Don't get me wrong here.  I am not asking you to be some super rocket scientist to live a good life.  But I am saying, with few exceptions, that it is most likely that you will live a better and higher level of life the higher you rise in your level of being able to think. 

The levels of thinking, which do you choose to live life at?

       Lower thinking         Average?                               "Rational expert"               High thinking
        Lesser life                                                                                                 Greatest life

The purpose and value of thinking is to use knowledge to create results - to get better results in our lives.  Think about it.  Why else would it matter?

If you are not getting the results in your life that you want, it is because you are not using the higher levels of thinking.  There is no doubt: look at the results one has in life and that is a sure indicator of the level of thinking that they engage in! 

Before listing the levels of thinking, I want to remind you that each new thing that people learn to do requires a step by step guide/procedure to get them started and then practice helps one to see more distinctions and feel more competent.  In other words, you don't have to figure out on your own how to do this and you don't have to have it be difficult.  On this site (and in whatever books I write), we connect the dots for you, initially, and then you acquire the skills - we don't leave things in pieces for you to spend time figuring out, as that is an unnecessary chore for you.


The virtual equivalent of this is to live exclusively in Quadrant II, always doing what is of the highest value at the time (including "musts" and "short term value" creation of pieces of long term values).  In that, you insist on pre-allocating your time, carefully determing the "right" goals (where you make sure your expected outcome actually will provide the anticipated benefit!).  Look at the detailed diagram of what happen in Quadrant II, in perspective related to the other quadrants.  See Living In The 5 Quadrants Of Quadrant II.  One interesting effect of that is that you will seek out, when appropriate and resultful enough, learning to think at higher levels, especially accessing on a regular basis that which enables the best process. 

However, the "fatal flaw" in in implementing this is failing to build in a fail safe mechanism and instead relying on intent (and "I'll think of it at the time").  These things happen only if you build 100% of them into a reminder/scheduling system so that attention to it is assured!  (See the idea in The Schedule/Calendar For All Planning.)

And if you seek to upgrade your thinking level on purpose, you must use the same "thinking" and apply the systems mindset, to formulate, or follow a pre-designed model,
which might be called a program for learning how to think much better.                 

Main Page

The Master Skill -   Thinking

The page you are now on is is a sister piece to

Higher Level, Expansive, Creative, Value Producing Thinking - The Gateway To All Of Life  

"Levels" of mindsets

Which mindsets do you have or need to  "upgrade"?  The "ability to think" means nothing without the right mindsets that activate one's proactive self.

The Mindsets That Determine Your Life - Change These And You Can Propel Life Forward...More Enjoyably! - These are more important than "abilities".

First, engage the higher brain

Using The Higher Brain As It Should Be Used - The "Secret" To A Greater Life 

You should learn how the brain operates

How The Mind Works - Essential Knowledge!!!

Thinking, Fast And Slow

About thinking

Use this, in this order, as a program to learn about thinking:

Thinking, Contents, Links
More Detailed Levels Of Thinking

Passive thinking/reacting - Largely unconscious

Knowledge (Remembering) - Actively gaining knowledge, shallow processing, copying

Comprehension (Understanding) - Mid to deep processing, able to explain

Application - Know when or why to apply certain skills automaticaly, the ability to recognize patterns and apply to unfamiliar situations.

Analysis - Breaking information down into parts and different forms, drawing comparison [analyze, categorizse, prioritize, classify, differentiate, distinguish, identify, infer - seeing connections and drawing conclusions

Evaluation, Design ( critical thinking is necessary for the creative process to occur, because it involves accepting or rejecting ideas—a precursor to creating a new design (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001).  Distinguish essential data, core themes, form and support opinions, identify inconsistencies, bias, lack of coherence...access and relate to other knowledge

Synthesis (Creation) - Relating new and old information to develop a new idea, establish a new way of thinking or create a new product. And then predicting outcomes.  Choose, combine, formulate, invent, make up, orgaize, plan...

Power thinking - Drives thinking through to get higher and better results, going past conventional thinking to "whatever it takes", including making tradeoffs, thinking in ambiguity, ultimate "what works" mentality, no weakening from fears, assures clarity and accurate assessment (& measures!)

And, no, you don't have to learn it all, as you can just use the systems and let them walk you through each process.  But you do have to use the higher processes of thinking if you want higher results in life.  The Good Fairy won't help you.

So, for now, just scan these for awareness and expansion of your view about thinking.  This overview is part of the process that permits perspective that will lead us into the actual implementation methods.

Note that "thinking" is an active process, so you  get "no points" for having the capability (potential) to think.  You only get points through doing, creating results!

Each of the following has (at least) an A or a B level, where A is the first, lower range and B is the second, higher range.

Low level thinking - Passive thinking and reacting, run by impulses, demands, some learning but minimal.

Mid level (amateur) thinking - Some learning, very little thinking ahead, able to talk a good game, low implementer, doesn't discriminate and distinguish much or prioritize much.  Seeks more facts and uses reasoning to some degree, still subject to thinking errors.

"Expert" thinking - Assertively establishes facts and reasoning, no "thinking errors", doesn't synthesize and drive to results at this level.

Higher Thinking (click the link) - Proactive learner - initiates on his own, finds and solves problems proactively and quickly, thinks about what and how to learn, creates plans and ideas and drives them to completion (figuring out what to do), finds the information needed, develops and builds, excellent/higher perspective, synthesizes new solutions/products,  ethical but not moralistic (good/bad judgmentalism), decides if something is "complete" enough or not, assures all the steps to a result are specified, fully manages emotions...