Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Higher Order of Thinking (H.O.T.) Part 2

Last week we laid out 11 stages of thinking, rationalizing, acting, basically stages of living and leading yourself. Each week on Thursday we are going to further break down each stage, so that you can learn from each level of thinking and move towards a Higher Level of Thinking (HOT).

To recap, the 11 levels of thinking we identified are;
  1. Need Now: The lowest level on Maslow's Pyramid of needs. Basically, the way a baby cries for a bottle, or a toddler wants their mommy and doesn;t stop to think that they are blue in the face and whaling at the top of their lungs in Wal-Mart.
  2. Want Now: Selfish, "me, me, me" attitude combined with a hint of what they actually may want. No idea where they are headed because they are focused on the now.
  3. Not Now: As these spoiled kids get older, and responsible hits them in the form of their first job, or chores, etc... the first reaction is often to shirk away from that responsibility.
  4. What Now?: "I have a job" or "I went to school", now what? This is that wonderful transitional period when children become adults because they stop doing what they were told, and start identifying for themselves what they want out of life.
  5. Why Now?: This is the fighting getting older/ responsibility/ having to think on their own stage. Much like the "not now' stage, only you have more money and can do more damage to yourself without any direction.
  6. Right Now: Once they truly know where they want to go, this is the first step towards truly growing up and maturing- seizing opportunities and getting busy living because it is what they want.
  7. More Now: This is where we start to increase our acheivement, desire, and effectiveness by implementing more/ better time management strategies, we improve our skill sets, and we allow ourselves to want more out life.
  8. Share Now: This is where we become less selfish and we share what we know, and where we are headed, with those who are important to us.
  9. Love Now: This is the stage of life that not everybody hits (but we hope that you do) wherein you know who you love, what you are passionate about, and why it is good to be you.
  10. Mentor Now: This is where we take the love of what we do and combine it with humility as we teach others to do the same and pass their teachings on. It is about affecting change within the world you live in.
  11. Leave Now: This is the final chapter of our evolvement- self actualization. As a matter of fact, this stage is often not complete until after we are dead, because the key to this stage- is legacy. Leaving a legacy at your job, within your home and community at large, and in the world... making it all better than you left it.

This week we begin with "Need Now", and although we described this level of thinking by referencing the behavior of a baby, make no mistake- many adults are stuck in this level of thinking!

"Need Now" thinkers are characterized by selfish thoughts, behaviors, actions, and until they can even begin to admit and understand their selfishness, and that there is harm that comes from this (and value in changing) they will remain at the "need now" stage indefinately.

Basically, "Need Now" thinkers cannot get past themselves or their own problems. They 'know' the world revolves around them and are ill-equipped to consider other points of view. The world is better off by ignoring adults with this perspective, or kicking them in the ass until they are prepared to at least consider change.

When this happens, we are ready to have this group move ahead, either to the next level of thinking (Want Now) or possibly several levels higher.... tune in next week when we uncover "want now" mentality.

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