I am the kind of person who loves good and meaningful cinema, especially animated films. Animated films would almost always have a deeper message and teaches something beautiful (of course, there are some meant only for slapstick entertainment but largely, not). For the love of animated movies, one of the weekends my husband and I decided to go for ‘Inside Out.’ For those of you, who haven’t seen it, you must watch it! It’s an Oscar winning movie regarding cute little emotions (our state of mind) as characters, in our heads, and how they control our mental frameworks, every day.
There was a lot of thought put into creating it, for sure. Since, I’m a reflective thinker, as I got home from the movie, I was wondering which emotion am I letting my brain getting controlled by? Emotions can largely control our thinking process and overall, our mind.
For a long time, till my mid 20’s I had been driven by anger and trust me that emotion doesn’t help you lead a good life. Why you may ask? Because, it blurs the CLEAR thinking process that you need, let alone using the different thinking hats for various situations.
Over the past few years, I’ve consciously chosen to be driven by JOY! I am my most optimistic self at work and at home. (I always imagine the character running in my head) 😉 However, since last year, I have been running my business from home and suddenly had multiple roles to play. When I would have client meetings and interactions, things would be great, but when I was alone, my over active brain would go berserk with thoughts, which then triggered emotions to run wild. I would easily get consumed by fear, sadness, envy and anger, most of the time. Even though, each emotion is crucial for a balanced functional body and mind, BUT when one is amiss, or goes out of balance, it can disrupt our creative abilities and our free thinking process.
Imagine being ruled by one of the key ‘Inside Out’ emotions, would you have clarity of thoughts to perform your best? Now, link that to De Bono’s Thinking Hats (or modes) as mentioned below:
- The White Hat calls for information known or needed.
- The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition.
- The Black Hat is judgment: the devil’s advocate or why something may not work.
- The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism.
- The Green Hat focuses on creativity: the possibilities, alternatives and new ideas.
- The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process.
Now, imagine, how our unbalanced emotions can disrupt our thinking skills, if conscious effort is not made? It can be deadly at times! The primary thing that you can achieve, by consciously balancing your free mind along with the thinking hats is: CLARITY. Clarity of mind is the pathway to free and effective thinking. It enables you to actually be able to:
- switch into being creative genius, informative speaker, careful judge, intuitive and effective thinker, as and when required.
- create a more conducive mental space for achieving personal and professional goals.
- add value to your holistic wellbeing as you can train your mind for more workable thinking process.
- Improve your decision making skills as you won’t be driven by unbalanced emotions rather by clearly processed thoughts.
The choices we make in life can be driven by various emotions. Though emotionally driven choices might work in our favor a lot of times, often it may wreck havoc in our lives. One can train the mind to shift between clarity of mind and thinking hats (that we need to wear almost everyday) to be able reach our maximum potential. Thereby, be able to aid our own performance, no matter where we stand in life.
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