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MISS AMERICA

On September 9, 2018, the Miss America Organization (MAO) will officially restructure its Miss America competition in a move to eliminate gender bias and stereotyping. To begin with, the Miss America event will be referred to as a competition from now on, as opposed to being a pageant. This longstanding decades-old tradition of pageantry is being done away with because the MAO wants to promote reputable ideals of beauty. The MAO board came to the conclusion that pageantry of the past has been too superficial to be held up as a standard of ideal beauty for American society.

From “beauty pageant”, to “beauty competition” but what is the difference and what does it change?

One thing that is different is that there will no longer be a swimsuit competition aspect to the Miss America event. Although Miss America all started as a swimsuit competition in the first place, the MAO board will now ask contestants to wear what makes them feel confident in order to showcase contestants’ own personal style.

Gretchen Carlson, who is a former Miss America crown-holder, now heads the organization’s board of trustees. Carlson said she isn’t worried about broadcast ratings suffering because most viewers enjoy the talent competition more. They also decided to make changes to the evening wear portion of the competition and will no longer judge contestants according to their clothes. Carlson said, “It’s what comes out of their mouths that we care about. ”

What do you think about these changes? Good or bad?

I believe this is awesome! Why? Because they are promoting beauty as internal and I believe that message is very needed in our world today. Women and young girls today are constantly being brainwashed by advertisements everywhere that project unrealistic beauty standards. Females are bombarded with messaging that encourages them to buy everything under the sun just to look beautiful. I do believe our culture has lost true appreciation for inward beauty, and there is much pressure on both men and women to look a certain way. Truth is that even for those that achieve what’s called “beautiful” today, it’s still difficult to feel truly confident or good enough. It’s impossible to count how many people go from using basic beauty products to extreme cosmetic surgery as time goes by.

Realistically speaking, I think removing the swimsuit competition will have an impact on ratings since that was such an integral part of the competition. But I applause the MAO for making this change. I think this transformation can be used to highlight personality, character, and moral values that transcend body image. I think in time they should also introduce some type of a healthy competition where contestants get points for healthy lifestyle habits.

Another thing this change does is that it opens up the Miss America competition to many more women who are filled with greatness to share with the world. Historically there have been so many women who declined to participate due to the social baggage associated with the swimsuit competition. Now that won’t be an issue. Again, I am in total agreement with the changes and give my applause.

I want to close with a word to all women. You are beautifully and wonderfully created by God. You are filled with goodness, wisdom and love. You are more than enough, and for you, all things are possible. May you realize your true power and value. You are light and goodness to the world around you.

Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert

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4 SMART STRATEGIES TO PRACTICE RESOURCEFUL LEADERSHIP

In a perfect world, every leader would have ready access to all the tools necessary to achieve their objectives. However, we all know that dreaded feeling. That knot in your gut when the fact sets in that you don’t have enough to meet expectations. It happens in all areas of life, and business. For instance it can happen when you realize you don’t have enough capital to finance your plans; or when you have to run a department while critically understaffed; or even when you have surplus inventory to sell off, but trickling demand. Dilemmas like these constantly punctuate the experience of leadership, and can cause what seems like insurmountable stress.

If you have difficult goals to meet as a leader, never forget that the power lies within you to overcome and succeed, regardless of the circumstances. In fact, every person in this world has a hidden instinct that specifically makes survival possible in the face of crisis. This instinct is called resourcefulness. If you learn to hone it, you will eventually grow capable of leveling any obstacle that stands in the way of your ambitions. Here are five essential traits of resourcefulness that can help any leader stand firm under the pressure of severe expectations:

1.       Embrace Knowledge and Stay Informed: There is an age-old proverb that says knowledge is power. This argument especially rings true when it comes to exercising resourcefulness. The more you know about the work you do, and the environment in which you function, the more strategically positioned you become to make valuable and efficient decisions. Take every opportunity you can to expand your knowledge whether casually, or through formal schooling.

2.       Nurture Relationships: Being a professional involves more than just practicing technical expertise. It’s about having an ability to work sustainably with other people, as well as having an ability to persuade consumers to trust the brand or product you sell. Both of these processes can only transpire desirably if you build, and nurture, meaningful relationships with others. In moments when you have no choice but to improvise and be resourceful, good connections are often the only way to escape being stranded.

