epistemic closure … thinking inside the box

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-Mark Twain

Epistemic closure has been described as being locked into  your own narrow world view.   It has been described as the unwillingness to look outside the box because it may mean change or it may mean throwing away something that you are holding on to for security.

Recently I talked to a person who was locked in a box,  a box called a terrible career, a career that created stress and tears.   There was no energy going into work and there was less leaving work.   How many people are trapped into doing what they dislike because they believe there is nothing else for them to do.

Then I have heard people say, “Today I got fired”.    The job was so miserable it couldn’t be faced and now there is nothing but a sea of opportunity available.  It may not look like opportunity when a job is taken away or given up until there is a realization that there is more to life than a job.   Certainly work is important, if the work you are dong is important.   If you are making a contribution, if you are feeling significant and appreciated doing what you are doing and if it gets you out of bed in the morning than you are doing what very few people do.

Take a few steps to find out what you really want.

1. Observe.   Observe your thoughts.  Observe your feelings.   Listen to your internal language.   What do you hear, see and feel?    Write those things down.

2. What is your level of stress today?   On a scale of 1-10 (1, being low and 10, being high).   What is your stress level?

3. Notice what you have time for?    Notice what you don’t have time for?  Is it what you want to be doing?

4. Pay attention to your words that you speak to others.   Are you telling them the truth or are you hiding behind your truth?

Take a safari through your heart and discover what is inside.   Is it what you want?   Observe, listen, pay attention and feel your life.   What is it telling you?

If life is a dance, are you dancing or waiting?

Think about thinking … take a look. (It is business focused, but think about it in your context)

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