Do you recall when you were in you were in your 20s? So confident and naive that you now look back on situations and shake your head with embarrassment? You know the circumstances. Those that were obvious at the time but you were oblivious because you knew-it-all. Yes, the ones where everyone was wrong, and you were right; however, with time, with an inner-voice and hindsight, you realize now how little you knew and how dumb-lucky you were. But for the grace of good luck, you should have been out of luck many times over.
We’ve all been there and done that; however, those with an inner-voice have a higher degree of past awareness to apply to present conditions; in my opinion and of which this will be henceforth. Moreover, be forewarned, those who struggle with an IQ test will find this difficult, offensive, and full of buttercup and snowflake triggers, but alas, those of us who deal in the real world will get it, and that’s the target audience of this piece and the focus of the firm.
There are those who are rational, semi-rational, and irrational. The irrational do not have an inner-voice nor do those who are semi-rational on a regular basis. “Just listen to yourself” is a phrase that we have all heard but do not hear. In other words, and broken down into the obvious, those who are entirely irrational do not have an inner voice, which is the ability to talk-it-out alone. The ability to write it out, talk it out, and quietly think it out are all critical thinking capabilities. The lack of essential skills of thinking is growing daily as the population grows and this condition should be considered a dread disease of epidemic proportions by the CDC.
Complex critical thought is not linear where A happens, B then occurs; therefore A caused B. Correlation does not guarantee causation; however, for the quiet mind, it does. The political process where the polarized right and left are always present due to the genetic composition of mankind and thus the dumbest among us are the key to the tipping point as to which blowhard controls the spoils, results in a never-ending head shaking for those of us with a well-developed inner-voice and long-term, multi-phase internal monologue.
Police officers and deputy sheriffs do more to calm people down by merely asking the person they are dealing with to explain the situation to them. The medical doctor does the same thing. Stop. Think. Talk. If you’ve ever watched the television shows COPS or Live PD, you will quickly see that “thinking” is somewhat difficult for a significant segment of the population. Stop, think, talk is also used by financial product salespeople who use behavioral selling techniques to manipulate the always-be-closing (ABC) conversation to the John Hancock conclusion. Those without an inner-voice can be led down the pathway to high commission payments by the Pied Piper who knows that lemmings wander off once the music stops. The lemming who stays, thinks, talks, and writes it down is often the one left on the cliff looking down upon the deceased, but he’s still a lemming.
There is a direct correlation between those with a robust internal monologue and reasonable success. Those living with inner silence, rote memory, daily repetition, and learning to merely pass the test to get back to Kardashian Central will find it increasingly difficult to keep pace in an increasingly complex world of technology and instant social connectedness. The inner-voice allows one to focus and more importantly, ignore the stupidity of trivial people, places, things, and events momentarily promoted as more than what they are. Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame is better framed as 15 seconds if that.
Talking to yourself may sound odd to hear and funny to the ear, and this is normal as a significant body of research shows that an active inner-voice is enjoyed by only 20% of the higher intelligence portion of the population. This is why one can learn much by asking questions of others. As mother said, you have one mouth but two ears. Ask and listen reveals more when you actually listen and then “think about it.”
Why pay more because you have more, or receive less because you have less? Those who think about it and get it are ideal long-term clients. Those who can’t think about it and brush the question off never do get it.
Do you get it?
Think about it.