All throughout our life, our inheritance has been a series of preconceived notions. These are so ingrained within our subconscious that we easily make assumptions and ironically we don't even realize that we are making them! We simply take some acquired knowledge as facts. Don't rely on the mistakes of the past. Sharpen your own skills of effective Critical Thinking and utilize those skills in everything you do. As a result, you will increase your ability to make quick and accurate personal and professional decisions that will lead to your ultimate success.
Critical Thinking is synonymous with skills necessary to become a master of leadership. With the affluence of information that is easily accessible and the gig's of information's that are available to us that has never been available before, being thorough in validating the information's has become exponentially vital to your success.
Even though thinking creatively is often associated with thinking critically and vice versa, I would for the purpose of this article, make a distinction between the two.
In Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield book, Developing Creative Thinkers (1987), the process of critical thinking is defined as having four distinct purposes:
To coin a phrase, "Critical Thinking is Critical." ; Making decisions based upon erroneous, partially false or incomplete information not only drastically increases the risk of failure it actually guarantees it!
Once we understand all of the variables that do and could affect your decisions, we are in a much better position to make the right decisions because we have concrete evidence on which these decisions can be based. Only with using your critical thinking abilities can we truly understand just what those variables are and as a result we can use them toward our success.
P.S. A well-known psychological test for measuring your critical thinking ability is the Watson-Glaser Critical Appraisal.
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