90-Day Goal: Day 12: Think Slow
Our brains are amazing. Our brains take in information and make decisions based on that information as quickly as possible. We reserve energy by doing what we already know how to do, applying conclusions we have already reached to new situations, and falling back on behaviors that have worked in the past. And most of the time this works great and we move forward without expending unnecessary energy.
Daniel Kahneman in his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, unpacks the ways in which our brains make decisions and approach challenging situations. I am unable to do Professor Kahneman’s work justice in this short post, but I do want to share one insight as it applies to our 90-Day Goal Together.
Tip 12: Think Slow to Win.
Daniel Kahneman suggests that the human mind consists of two competing systems. These two modes of thinking or thought can be described as: “System 1” is fast, instinctive and emotional. “System 2” is slower, effortful, more deliberative, conscious, and more logical.
Our “fast” brains fight to keep us in a place of comfort. We naturally want to stay in places where we feel comfortable, know what we are doing, and can move quickly with little effort. We feel good here and therefore the “fast thinking” brain often wins.
However, in order to be successful taking on a new goal we need to slow down. The fact you are taking time to read this blog and/or watch the videos means you are already investing in the behaviors that will help you be successful. Slow, effortful, deliberate.
Our “fast” brains and “slow” brains compete for your attention. Both are important and have a role to play. When you are feeling the energy outlay required for a new skill or habit, then remember that slowing down is a part of the process and will ultimately help you win.
Please send me your questions, challenges, and suggestions as we continue in the 90-Day Goal Together. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the journey with you.