3.       Be Open-Minded: Resourcefulness can be defined as having the ability to solve problems through creative improvisation. By its very definition, resourcefulness is a characteristic that demands ingenuity. It simply cannot be accomplished without a willingness to think outside the box. Turning away from convention can feel excruciating, however there are moments when this is unavoidable in order to solve problems. The more open your mind is to do the unexpected, the more possible it becomes for you to achieve the unexpected.

4.       Be Efficient: Tolerating wastefulness in business is tantamount to driving a vehicle that has a flat tire. The more you do to conserve available resources and prevent misuse, the more you stand to gain from making your assets last. If you can figure out how to think efficiently, work efficiently and consume efficiently, not only will you become able to endure scarcity, you will multiply profits to their highest possible levels as resources become more abundant.

Resourcefulness is a state of mind. It is a deep-seated desire to survive in the face of challenges or resistance. Often all it takes to practice effective resourcefulness is a dose of optimism, and a willingness to be tactical about thinking fast, and acting faster. No matter what trials you may be facing as a leader, don’t throw in the towel just because things are difficult. Search within yourself for the resourcefulness necessary to stand firm, and persevere. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or ! overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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10 EASY TIPS ON HOW TO CRUSH YOUR FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING

We all experience it in our own unique ways. Some of us draw a complete – and total – blank. While others toss and turn endlessly in the middle of the night with dread. Some of us squirm with knots and butterflies in our stomachs. While others sweat profusely in gripping anxiety. Its symptoms might be different from one person to the next, but it stands as one of the most universally shared anxieties in the world. It is the ever so infamous, ever so imminent, ever so petrifying, fear of public speaking.

It’s not as Bad as you Think:

One of the most well-known statistics circulated about glossophobia is the allegation that most people fear public speaking more than death itself. As sensational and astounding as this statistic sounds, did you know that there has never been a single recorded incident of fatality directly caused by speaking in public? In fact, the vast majority of people survive and overcome the jitters that come with public speaking anxiety. Communication Theorist and Forbes Magazine contributor Nick Morgan estimates that only ten percent of people are legitimately paralyzed by fear of public speaking. The remaining ninety percent either relish it, or tolerate it despite being nervous.

Take Charge of Your Emotions:

It’s understandable that fear is an intimidating emotion to experience. However, fear is unique in that it is one of the few emotions that can actually be channeled into constructive behavior. This is because fear naturally activates the fight or flight instinct within us. Faced with these alternatives, always remember that it’s entirely within your power to choose fight. Instead of allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by fear of public speaking, draw from it. Use the agitation it causes to concentrate on the task at hand. Use the apprehension it triggers to be alert. Reset your attitude about your own inherent resilience, and it might surprise you just how capable you are of flourishing as a speaker. Here are ten tips to help you conquer your fear and perform well as a public speaker:

1.       Know your Audience:

Before you address a gathering of people, take some time to analyze exactly who they are, and why they have convened to listen to you. The more formal your speech is going to be, the more important it is to understand your audience and how best to relate to them as you speak.

2.       Practice, Practice, Practice:

The more fluidly you can recite or express the subject matter of your speech, the more effectively you will connect with the people listening to you. Never deliver a speech impromptu unless you have no choice. Practice your timing, practice your delivery, practice your posture and you will reduce the chances of getting frazzled.

3.       Stand Tall:

Remember that public speaking is a simultaneously visual and cognitive experience for an audience. They’re not just there to listen to you, they’re there to see you as well. This makes it important to project confidence in your posture and demeanor, even if nerves have you feeling otherwise. Even if you have to fake it, stand tall.

4.       Focus on Your Topic:

One of the most common mistakes people make when giving speeches is thinking too much about audience-reactions. Dwelling on this aspect of the experience immediately triggers a fear of rejection. On the other hand, concentrating on the details of your topic allows you to tune out the gaze of the crowd and provide what’s important, an articulate message.

5.       Breath:

Be conversational as you address your crowd. People often become so mechanical when delivering speeches that they actually forget to pause between sentences. Don’t become so exasperated that you end up gasping for air during your speech. Forgetting to breath can actually make you faint in the pressure of the moment.

