Embrace Radical Self Judgement

“It is always our own self that we find at the end of the journey. The sooner we face that self, the better.” — Ella Maillart

Food For Thought

Radical Judgement Might Point To A Solution

“That you are having a breakdown does not mean that your life isn’t a mess. If there are issues you have successfully skirted or avoided for years, they come cropping back up and stare you full in the face, and one aspect of depression is a deep knowledge that the comforting doctors who assure you that your judgment is bad are wrong. You are in touch with the real terribleness of your life. You can accept rationally that later, after the medication sets in, you will be better able to deal with the terribleness, but you will not be free of it.” — Andrew Solomon

A little over a year ago, it felt like I was stuck in a swamp of problems that I had brought myself right into. I couldn’t see a way out of that swamp until I admitted that my own ignorance was to blame. In recognizing myself as the bottleneck of every problem in my life, I found the strength to overcome them.

Now, every time I face a problem, I take it as a chance to radically judge myself.

Be careful if you find yourself in that swamp. As I slowly trekked through it, I was tempted to blame others, became addicted to my problems, and for a long time refused to radically judge myself. This isn’t self-criticism, but rather a reality check: how have I contributed to my life being where it is?

Now, I try to balance those admissions of ignorance with compassion and affection. Once I do, the honest (but loving) assessment almost always points like a compass towards a solution.

Mission Daily

Upgrading Your Mental Operating System

In this throwback episode of Mission Daily, Chad and Stephanie discuss how you can upgrade your OS. They talk about why interactions with others can sometimes stall, how to grow relationships, and how to overcome criticism from people you respect.

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Deep Dive

Why Self-Awareness Is Vital To Leadership

“Our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions create the world around us. There is no objective reality. I can hear many of you objecting to this. You know what you see around you, certain things are facts! But look at it for a moment from a different viewpoint.

The science of psychology tells us that our core, fundamental beliefs in life are developed before we reach the age of five. Without a great deal of conscious work, they change little throughout our lives. Most of what we learn and experience from this point onward is colored by these beliefs held in our subconscious…”

Read the article.

Further Reading

The Identities Of Persons

“The voice of philosophical conscience that led us to this scandalously sketchy exploration of persons as centers of reflective consciousness has certainly not been stilled. But perhaps we have shown that, by its own admission, no philosophical analysis could satisfy it. And we, on the other hand, have satisfied ourselves that the problem of determining the conditions for personal identity is, in an extended sense, a moral one.” — Amélie Rorty

Read: The Identities of Persons


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