Think: Our ability to ‘think’ is truly an evolved ability. However it is an activity that many of us rarely, if at all, indulge in. Many of us keep shifting from one activity to another, we are rushed in our offices, and we are rushed at our homes that we hardly think.
Many of us in our busy lives, typically take a break from thinking. In fact it should be the other way around. We should be taking a break from our busy lives, and think!
We could dwell on our experiences in the past, we could look deeply into our successes and our problems in the present, or we could imagine a wonderful future.
We really need to think to get anywhere in life. Otherwise we would just be automatons. The need to think is truly critical in one’s life.
Reflect: Humans have the unique ability to mentally assess and evaluate things. As we dwell on the things on our actions, motives, hopes or desires the mind can consciously determine whether it is right, wrong, prudent or stupid. The need to reflect on our past actions and the motive behind it is really important as it help us to understand what drives us, what impels us to do better or to do worse. It is not enough to just think, but we need to also reflect. This will enable to perform key course corrections in our life.
Change: So there is dire need to think. Our thoughts must then be accompanied by reflection. And finally we need to change the way we do things. If we just react to external events then we are equivalent to robots or computers which have a direct mapping from input to output.
When we reflect deeply on what caused our anger, what drove us to perform well in a particular assignment, what irritated us about a particular person, what our deepest desires are, we will begin understand some of the key triggers in ourselves.
Once we understand this we can make a conscious effort to control our emotions, to perform even better or moderate our desires more appropriately. We need to change. We need think, reflect and rewire our brains so that we become a better person. We need to become more smarter in the way we handle things.
So … think, reflect and change.