6.       Take your Time:

Public speaking is so excruciating that most people just want to get it over and done with. Regardless of whether or not you’ve practiced your timing, when the big moment comes, slow down and be eloquent. Even if you don’t feel like your speaking quickly, chances are that you’re rushing through it. There’s no harm in compensating for this tendency by taking your time in order to get a clear message across.

7.       Don’t Be Late:

If your speech is scheduled for a future date, don’t add to the stress of the moment by showing up late to your venue. Showing up early gives you time to present yourself with composure. The more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your audience will be.

8.       Be Interactive:

The easiest way to bore your audience to death is by depriving them the opportunity to actively engage in the speech you’re delivering. Strategically using Q&A sessions in your delivery encourages full participation from your listeners. It reminds them that you are there to connect, not lecture.

9.       Use Visual Aides:

Always remember that people internalize information in different ways. Some can easily grasp concepts purely by listening to raw facts. However most people need visual illustrations to understand new information easily. Including props or imagery in you speech can help break the monotony of the experience for your audience, while helping them comprehend the message you have to communicate.

10.   Take Some Classes:

You don’t have to go it alone when it comes to public speaking. There are countless resources available either to train or educate you on how to master this essential life-skill. For instance, RISE Programs offers specialized coaching both for novice and experienced public speakers. With the right instruction you’ll become unstoppable.

The first step towards overcoming fear is taking the initiative to confront it. When it comes to fear of public speaking, it all boils down to preparation and coordination. The more you practice and organize your speeches, the more you will eliminate the nerves that keep you terrified. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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3 THINGS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

Strength

There is immeasurable value in maintaining good health through physical fitness, but, there is also priceless value in maintaining your inward strength.

In the words of John Maxwell: “Outward strength will fade on you; as you grow older you lose some of that muscle. But inward strength, carefully taken care of, gets stronger.”

Balance

The word balance has come to mean “middle of the road”. Although this balance might sound nice it’s of no threat to the evil of the world, with little risk, and above all… it’s a cheap excuse that people use to keep up appearances and pretend that our squeaky-clean image is intact.

Balance can threaten your passion and potential to do amazing things.

Those with faith, passion and vision blaze a trail that threatens all of our comfort zones. True passion offends the stationary and what many call “balanced life”.

There’s something incredulous about what many call “balance” today – it is able to fulfill its own expectations. Living a “balanced” life is safe because it takes no risk and almost always gets what it expects…which isn’t much.

Make sure your “balanced” life is full of vision, passion, growth and contribution!

Flexibility

I’m sure you have noticed by now that you will never make a plan in your life that works perfectly 100% of the time. Life comes with unexpected changes and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Since life is full of changes, the only way you can survive imminent disappointments and frustrations is by learning to adapt to life’s moments and being prepared to accommodate change.

Flexibility not only allows you to face challenges that make you more successful, it reduces stress and gives you peace. Learn, and utilize, the power of flexibility.

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6 SIMPLE LIFE HABITS THAT ARE POWERFULLY BENEFICIAL FOR YOU

Health is more than just eating well. Think about this powerful truth: Much of our primary nutrition doesn’t originate from our plates! Below you will find lifestyle suggestions designed to help you live a healthy, happy life.

Eating Habits

·        Avoid cooking with electricity, especially microwave ovens.

·        Use spring water or a good-quality water filter.

·        Chew your food well, chew until it becomes liquid.

Relationship Habits

·        View everything and everyone you meet with gratitude.

·        Do your best to be on good terms with people, especially those you love the most.

Hygiene Habits

·        To increase your circulation, scrub your entire body with a hot, damp washcloth morning and/or night.

·        Avoid chemically perfumed cosmetics.

·        For dental hygiene, use natural toothpastes.

Attitude Habits

·        Give generously.

·        Live each day happily without focusing on your problems. Have an attitude of gratitude

·        Hum or sing a happy song

·        Offer thanks before and after meals.

Meditation and Exercise Habits

·        Daily quiet time – study, pray, meditate; recharge yourself.

·        Include exercise as part of your daily life. Try Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, walking, running, bicycling, rollerblading, swimming, dancing, etc.

Home Habits

·        Keep your home in good order and clean.

·        If possible, include large green plants in every room.

