I have been thinking about thinking!
I am not going mad during this “silly season” – thinking about thinking is actually a thing!
So, let me ask you – what is your thinking like? Are you a naively optimistic type person or are you a doom and gloomier? Or, maybe somewhere in between?
According to a quick google – “thinking” can be a noun (a name word) or an adjective (a describing word).
As a noun, thinking is “the process of considering or reasoning about something.” For example, “the team has some thinking to do before the match".
As anadjective,thinking is“using thought or rational judgement; intelligent”.
For example, "She is a thinking woman".
Words that have a similar meaning are called synonyms. Synonyms for “thinking” could include intelligent, sensible, reasonable, rational, and reasoning.
Therefore, thinking about your thinking is a rational, sensible and intelligent thing to do!
I have been working with students in a busy workplace. There are always challenges in workplaces. Time management, person centred focus (customer focus), the technical knowledge specific to a particular workplace, and people. It is crucial that the student masters their thoughts.
In order to be able to succeed in stressful situations, such as a new workplace, we must be able to manage executive functions such as organisation, planning to follow through on tasks. We must be able to think about how we approach the day? We must think about our thinking.
If you don’t challenge thinking, we won’t change and we won’t grow. Thinking about thinking requires us to be vulnerable. To be vulnerable we must be brave. We must be courageous.
Thinking about thinking is a powerful process. It can change the way you see the world around you. AND as Dr Wayne Dyer says, “when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.
Dr Dyer talks about Self–Defeating ThinkingHabits.
He challenges his clients to examine their own thinking. Here is an example.
Let’s say I am working with you and I can get you to examine the idea or question – what would your life look like if you couldn’t think that thought? Everyone has the same conclusion. When I have really pushed them to the limit with that question, the answer is I would be free. I would be free. Perhaps for the first time. I would be free. And being free… what could be any better than that?
This is called “METACOGNITION”. Metacognition is an awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes.
Google says that Metacognition is "cognition about cognition", "thinking about thinking", "knowing about knowing", becoming "aware of one's awareness" and higher-order thinking skills. The term comes from the root word meta, meaning "beyond".
Metacognitive knowledge can be broken down into three categories:
Those of us who can demonstrate a wide variety of metacognitive skills usually perform better on exams and complete work more efficiently. Metacognitive skills enable us to use the right tool for the job and modify learning strategies as needed. Metacognition helps identify blocks to learning and empower us to change tools or strategies to ensure goal attainment.
Metacognition plays a critical role in successful learning. It is imperative that teachers help learners develop metacognitively.
Thinking about your thinking is a process. Basically, there are three steps.
(Fogarty, R. (1994). How to teach for metacognition. Palatine, IL: IRI/Skylight Publishing.)
WE ALL NEED TO BE OPEN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES.
With the silly season madness and mayhem around the corner (or maybe it is already here!!) it is important to slow down and take a breath. THINK. Be brave enough to be vulnerable. Think about it. Be strong and grounded and think about moving forward.
“Don’t believe everything you think.” Byron Catie