Most people don’t learn how to think
I’m not trying to be smart — honestly. In this podcast with Aaron Mooar, we discuss how people think, and what little understanding we have about our thinking processes. We talk about the Inside Your Mind workshop, including why I developed the course.
We’ve been programmed with ‘what’ to think, but not ‘how’ to think. Our parents, teachers, peers, media, etc. all help to programme our brains as we grow up. This programming isn’t necessarily sinister — it’s just part of life and learning. Knowing how to think helps us break free from unhelpful programming. It expands our freedom and gives us more options to live our best potential life.
Why a training course?
Rather than just coaching people and helping them resolve specific issues, Aaron asked why I also facilitate training courses. Attending an Inside Your Mind workshop gives you a better understanding of thinking processes, and how yours might differ from those around you. You discover how thinking works and how to change any unhelpful ‘programming’ that is not leading you in the direction you want to go.
Participants have an opportunity in the classroom situation to change some aspects of their thinking, and to notice how those changes affect them.
We perceive the world through our five senses
However, we all filter the incoming information differently. We delete, distort and generalise incoming information according to our values, beliefs, memories, language, etc. The residue from these filtering processes forms our ‘map’ — or our perception — of reality.
Unfortunately, some folk believe their map IS reality — that everyone experiences life in the same way. The Inside Your Mind course clearly demonstrates how this is not the case, and opens your mind to other ways of thinking. It helps change our perceptions of ourselves and others.
A key aspect of the course includes differences in how people think about time — and how that affects their behaviour. Variations in time processing can create massive problems and misunderstandings in personal and work relationships, and our understanding of others’ behaviour. The way we code time can also affect our stress levels.
Aaron relates his experiences of having lived in a Pacific island culture where the inhabitants perceived time differently to their overseas visitors. The visitors were attempting, unsuccessfully, to bring some structure to the islanders’ work life.
How to think differently
You’ll also learn about the difference between Global and Specific thinking patterns, and how these distinctions can cause misunderstandings, frustration and communication breakdown!
As usual, there are lots of examples I’m sure you’ll relate to!