·        Minimize television watching

Richard Martinez

Transformation Expert

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20 PROBLEMS FROM SUCH A SWEET POISON

Sugar is so sweet and makes everything taste better, yet it’s so poisonous and addictive. Sugar is in almost everything these days and has more-or-less become a food villain. Even though people like to think of sugar as a harmless seasoning, it’s actually comparable to hard drugs considering that so many who try to cut back on it experience withdrawals. Think about it. When we eat foods with high amounts of sugar, the reward centers of our brains are activated and we feel joy. The thing is that the more we repeat this cycle of consumption, the more we develop a tolerance for it, which in turn requires us to eat more and more just to get that same level of reward and pleasure. Doesn’t this sound like a drug to you? Sugar has the capacity to function exactly how actual drugs like heroin and cocaine do. Just like drugs, sugar is n! ot good for us and does a lot of damage. Below are 20 ways that this sweet-tasting poison destroys our futures.

Sugar can…

1.      Suppress the immune system.

2.      Interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.

3.      Weaken eyesight.

4.      Cause hypoglycemia.

5.      Cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

6.      Contribute to obesity.

7.      Cause arthritis.

8.      Cause heart disease and emphysema.

9.      Contribute to osteoporosis.

10.  Increase cholesterol.

11.  Lead to both prostate cancer and ovarian cancer.

12.  Contribute to diabetes.

13.  Cause cardiovascular disease.

14.  Make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.

15.  Produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

16.  Increase the body’s fluid retention.

17.  Cause headaches, including migraines.

18.  Cause depression.

19.  Contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

20.  Cause your energy levels to quickly rise and quickly crash

Adapted from 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D

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10 WAYS AND REASONS GOING SLOWER MAKER YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE

“I don’t have enough time, I need to hurry!” has become a common mantra for us in the US. Yes for a goals-driven person, time is money and getting things done in a speedy fashion is important. But what is also important and very productive is slowing down. What? Slowing down is productive? Yes! It’s very productive for all you high achievers out there, and here are 10 ways and reasons why.

·  Prioritize

By focusing on the most important tasks to get done, we eliminate the hustle and stress of trying to accomplish everything at once.   

·  Cut Internet Time

I understand these days much of what makes us productive is technology but enjoying other things produces an energy in us that makes us more clear, grateful and productive. Try to use half your designated Internet time to explore new hobbies, build relationships, exercise or meditate.

·  Enjoy the beauty, enjoy nature.

When time permits – take a 5 to 10 minute break to step outside and breath-in some fresh air. Disconnect from the rest of the world and concentrate on the beauty of nature. Behold the beauty around you because it provides an energy you can use to be more productive.

·  Eat Slower.

A lot of us tend to speed through meals just to save time and get other things done. When doing this we not only miss the chance to appreciate different textures and flavors in what we are eating, but we also overwhelm our digestive system till it diverts energy from the head, arms and legs, and uses it to help digest all the food you just stuffed down your throat.

·  Make sure to Make time to Connect with family and friends.

We all try to make a considerable amount of time to spend with close friends and family. But make sure not just to hastily contact, but rather Connect on a deeper level. This creates a positive energy for you and your productivity.

·  Set time apart for yourself.

When’s the last time you spent valuable time by yourself? Take a night to find a new book, watch a favorite movie, try yoga, meditate or cook a new recipe. High-achievers often feel like this is a waste of time but it’s not. It actually allows you to separate yourself from stress which burns good energy and connects you to all the things you enjoy which create good energy.

·  Give yourself more time.

Some of us like to stick to a tight schedule and plan all our daily events. Factor in a few extra minutes when estimating how long things will take. This will help you avoid rushing through daily tasks.

·  Take the scenic route.

Check out the scenic routes before your next trip! Yes, it might take a little more time but the change in route and different scenery produces a healthy energy for you.

·  Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.

Even just a few moments of meditation can set the tone for the rest of your day. This brief practice can produce great results for your whole day. It releases tension and sets intention.

·  Remember your goals and aspirations.

Each morning when you wake up, take a few moments to think about your life goals and aspirations. Try to recall the milestones you’ve already made in life, and your drive to achieve new ones. This produces the powerful emotion and energy called GRATITUDE.

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8 SUBTLE WAYS THE INTERNET CHANGED OUR LIVES FOREVER

The English dictionary defines faith as a state of complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It is a willingness to believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of an entity. Faith is often contemplated in philosophical terms, however, it would probably surprise you to discover just how much faith you happen to place in things that are far from supernatural. Life in the 21st century has become so convenient that we take for granted just how many resources revolutionized both the way we conduct our daily routines, and how we perceive the world around us. There’s no greater example of this than how widely, and openly, people have embraced technology like the internet.

