Thinking traps and trapped thinking

I enjoyed a great post about thinking traps by Luciano at Litemind a little while back.  It mentioned a survey on driving skills where almost every participant rated themselves ‘above average’.

photo by cindy47452

photo by cindy47452

I’ve heard this before.  I’m sure many surveys show the vast majority of drivers consider themselves pretty fantastic compared to most.  If only everyone else could get off the road, it would be okay, huh?

Actually, I don’t think that belief matters much.  What matters is when drivers don’t look to understand when they have made a mistake and then learn from it to become a better driver.

It might still be a porky, but a better attitude could be to say, “I’m a better driver than most, but I’m not perfect and I still need to learn each time I make a mistake”.

This can be said for almost any aspect of life.  It’s tough to admit a flaw, even though everyone’s got them. Noticing a flaw feels like exposing a weakness that will only make us even weaker.  And that’s crazy.

Other people can accuse us of flaws, but that’s not usually helpful (and not always right, either…).  The biggest life changes are up to us.

When you recognise a flaw, you’re already much closer to beating it and becoming a better person. The longer you leave it festering, the worse the flaw can get.  Don’t let it fester, let it out!

One comment

  1. Well said.
    Admitting a mistake is really hard for some people, but it makes you able to improve yourself, as you said.
    It is one of the biggest problems which occurs in the hierarchy on the working floor, people don’t want to make mistakes, or don’t want to admit them. If everybody did admit the mistakes they made, and they were all looking for a solution, companies can grow, and they can grow big!

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