How do you become a critical thinker if you never allow your beliefs to be swayed? How do we change ourselves if our beliefs stay the same? Doesn't change happen when you start to think differently? Think about it. In this world, it feels comfortable to gravitate towards and follow people who only have the same beliefs we do. What's that doing to us? It keeps us farther apart from one another and how's that helping our world?
How do we make a personal change when our inner beliefs go against those changes? The biggest blocks I see in my clients are the beliefs that they hold. Once they change their beliefs, their emotions and actions change, and their lives are better for it.
Become a critical thinker or a free thinker. There's not one person on the planet that I agree with on every subject. That's what makes us all unique. I don't ask you to agree with everything I write, all I ask is that you think about it. See if it makes sense and if it resonates with you.
Be open to listening without judgment to people's views that are different than yours. Not necessarily to change your beliefs but to at least gain more understanding. This is critical thinking.
Don't you think that our world and ourselves will be better if we all used our critical thinking skills a little bit more? Do your research on different viewpoints because if your beliefs never change, how free is your thinking?
Be fluid in your beliefs.
Arathi Ramappa is a certified executive coach, certified spiritual life coach, speaker, and management consultant who helps individuals thrive in life and business. Using the concepts of emotional intelligence, self-compassion, and mindfulness, Arathi has helped clients start their own businesses, develop leadership skills, diminish conflict in relationships, implement positive behaviors, and increase confidence.
Arathi offers one-on-one coaching and emotional intelligence and conscious principles workshops to organizations. She created the EASE approach to help others Explore, Analyze, Strengthen, and Empower their thinking to identify and conquer obstacles to success and change their lives and businesses.
With twenty years of experience in business management coupled with certifications in coaching and emotional intelligence, Arathi’s background as a serial entrepreneur and a veteran in the start-up space has provided her with extensive cross-functional knowledge that she can apply to any situation or client. She has managed teams globally in places such as India, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, Taiwan, Eastern Europe, as well as the U.S., and has worked with a wide range of clients including from the financial, healthcare, cybersecurity, and fashion industries, among others.
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