This one skill can make or break your career. Do you have it?
Critical thinking is an important skill to have in the workplace. Once you’ve had some time to settle into your new position, you must ask yourself some questions about whether or not your critical thinking skills are where they should be. If not, make sure your critical thinking skills are improving.
Here are a few ways to think critically:
1. Ask questions. When you encounter a new idea or concept, ask yourself how it works and what its implications are. Dig deeper to get to the core of the problem.
2. Rely on your own experience and intuition. Do not take things at face value. You should rely on your instincts and use your own life experience to determine whether something is credible.
3. Look for evidence. Find evidence to support or disprove any claim or idea you’re evaluating. Question everything you hear. How could I possibly believe this? Most importantly, be honest with yourself.
4. Ask for clarification. If something is unclear, ask the person claiming to explain it further. Never assume. It could lead to disastrous consequences.
5. Make a prediction. Once you have all the relevant information, try to predict how things will unfold. In doing so, you will gain a greater understanding of the issue.
6. Step back for a moment. Take a fresh look at the issue. Consider things from a different perspective and consider how you might view things differently.
7. Be creative. Consider a variety of solutions to a problem and brainstorm possible solutions.
8. Be persistent. Don’t give up when things get tough. Keep questioning and investigating until you conclude.
9. Be patient. It takes time to think critically about an issue. Take your time to understand everything and don’t hurry.
10. Have fun! The process of thinking critically can be challenging, but it can also be very rewarding. You’ll likely find that you learn a lot from approaching it with curiosity and enthusiasm.
The ability to think critically can help you make better decisions, solve problems, and innovate. It can change your entire life. Remember, you’re in control of you. If you don’t know what is driving you, don’t you think you should find that out, as soon as possible? Like, now?
I think the first step to thinking critically is learning to question yourself. Why do you believe the way you do? Just taking that first step is going to change your life!