The essence of success begins with a critical thinking mind…
Do you recall what Confucius favourite saying “If you give someone a fish, they eat for a day. If you teach some to fish, they have fish supplies for the rest of their lives.” This may not be accurate in today’s context, some of you may well aware that the water nowadays are most likely be contaminated or the offshore is seized for development. Therefore acquiring such a skill may not suffice. An additional phrase need to added in to cater for current situation that if you teach someone to think critically and be politically conscious, then they can organize with their peers and stand up for their interests whatever they encountered with challenges.
You may then ask what is ‘Critical Thinking’ skill? How it can help you of taking charge of your professional and personal life? Well, critical thinking is about becoming a better thinker in every aspect of your life: in your career, consumer, parent, friend, business associates and lover. Basically is to discover the core skills of effective thinking; then analyse your own thought processes, identify weaknesses, and overcome them. Learn and grow in every aspect of your life. Eventually learn how to translate more effective thinking into better decisions, more happiness, greater wealth and above all, to pursue the most important mission in life.
First, we must realise and recognise that most of us are not what we could be. We are much less that our initial created capacity. This is because most of it is dormant, undeveloped and untapped. Improvement in thinking is just like any other skill. It is unlikely to take place in the absence of a conscious awareness and commitment to learn. Sad to say, we take our thinking skill for granted, we don’t even do the necessary to enhance and polish it. Development and improvement in thinking requires a gradual effective process to learn. It is not possible to become an excellent thinker simply because one wills to do so.
“From now on, I will not allow my inner peace to be disturbed by any circumstances caused by any event or people outside of my control. I will only hold myself responsible for what I have said and done.” – James Oh
Whether someone says something rude or does something that’s inappropriate, I must tell myself that these actions reflect on who they are. I will not waste my precious time to argue with them unless they are willing to listen. I rather use this time for other fruitful task. Time to me is precious and I rather spend my precious time to pursue something most important in my life. The lesson I learned is never irritated by matters that beyond your control. So, why not take advantage of time we normally waste by practicing your critical thinking during that otherwise wasted time? Never allow those negative thinking frustrate you or drain out your energy un-necessary. Ask yourself if you had to repeat today what would you do differently? Why? Did I do anything today to further my long-term goals? What would you accomplish something worthy if you spent daily this way for your past years?
Is this the way you handle it? Or do you ever get worked up, frustrated or bothered? I know that it is very easy to get distracted by the wrong things and other people’s inappropriate behaviour. Worst still, they may pass comment not appropriate for human being. However, you don’t have to mind their business, especially if they are adults. Just pray for them, that is the best you can do. Do not enter into their trap and lower yourself. I decided to share this technique with you today because it has been truly helpful to me. It keeps my inner peace, no matter what is happening around me. Staying focused on what I dreamed or destined to be is far more important for me. Always remember that we are the captain of our hearts and souls. There’s nothing better than maintaining my inner peace. It keeps me feeling cool, focusing on the goals, and moving in the direction I set for myself. Wouldn’t you think it is more useful to utilize our precious time?
By keep moving forward, your voice will eventually being heard and more organizations will come in to support your noble idea with greater impact.
You can then leverage on other’s strengths in achieving your collective objectives. Such a healthy collaboration will definitely accelerate the growth of your ventures. To achieve such profound result, we need to take more actionable plans, more extensive innovations and more creative initiatives in every aspect to make our goals happen. Mare Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com states, “it is my job to take our initiatives for positive social change and invite all of our partners and consumers to participate in making it bigger and, ultimately, more impactful.”
As the saying goes, energy flows where intention goes. I must now direct all my energy towards achieving sustainable value creation in serving our communities and planet. With this, I urge more parties to join us in achieving this noble goal. Time is against us and we need to act fast and massive to reverse the damages we have done. As far as I am concern, I keep publishing my financial articles in magazines such as Smart Investor, Financial First and Money Compass. Keep spreading both offline and online to reach out larger magnitude of people. I strongly believe that you will reap what you sow. You will realize that you will receive unwavering support if the solutions you offer is of noble ones.
BEGIN WITH THOUGHTS
Everything we do is caused by our thoughts, and the way we think!
James Oh is a financial, wealth and mindset specialist, thinker, leader and intensive researcher with nearly 30 years of professional working experiences in various industries such as trading, construction, aviation, movies investment and distribution. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or jamesoh2003.blogspot.com