Wednesday, November 20, 2013

No-Nonsense Approach to Thinking

Thinking (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)
by Joe T. White

1. No one knows for sure where the 10% brain usage ideas came into play.

We do know that Albert Einstein referred to it.

Harvard Psychologist William James taught that the average human being only used a small percentage of the brain.

The Scientific American and several respected publications refute that idea and show that nearly 100% of the brain used in some form or fashion, with 45% being a regular activity.

Even sleeping, as much as 10% of the brain is functioning.

2. What is thinking can be answered in various ways. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as; "A way of reasoning; judgment." Thinking is something that all of us do in our own way.

Unfortunately, many people react rather than think. It is easier to respond to a situation than to stop and think about it. When faced with a situation we can respond or think about it. If we think about it, we can usually find a solution. If we respond, we often act irresponsibly.

3. When do we think? Unfortunately, not enough! There are many different times that we can think. If we are in a classroom, that is an opportune time to listen AND think. If we are facing a life-threatening situation, there may not be time to think.

If we are facing a choice of what car to buy, we should think about BEFORE we go shopping, then stop and think about it BEFORE we sign the papers. Contrary to popular belief, thinking while driving is not a smart plan as your attention should be on driving.

4. Where to think is one of the most essential things about thinking. It is best if you can get a quiet place. Perhaps in the office with the door closed. Maybe a walk in a peaceful park.

I usually turn on smooth, instrumental music, sit with my laptop, and think. The where is as essential as the when or how.

5. How to think does not require rocket science. For the most part, it means shutting out distractions. It may require a pencil and paper to make notes. It may require you to close your brain down to reflect on the problem before actually thinking about it.

Far too few of us spend quality time in thinking. I always think about an issue before I write about it. I make notes and ponder ideas, giving myself time to think about the people who will be reading what I am going to write.

Thinking should become a way of life for us, but it should be "No Nonsense," or not rocket science.

I have suffered heartbreaking setbacks and have had some wonderful successes as well. I have written over 25 books and over 100 E-Zines. From life experience, schools, and research I have gained a wealth of knowledge that I like to share. My personal website is:

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