Not something that is easy to do but I thought I would take a couple of post and talk about using some success principals to help you figure out if your thinking accurately…then maybe jump over to something some people call the Cosmic Habit Force. Not going to tell you about that one you will have to read my post for next week.
Ok let’s get back to this post what is really Thinking Accurately? Accurate thinking is based upon two fundamentals…inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning…sound pretty simple right?
I will do my best to explain them…usually inductive reasoning is used when the necessary facts that we’re basing our thinking on are simply just not available, and so in that case we act upon a hypotheses or what we would call assuming the facts to be, but as you know you really never want to assume because how many times have you been told when you assume you make an ass our of me and you…not sure I get that though.
Now my interpretation of deductive reasoning is when we have the facts or at least what appears to be the facts upon that which we can somewhat base our thinking upon…although many times we find our fact are skewed to some degree…yeah!
Let’s take the first stage of what is commonly called accurate thinking. This stage is to do our best to separate the facts from fiction. This is done in an attempt to determine if we’re dealing with hypotheses/guess or actual facts. Once we’ve figured out the actual facts we can then begin by dividing them up into two separate classes…the first being one of important facts and and the second one being that of unimportant facts…
So how do we distinguish an important fact from an unimportant one…good question? Ok an important fact would be any fact that aids us in any way in favor of getting the object of our major purpose or desire, and for a better word let’s say goal, and then all the other facts not relating to this are classified as unimportant facts…see not a tough as it sounds in the beginning.
Now as we all know opinions are worthless or less than worthless and it doesn’t matter if they are good or bad simply because they are not based on facts. Usually opinions are what someone has heard, or been told, which makes them our opinions and ultimately useless. There is a quote of such I think by Theodore Roosevelt that goes something like he was asked for his opinion to which he said…which by the way would be good to learn this and repeat it to anyone asking for your opinion “I cannot answer your question because I have no facts on which to base an intelligent opinion”.
Here are 7 pretty basic rules to follow if you would like to become an accurate thinker.
- Never accept the opinion of other until you have identified the source of their opinion and are satisfied the source is valid.
- Remember that “FREE ADVICE” is usually worth exactly what it cost.
- Be alert when someone is speaking of other in a disrespectful or negative way because what you’re hearing is biased opinions.
- When you ask for information do not disclose what you wish the information to be because most people have the bad habit of trying to please others and may only give you information you want to hear even if they know the facts do not support their opinion.
- Remember anything that exists is capable of being proven and therefore if something is not capable of being proven it’s safe to assume it may not exist.
- Great unexplainable miracles consist in the fact that most truth and falsehood by no means by which they’re expressed and carry with them a silent invisible means of identifying themselves as such.
- Begin as a habit to ask the question(s) how do you know, or how did you discover this, to any statement you cannot identify as truth
Probably the most important thing to remember when making a decision or coming to an opinion is as human beings we tend to allow our emotions to rule our thinking so do as scientist do, and remove all emotions from your accurate thinking.