Rene Descartes said ‘I think therefore I am.’ As you can see from what we have looked at so far, to be really engaged in your life you need to engage your mind in thinking about what you do, who you do it with and how what you are doing lives up to your beliefs.
None of us like the idea of sleepwalking though our life. Thinking is important. It encourages learning and using our individual skills to resolve our own problems rather than trying to be like everyone else.
There have been great thinkers in our world over many centuries. There are great philosophers, politicians, scientists and mathematicians. There are those who explain how the human mind works, how groups behave and how to design clever things such as spacecrafts, robots and submarines. Neuroscience is discovering more about our brains, how they work and the potential for change.
We need to trust ourselves to believe we can solve our issues. So many people have been told they are no good that they no longer trust themselves, which means that they are always looking outside themselves for their answers. In my work as a counsellor I try to help people in growing their self-esteem and confidence so that they can trust themselves. It takes time, mostly undoing all the negative comments they have received in their life to date, but it is possible.
Could you be making more of your capacity to think? Are you continuing to develop by learning new things? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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