Individual Development Plan Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is a term over used and over complicated in the Acadamic arena but it is a skill needed in many areas of your life.

In fact, critical thinking is a highly advantageous skill to have when you’re living in the bush, holidaying in another country, or dealing with a pre-menstrual woman. (I’m a woman so I can say this).

Many leaders in all cultures are well-known for their critical thinking skills. Indigenous Shamans know the skill of critical thinking, but they also use their intuition and gut feeling.

What is Critical Thinking?

Google a definition on critical thinking and it’s a long winded definition about “skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information”.

When you’re a critical thinker you’re not led blindly by what people tell you. You investigate the facts, consider it’s benefit to you and others, you don’t believe everything you hear on television or the media, and you certainly don’t believe what you read or hear on Facebook, YouTube or even on blogs….. you think for yourself!

But how can the every day person use critical thinking in every day life as a powerful personal development tool?

AHA! That’s the key question, isn’t it?

Critical thinking can be use for self improvement and personal development.

When I work with a client in Life Coaching, or otherwise called Personal Development Coaching, we usually do a brainstorm by asking a variety of questions from different angles and through this process both the client and myself have a wholistic perspective of their situation and where they want to go.

If you want to do this yourself simply get a large piece of paper and write down your goal or problem in the centre of the paper and put a circle around it. Next, ask yourself a variety of questions: Who, What When, Where, How and How Else and Why. Then, try to see the goal or problem through someone else’s viewpoint such as, “What would your best friend say?”, “What advice would your Mother give you?” “What would Oprah Winfrey say about this?” and so on.  Then, try to put TIME on it… remove time… play with different locations, environments, people, etc. And of course, solve any problems that may arise… write the possible sabotaging problems down and their solution. Just keep going and brainstorming and critical thinking. You might also like to put on the 6 Thinking Hats for different perspectives.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

What Kind of Thinker are You?

You are what you think. Whatever you are doing, whatever you feel, whatever you want—all are determined by the quality of your thinking. If your thinking is unrealistic, your thinking will lead to many disappointments. If your thinking is overly pessimistic, it will deny you due recognition of the many things in which you should properly rejoice.

Think Critically – to enhance your effectiveness in every part of your professional life

The world gets more complex every day. There is only one way to cope – through command of your mind. Thinking more effectively gives you greater control over your life, helps you deal better with adversity, and, believe it or not, transform more of your dreams into reality. Effective thinking is no mystery. It consists of practical skills anyone can learn, practice and improve. Critical thinking offers those skills to anyone willing to do the work to acquire them.

Learn to Make Better Decisions through Critical Thinking
To live is to act. To act is to decide. Everyday work and life are an endless sequence of decisions. Some of the decisions are small and inconsequential, and some are large and life-determining. When your patterns of decision-making are rational, you live a rational life. When your patterns are irrational, you live an irrational life. Rational decisions maximize the quality of your life and your chances of happiness, successful living, and fulfillment. Critical thinking improves your decision-making abilities by raising your patterns of decision-making to the level of conscious and deliberate choice.

Critical thinking, when deeply understood, enables you to take control of the thinking you are doing in every part of your life. It enables you to solve problems more effectively, make better decisions, as well as recognize pathological and manipulative thinking.

Using the resources listed here you will learn:

  • Practical skills for thinking more clearly.
  • How to use your mind to achieve your goals and enhance your life.
  • How to analyze your thinking and the thinking of others
  • How to assess your thinking and the thinking of others
  • How to overcome obstacles to effective self-reflection
  • How to become more effective in your business and personal relationships
  • Strategies for continuing to develop after you leave the seminar.

 

The following (complementary) articles and pages will help you build a stronger understanding of the core concepts in critical thinking

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Materials for Purchase


We have created a Personal and Professional Life bundle and supplemental Thinker's Guide Set to help you learn, internalize and apply the tools of critical thinking in every part of your work and life.  They are best used in conjunction with one another.  Both the bundle and thinker's guide set contain materials relevant to professional and personal life at a savings to the individual item cost.

Personal and Professional Life Starter Bundle

There is no more important goal than that of developing your mind, as everything you do in your life is affected by your mind and how it operates. The quality of your personal relationships is affected by the quality of your thinking about those relationships.The quality of your work is affected by the quality of your thinking about your work. To take command of the thinking that controls your life, you must cultivate your intellect. The books and materials in this bundle provide a starting place.

•    106B: 30 Days to Better Thinking and Better Living Through Critical Thinking
•    595M: Analytic Thinking, 2nd edition
•    103B: Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional & Personal Life - Second Edition
•    200SB: Laminated Card Set: Critical Thinking for Business (set of 4)
•    570M: The Human Mind, 4th edition (revised and expanded)
•    520M: The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools, 7th edition


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Personal and Professional Life Supplemental Thinker’s Guide Set

These Thinker's Guides are available through electronic license for educational institutions. Faculty and administrators - email cct@criticalthinking.org to inquire.

There is no more important goal than that of developing your mind, as everything you do in your life is affected by your mind and how it operates. The quality of your personal relationships is affected by the quality of your thinking about those relationships. The quality of your work is affected by the quality of your thinking about your work. To take command of the thinking that controls your life, you must cultivate your intellect. We recommend that you begin with the Personal and Professional Life Starter Bundle, then supplement the starter bundle with this set.

•    585m: Ethical Reasoning
•    533M: Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery
•    575M: How to Detect Media Bias & Propaganda, 4th edition
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Professional Fields Bundle

For those working in professions, we recommend this bundle for getting started in learning the foundations of critical thinking and beginning to apply them in your particular field. They will need to be contextualized for your specific situation and context.

Bundle includes:
The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts & Tools
The Miniature Guide to the Human Mind: How it Learns, How it Mislearns
The Foundations of Analytic Thinking
The Art of Socratic Questioning
Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life

•    595M: Analytic Thinking, 2nd edition
•    103B: Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional & Personal Life - Second Edition
•    553M: The Art of Socratic Questioning
•    570M: The Human Mind, 4th edition (revised and expanded)
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