Improving the quality of your thinking is the single most valuable update you can make to improve your performance, both on your own and with others.
Over the next 14 months I will lead you step by step to make steady improvement in the way you operate, how you think, and in the level of your thinking processes, this is what I’ve come to think about and call “Cognitive Maturity.”
Simply … most people stopped learning how to think about things better and deeper sometime between beginning secondary school at about the age of 14 or so, and finishing their university study sometime in their early 20s.
Sure, you may have continued learning new things, gathering additional information, even building and refining your expertise, but that’s not the same as improving the quality of how you think or learning to think better.
Developing cognitive maturity gives you the ability to juggle complex ideas, hold diametrically opposing ideas in mind and reconcile seeming paradox.
Employing this kind of high-level thinking frees you from the hesitation and procrastination that comes from indecision and being overwhelmed, as well getting stuck because you can’t yet see the opportunity within the complexity that’s present, or lacking an ability to access the creative breakthrough you need.
This means you will make sense of the world with more clarity and precision, make better and higher quality decisions, and take action with greater certainty … creating more of your intended outcomes with increased ease.
In addition when you’re operating from at fully developed levels of Cognitive Maturity you can and will immediately recognize the levels of thinking that others operate from and through, and you’ll be able to communicate with them more effectively, whether that means sharing information, influencing and persuading them, or when you need to motivate and inspire others.
Within the model I’ve built there are orders of development I’ll expose you to so you will literally feel yourself getting smarter at thinking in virtually every session we’ll be spending together …
- 1st Order Cognitive Maturity: Linear Tactical Cognition
Recognizing That You Are Thinking About Achieving A Specific Outcome And The Specific Action You Plan On Taking To Create The Outcome
- 2nd Order Cognitive Maturity: Consequential Strategic Cognition
Thinking About And Recognizing That The Action You Are About To Take Has Consequences And Factoring Them Into Your Decision-Making Process
- 3rd Order Cognitive Maturity: Cybernetic Systemic Cognition
Knowing Achieving Your Outcome Happens Within A System That Contains You, And That The Action You Take Will Have An Effect On You As Well As On Whatever Or Whomever Is Also Effected By It In The System
As you can see, complexity within this structure as you consider the orders of thinking within the Cognitive Maturity model quickly increase, and developing the ability to hold and manage this complexity is the key to unlocking previously unimagined ways of thinking about yourself, others and the world around you, opening you up to realizing new levels of personal and professional performance.
So, if you run a business, lead a team, sell to others, or you simply have a desire to perform better … in your career, relationships, and your life overall … then committing to developing Cognitive Maturity is a bet that’s likely to pay off big time in ways you cannot even imagine yet …