There was once a time when it didn’t make sense for anyone to own a computer for reasons that weren’t professional. Computers simply served no practical purpose beyond word-processing and data analysis. It was far cheaper, and far easier, for the average person to rely on libraries, dictionaries, directories or encyclopedias to retrieve basic information. Approximately 26 years ago, this entire paradigm would permanently change however. On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee launched the first ever web page on a NeXT computer at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Compared to the behemoth of a network it has grown into, the internet was a crude system at the time. For that matter, Berners-Lee’s page entitled World Wide Web, did nothing more than provide explanatory information about the nature of the internet to an exclusivel! y academic audience. Eventually however, applications for this technology began to expand as programmers learnt how to use web pages to share files. Once web browsers were made available to the public in 1993, limitless possibilities were introduced to anyone fortunate enough to gain access to this technology. For example:

1.       Sophisticated search engines would allow people to explore information with an efficiency that surpassed hardcopy sourcing.

2.       The introduction of commercialized web pages in 1995 would make it possible for financial transactions to occur on the internet.

3.       Hotmail’s web-based mail service propelled email to a staple of human interaction.

4.       As blogs began being published in 1997, the internet grew into a source for breaking news and discourse about current events.

5.       File-sharing through services such as Napster eventually made it popular to sell music and other multimedia files online.

6.       The birth of MySpace in 2003 would usher in the era of social media.

7.       Streaming video through platforms like YouTube transformed how video content is produced and consumed.

8.       Smartphones and other mobile devices turned the internet into a portable network accessible from any location at any time.

Slowly but surely, the internet has become an inextricable component of how we communicate, and how we make daily decisions. We trust this technology to give us accurate feedback whenever we type a query into a search engine. We trust that our vital and confidential messages will make it to their recipients the moment we click send. We trust that our transactions are secure whenever we proceed to checkout. We even trust that the GPS won’t send us to Timbuktu once we’ve punched in our coordinates. It’s amazing to imagine how much our lives have changed in the span of a few decades purely because of the internet. It’s even more mind-blowing to imagine what lies in store for us moving forward. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events! listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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HOW TO STAY STANDING IN THE FACE OF LIFE’S CHALLENGES

In a perfect world, money would grow on trees. Companies would never face competition and profits would rise infinitely. Clients would never be in default and employees would perform with perfect efficiency. Technology would never fail, nor would recessions grind industry down to a halt. Unfortunately – we live in the real world. Where leaders simply can’t escape these, and the many other challenges that are routine to business. This is why problem-solving is one of the most essential abilities necessary for strong leadership. It is impossible for any organization to thrive if its leadership is inept at resolving problems on a consistent basis. Here a five principles essential to successful problem-solving:

1. Listening:

Ignorance is the single most substantial impediment to problem-solving. Problems inherently pose questions. They present conflicts that can only be resolved through investigation and application of practical knowledge. As such, listening is integral to problem-solving because it is the primary way to learn about the nature of a problem and how to address it. Be alert, be aware, and be observant. The more you listen to the stakeholders in a given problem the more you realize exactly how to approach its challenges.

2. Communication:

If knowledge is necessary to understand a problem, then exchanging knowledge is fundamental to solve said problem. Strong communication is thus a skill that contributes invaluably to problem-solving in that it enables a leader to foster interaction that neutralizes undesirable conditions. The only way to overcome a contentious situation with others is through dialogue. Exchanging perspectives in both a unifying and constructive way eliminates conflict and generates ideas to tackle prevailing issues.

3. Open Mindedness:

One of the most unfortunate instincts that people display when confronted by problems is defensiveness. The possibility of having to admit fault embarrasses some to the point of stubbornness that actually makes the situation worse. This is why no matter what the issue may be, having an open mind can mean the difference between success and failure. A lack of innovation and adaptability makes it difficult to react to changing or sensitive circumstances in a positive way.

4. Strategy:

All the information in the world is meaningless if it cannot be leveraged effectively. Leaders aren’t just expected to be all-knowing, they also need to be capable of discerning how to capitalize on knowledge in a tactical way. Problem-solving in itself denotes analyzing, planning and executing concepts that eliminate a set of difficult circumstances. Leaders should not only appreciate the short term implications of a given problem, they should also possess enough foresight to prepare for the long-term, especially when most are compelled to only regard the present.

