The wonder mindset is all about curiosity, digging deeper, turning things inside out and upside down to find the ‘real’ meaning (for you).
The problem with the world today as I see it is that we are all a little too smart for our own good and we haven’t quite mastered the art of our own systems. We marvel at the technology we hold in our hands but forget to tune into our own thinking and our own hearts. We are quick to judge and quick to think we know. But how much do we really know and how conscious are we in understanding self and understanding what we REALLY think (and feel).
Years ago on my quest to understand intelligence, how people learn, complex problem solving and thinking – I came across a lot of amazing resources to understand logical, creative and abstract thinking.
One of my absolute favourite authors on the power of logical thinking, is Marilyn Vos Savant – Marilyn is an American magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright. She was listed as having the highest recorded intelligence quotient in the Guinness Book of Records, she isn’t just benchmark smart however… she is wise. She took the time to understand that:
“To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe. Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. Success is achieved by developing our strengths, not by eliminating our weaknesses.” – Marilyn Vos Savant
Today’s quest is understanding JUDGEMENT.
the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.“an error of judgment” – synonyms: discernment, acumen, shrewdness, astuteness, sense, common sense, perception, perspicacity, percipience, acuity, discrimination, reckoning, wisdom, wit, judiciousness, prudence, canniness, sharpness, sharp-wittedness, powers of reasoning, reason, logic– an opinion or conclusion.“they make subjective judgments about children’s skills”– a decision of a court or judge.“the Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Alberta Court of Appeal”
a misfortune or calamity viewed as a divine punishment.“the crash had been a judgment on the parents for wickedness”
Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you felt judged? When was the last time you judged? Were you making a sensible conclusion? Or was it a snap judgement?
A few years ago in a rant on facebook, I said “MOST JUDGEMENT is like data analysis without all the data… please gather some more data before you draw the graph… otherwise it is statistically irrelevant”….
What I mean by this is… when we make subjective or objective judgements – we are still doing so with a hell of a lot of inbuilt assumption, bias and well – there really is no other way to put it, our data quality is a bit shit.
So how can we open our minds and transform our consciousness?
By being better scientists.
I talk about WONDER a lot, I also talk about fun WOO WOO stuff too – but in my heart I am a scientist. I am an obsessively curious wonderer who enjoys collecting data and trying to understand the heart of whatever quest or problem is at hand – but I wasn’t always this way. I was guilty of making snap judgements, coming to conclusions without all of the data, collapsing particles into a reality without all of the insights…
You see, a lot of scientists fall into black holes when they go hunting or on a quest… they go researching and collecting data and sometimes never return. The art of great science is about creating awesome experiments. When we have a hypothesis; aim, apparatus, method and conclusion – we can run quick and high quality experiments that will give us something valuable – whether that is an insight, another idea for another experiment or a full blown validated hunch…
Poor judgement is just lazy human experimentation.
So my quest for you this week:
USING YOUR WONDER MINDSET TO BETTER UNDERSTAND JUDGEMENT
- What are you being judged for right now?
- What are you judging others for right now?
Now… go and gather some data…
Hypnothesis: My hypothesis is that the thing you are being judged for or you are judging others for is incomplete in some way and the data is incomplete or flawed.
Aim: Your aim is to gather more data (through communication, conversations) to understand more about the problem, is that the real problem? Is there something bigger at play?
Apparatus: You may use your mobile phone, social media networks, human networks and inner wisdom
Method: Get curious – ask questions, share with people “I am on a quest to understand why I feel judged about this or why I judged that…”
Conclusion: Share your findings….
Looking forward to hearing how you go with this mission.
Your Wonder Conductor xx