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Dump It and Start Fresh

I have something to confess…

Oftentimes, I spout ideas without really examining their significance or importance. I consider those ideas to matter, only to find out later in life that they hold little value.

Well, I am confident enough to say that I am not alone in this.

If it sounds familiar to you, then occasionally dumping your ideas may not be so bad, right?

Generally speaking, we are all biased. We are affected, to varying degrees, by endowment effect and confirmation bias, to name a few. We assume that our ideas are more significant than others’just because they’re oursand we rarely challenge ourselves to see things from a different angle, if it seems to contradict our pre-established beliefs. We are consumed by our egos. So much so that we are prone to clouded judgment about things. We don’t always see things as they are; instead, we interact with our conceptions about them, with the ‘models’ we’ve developed in our minds.

In short, we become slaves to our ego.

The antidote? Be aware of the cognitive biases. Know that you don’t have to work on every single idea that crosses your mind. Sometimes it’s liberating and healthy to simply let them go. Be mindful about the few ideas that are important in life. You definitely need to prioritize investing your time in essential things like maintaining relationships, but you can let go of other things that don’t add value to your life. I mean, if we’re honest with ourselves, we waste a significant amount of our time on non-essential things daily! I am not saying that we must be productive at all times. Studies even suggest that allocating a certain amount of time to not doing anything (it’s called niksen in Dutch), being free from agenda, is actually benefiting our overall well-being in the long run. What I’m trying to say instead is about being aware of our attachments to our own ideas, and be decisive to dump some, if not most of them, sometimes. The idea is to create more ‘space’ for good things. It boils down to focusing on a few things that truly matter.

It would lead us to becoming individuals who truly ‘see’ things from a fresh perspective. It’s about opening ourselves to the possibility of growth.

Does it sound intriguing to you? 😉

Author: Paulinus Pandiangan

Saya seorang Katolik, anak ketiga dari 3 bersaudara, ayah dari tiga anak, orang Batak, saat ini bekerja di sebuah pabrik kelapa sawit di Kalimantan Tengah. Saya dilahirkan pada 8 Januari 1983. Capricorn.

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