Here’s a strange conundrum for you:
How good are you at introspection?
It’s a strange question, I know. We all think we’re good at it. There are times when we think something and we know why we think it.
As far as we can tell, our minds are transparent and sensible.
But how do you know you’re good at reflecting on your own thoughts?
What could prove to you that you’re skilled at this… and not just thinking you’re effective at it?
How do you know you’re not deceiving yourself?
That’s a tricky question.
But what I’ll offer you is this:
Not an answer to it, but a way to get better at exploring your own thinking.
It’s simple to understand and maybe difficult to apply.
All you need to do is allow yourself to become curious about what you’re thinking.
And why you’re thinking it.
It’s not easy. Our thoughts are familiar to us, so focusing on them can be boring.
And they’re abstract, so paying attention can be difficult.
It’s why so few folk truly spend time with their own mind.
You’ll find it easier when you pay attention to the moment and keep your mind on task. The less you daydream, the more you’ll explore your mind.
And then you bring curiosity to your thinking.
Wondering why you think this and not that, and lingering on it, can tell you a lot about your thinking. The catch is you can’t be in a hurry to find an answer. Answering the question can block your learning.
It’s more important to ask the question and sit with it.
Consider all possibilities.
You’re not running through a checklist – you’re curious. You genuinely want to know what your mind is doing right now.
Whether or not you answer it doesn’t matter.
What matters more is how you approach it.
Because this simple exercise trains your mind to focus more inside, to question everything and to look beyond the surface explanation.
You might feel a flicker of irritation.
When you become curious, you ask yourself why.
And you might get an answer – maybe someone was disrespectful to you.
But is that the real answer?
Surely people disrespect you often – it’s a part of life, especially if you spend time online. Do you always feel irritated when it happens? If not, what makes this time different?
When you’re curious about this sort of stuff once, you’ll ask a lot of questions and not get much from it.
But when you do this again and again…
You’ll begin to see patterns.
Times when you react one way as opposed to another.
Then your curiosity starts to reveal what your mind is actually thinking.
It’s a simple exercise – almost like a form of meditation. And as simple as it is, it shows the inner workings of your mind.
Allowing you to take preventative action. (If you know you tend to make poor choices in certain situations, you can avoid them.)
And who knows – you might find yourself resolving those inner quirks too.
You can begin that simple self-improvement technique now.
And enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.
If you really want to take your mind to new places? To improve more you dreamed possible?
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