To make this strategy practical, we should create some specific guidelines for ourselves.
For example, we might make ourselves a list of five to ten recurrent negative contexts in which we feel frustrated, angry, unhappy, or worried.
Sometimes we become irritated about matters beyond our control. So why not take advantage of the time you normally waste by practicing your critical thinking during that otherwise wasted time? Did I allow any negative thinking to frustrate me unnecessarily?
Sometimes we jump from one diversion to another, without enjoying any of them. The key is that the time is “gone” even though, if we had thought about it and considered our options, we would never have deliberately spent our time in the way we did.
8) When you act, monitor the implications of your action as they begin to emerge. For example, concentrating on intellectual humility, begin to notice when you admit you are wrong.
Be ready at a moment’s notice to revise your strategy if the situation requires it. Notice when you refuse to admit you are wrong, even in the face of glaring evidence that you are in fact wrong. As time passes, you will notice patterns in your thinking. At the beginning of each day (perhaps driving to work or going to school) choose a problem to work on when you have free moments. It would also be useful to record your observations so that you are forced to spell out details and be explicit in what you recognize and see. Development in thinking requires a gradual process requiring plateaus of learning and just plain hard work. Figure out, for example, what sorts of things you are going to have to do to solve it. As long as we take our thinking for granted, we don’t do the work required for improvement. 2) Study the problem to make clear the “kind” of problem you are dealing with. It would be important of course to take a little time with each question. If I spent every day this way for 10 years, would I at the end have accomplished something worthy of that time?For example, if you are focusing on clarity for the week, try to notice when you are being unclear in communicating with others. Who does he think he is forcing his opinions on me?Notice when others are unclear in what they are saying. Describe what you did in response to that situation. ” By owning your “ignorance,” you can begin to deal with it. Egocentric thinking is found in the disposition in human nature to think with an automatic subconscious bias in favor of oneself.Many of the negative definitions that we give to situations in our lives could in principle be transformed into positive ones.We can be happy when otherwise we would have been sad.