Our amazing brains are connected to a vast network called our nervous system. This system carries millions of impulses or neurons that are firing off all at once, and are capable of making an infinite amount of connections. The quality of circuitry in our brain can dwarf even a team of the biggest super computers. Our brain can recognize a face in an instant. No super computer can do that yet. Computers have to go through a certain computational formula to get to the point where it can complete its facial recognition process; and that takes time beyond an instant.
So, if our brains have this unsurpassable level of capabilities that are superior to even super computers, then why can’t we get ourselves to do the little things in life correctly? Why do we have trouble remembering how to do our homework, or sometimes, to even do it? Why can’t we always remember to take the garbage out on garbage day? Why can’t we stop doing things that we know are not good for us? Well, some of the answer might lay in the fact that we allow our brains to run on autopilot and don’t consistently think about our thinking.
Socrates believed we should all spend time thinking about what we do and why we do it. So, are we now wondering what creates our own human behavior? Drum roll please… Well, our thinking does, of course! And sometimes our thinking is right on, and sometimes it’s misleading. But, how would we ever know if our thinking was right or wrong if we never stopped to examine our thinking and thus did what Socrates believed was the most important thing of all; examine our lives.
Now teens, go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us. Remember to think about your thinking so that you can live your best life possible, and not blindly fall into some kind of nonproductive rut that’s getting you nowhere fast. And once again, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…
Award-winning author, speaker and educator Dan Blanchard wants you to take a little more time to think about your thinking.