Set aside strong emotions and make smart decisions

Let’s look at how to improve System Thinking skills so you can take the tools you need to set aside strong emotions and make smart decisions in any situation:

1. Become a Self-Critic

In developing System Thinking skills, the very first and most important step is to become a critic of your thoughts and actions. You can’t grow without self-reflection.

By asking yourself why you believe something, you can break down your thoughts. You need to justify your feelings when you do this by logically analyzing your answer and providing a clear argument that reinforces what you believe. You can stand back and observe how you react to circumstances as you focus on yourself.

During self-reflection, important questions to ask include: Why do I believe this? May I think of examples that proved to be true or false in my life? Am I emotionally attached to that idea? What’s the reason?

The identification of your talents, shortcomings, personal preferences, and prejudices is another component of becoming a self-critic. You can understand why you are approaching certain situations with certain perspectives when you know this information. When you are aware of your point of view, if necessary, you can go beyond it.

2. Listen Actively

It is almost impossible to think and listen at the same time. To become a System Thinker, you need to be able to listen to the ideas, arguments, and criticisms of others while they are speaking without thinking about your answer. If you don’t take the time to listen, you can’t properly comprehend the knowledge that someone is trying to convey.

Hearing enables you to feel empathy. You can understand their stories, their struggles, their passions, and their ideas when you hear someone else’s perspective. Listening actively enables you to understand what somebody is trying to tell you because it pushes the conversation until all parties can reiterate what the others are trying to say.

3. Analytic Knowledge 

At all times, no one considers objectively. Your joy, rage, sorrow, or other feelings are too strong sometimes. Sometimes, you are unable to concentrate on the core issue at hand.

System Thinking demands that the data before you are thoroughly examined, whether it is knowledge in your head or information shared by others. First, evaluate what’s being said to analyze information and make sure you understand it clearly. You can then dissect and evaluate all arguments, including your own.

 4. Communicate Nonviolently

If you are unable to communicate in a peaceful, productive manner, System Thinking is not much help. You must first understand valid logic when responding to and evaluating arguments. You then need to interact productively with the other people involved.

Compassion, reflection, and cooperation are the pillars of constructive interaction. If you approach a situation with empathy, instead of a protective, you approach it with a calm attitude. If you observe, without bias or personal commitment, you will observe your claims and others. Teamwork occurs when everyone approaches the system with a caring, open-minded approach to solving the problem.

5. Create Foresight 

Foresight is the ability to predict a decision’s future impact that is critical to success in all aspects of your life. For starters, your plan to see what the job outlook is and what the area is like when you go elsewhere.

Likewise, it is prudent to analyze the effect of that decision if you are moving a company. Is it going to be too far from some of your talented staff to travel? Are you going to lose customers? What are you going to gain?

Before any decision is made, the potential impacts should be carefully weighed.

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