has been shaped more by my environment, upbringing and other cultural norms. Areas that I have accepted previously as my own and can now make a conscious decision to think for myself on different topics having seen different ways of thinking.
  • Always check out the opposing opinion/option. I love to do this, whether it is simply in doing further research on a matter or questioning and creating a debate over a topic with friends and acquaintances. The world is full of alternative opinions. Make sure you get input from every side. Give yourself the chance to sort through it all and even learn more on the topic under discussion. Then follow your own instincts and make your own decision.
Do you have the ability and confidence to think by yourself and for yourself?  Are you actively exercising your mind in a positive way every day?
Decisions are made every minute of the day, the million dollar question is:
Are you making them for yourself or are you letting others make them for you?
Are you ready to get unstuck, think for yourself and lead yourself into your own future? Contact me for a discovery session to see how I can help you build your confidence, create change and begin living the business/life you desire.  For more inspiration, motivation, confidence tips and tricks, join my Facebook group Quantum Leap for Women
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