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Explorations and Reflections

on awakening the true self 

  • Writer's pictureMick Scott

Learning How to Think Academically Isn't Enough

Likely all schools pride themselves on teaching kids not what to think but how to think. Teaching students how to think helps them/us creatively solve problems, accurately analyze situations in context, and effectively argue for our perspective.

The unseen gap and limitation in this goal, however, is that "teaching kids how to think" is actually only meant in an academic context. Sooo much more of our lives is impacted in positive and negative ways by thought, and we're never taught the nature of Thought or how to harness it.

For example:

  1. Teaching kids how to think academically doesn’t translate into understanding how our thinking limits our experience and self-expression.

  2. Teaching kids how to think academically doesn’t translate into understanding the limitations of our thinking: rumination, worry, monitoring behavior, inappropriate coping, and complaints.

  3. Teaching kids how to think academically doesn’t include effective strategies for optimizing our creative thinking, limiting ineffectual or detrimental thinking, or seeing beyond our thinking to live fully in the present moment.

Thought is arguably humanity's greatest asset, but most of us never learn to harness the full power of Thought to help us achieve what we're committed to achieving, access the feelings we're seeking, and create a life and a world that matches our deepest and most authentic desires.

There are only three things we ever experience in our lives:

  • Sensations through our 9 senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, sound, temperature, body awareness, and balance)

  • Emotion

  • Thought

Can you point to anything else in your experience that doesn’t fall into one of those categories?

While Thought appears like it’s just one of the three, it actually wields a mostly invisible power to create and affect our emotions, actions, and results. Furthermore, our sensations, the raw data from our senses, are always filtered through thought in a way that obscures them.

As a transformational life coach, I help people access and develop their innate brilliance to have their thoughts and emotions work for them in all circumstances. That’s always the intention behind the genius of being human, but the vast majority of us have never learned where Thought and Emotion come from nor how to experience them with well-being and creativity.

These are crucial lessons missing in our K-12 schools, and this has broad impacts on our individual lives, our culture, and our society. A major part of the challenge is that most teachers have never learned this important lesson either.

This lesson, development, and growth is how we learn to thrive in life no matter the circumstances, and sharing the insight and power of this is my life's work.

Thank you so much for reading. ❤️

P.S. If you're ready to fully experience, love, and use all parts of you in service of living your best life, reach out and let's talk.

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