5. Cooperation:

Some problems simply cannot be fixed unilaterally regardless of how capable a person may be as a leader. The more complex a problem is, the likelier it is that resolution can only be achieved with help from qualified partners. A strong ability to build relationships with others, whether friend or foe, is therefore indispensable when it comes to dealing with demanding problems.

At the very least, ignoring the importance of problem-solving skills as a leader is unwise. Whether you like it or not, the fact that problems happen to everyone, in every context imaginable, means that the more prepared you are to contend with problems, the more you will end up ensuring your own survival and the survival of those who depend on you. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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6 DOS AND DON’TS OF CRITICAL THINKING

Clickbait, post-truth, trolling, alternative facts, catfishing, fake news – the list goes on. Public discourse has become punctuated with buzzwords that signal a general erosion of the integrity with which people reason or communicate with one another. Gone are the days when individuals, or even institutions, could be trusted to convey information free of bias. If someone is talking, there’s a good chance they’re willing to lie just to grab your attention, which makes it all the more important to think critically in order to avoid the pitfalls of misinformation.

Critical thinking is an essential skill to have when it comes to leadership and decision-making. By definition, critical thinking is a fundamental ability to question. It is an inclination to constantly ask why, rather than accept new information at face value. Critical thinking enables leaders to distinguish between useful, and useless information, with the singular aim of developing conclusions that are based on factual investigation.

Those in leadership have a higher duty to embrace critical thinking given the fact that their choices impact numerous other people. Just by function alone, leaders juggle more responsibility than junior employees. They are expected to contemplate and resolve multiple problems simultaneously, a task which when contaminated by misinformation can produce disastrous results. Critical thinking lends itself to sober leadership. It fosters conscientious decision-making by suppressing impulse. Rather than being reactionary to events in the business environment, critical thinking empowers leaders to adapt to, or even leverage, unpredictability. Here are six basic Do’s and Don’ts of how to practice effective critical thinking.

Do be prepared to identify bad information:

Discerning leaders are always alert to if and when information they receive is inaccurate. A strong critical thinker is the type of person who can identify a problem immediately it becomes apparent. Within a business environment this is an invaluable skill when it comes to dealing with issues such as faulty accounting, false advertising, conflict resolution or contract negotiation just to name a few.

Don’t just listen to one side of an issue:

One of the easiest things to do when receiving information is to accept it without question. However critical thinking demands a willingness to explore every possible perspective of a given issue. It’s not just enough to identify bad information, leadership also requires the initiative to investigate and explore multiple arguments in order to develop the most relevant conclusion.

Do be logical about analyzing information:

Rationality is the bedrock of critical thinking. The only way to determine the legitimacy of a premise is to systematically and objectively evaluate its implications. Relying on assumptions more than facts to make final decisions increases the likelihood of employing bad judgement.

Don’t overthink the situation:

Thinking critically isn’t a mindset that should be used to get tangled in redundant questioning. Critical thinking has an aim, that is, to discover truth. Keeping sight of this objective is necessary to avoid becoming caught up in bullheadedness. Rather than debating over and over again about a problem or question, seek to solve it with finality.

Do embrace efficiency:

Critical thinking accomplishes the most good when it is guided by efficiency. Not only is it beneficial to avoid wasting time with endless questions, it’s also important to develop solutions that are easy and practical to apply. Remember that the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line. Embracing efficiency makes it possible to act on an issue with speed, and also to conserve resources in the process.

Don’t settle:

Being critical takes work. It often denotes going out of one’s way not just to question assumptions but to strive towards resolving any uncovered inconsistencies. This is an obligation that requires effort, as well as follow-through to fulfill any and all investigations to their logical conclusions. There’s no point to being critical if you don’t have the resolve to right any wrongs you may discover.

Critical thinking is vital to leadership because it is part and parcel of responsibility. Any leader who makes blind decisions without logically contemplating the validity of their assumptions is recklessly gambling with the public trust that has been placed upon them. Be the type of leader who looks before they leap. Check out more of RISE Programs’ Blogs for helpful advice on leadership, and remember to spread the word by sharing this post. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how RISE Programs can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.

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