Critical thinking is a helpful approach when it comes to handling issues, making decisions, arguments, and better communication. It can come to you naturally, or you may want to develop it as a skill and habit. Read my blog post for more…
‘Critical thinking is the analysis of facts to form a judgment. The subject is complex, and several different definitions exist, which generally include the rational, skeptical, unbiased analysis, or evaluation of factual evidence. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities as well as a commitment to overcome native egocentrism and sociocentrism.’ – as on Wikipedia
As a self-improvement blogger who shares what I’ve learnt (formally and informally) and through life experiences, I’m pleased to write about this topic for my readers! Critical thinking is a vital skill that you can develop if you don’t already have it. Most important of all, it will support you in many spheres of life, both personally and professionally.
Here are 5 key benefits:
1. Careful consideration
Considering the matter and analyzing things properly are key to having a better quality result. When I find myself pondering about something that I know will have an important impact, I prefer taking a pen and paper to work on my thoughts and collect facts to help me better understand what I need to do. I then make use of what I’ve written down to work on things.
2. Well informed decisions
Certain decisions that you make have more impact on your life than others. Generally, all of them have some significance, however, some could be more crucial, based on the possible consequences. When I write things down to analyze, it supports better decisions as an outcome of the exercise. If I don’t know all the facts, I find them out.
Putting on paper helps to release emotions in the form of gratitude journaling. Jotting down what needs logical evaluation, is also a great tip that has helped me much. While being grateful helps me feel better about what I already have in life, some decisions are best taken by setting aside emotions and taking a more rational approach for the best results.
4. Solve issues
There are various problem-solving frameworks and approaches. They are practical methods that are known to walk you through the steps of careful analysis, evaluation of different options, and finding the best alternative for yourself. I have used such methods and have seen that they bring out the best in me.
5. Better results
There’s no right or wrong way to make most decisions, especially personal ones. However, the quality of them could be crucial to the final result. When I believe that something is serious enough, I do take the time to think critically about it. This also helps to reduce any relevant potential risks as a part of the outcome.
If you already practice critical thinking, then you must have seen the gains that come with it. For those who want to learn and develop the skill, starting now is the best time to do so. Improving communication skills, making better decisions and arguments are vital to success!
Critical thinking is your ally in many areas of life. Use it to your benefit by honing an existing skill, or else, embrace it for the better. Would you like to leave a comment to tell us about your experience? If you know someone who needs to read my article, please share it. Thanks and cheers!