Fall New Season Resolution For Thinking

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Fall ResolutionOften we talk about resolutions to change something in our lives at the start of the new calendar year in January but with trending cooler temperatures with the advent of Fall, I thought of a good one for everyone to work on.

Work with more effort to be a critical thinker.

This dawned on me from reading so many opinion pieces and also social media commentary where people just seemed to mouth statistics, ideas, thoughts, feelings, like they were a robot of the next person.

SO OFTEN, the underlying premise of what they were talking about, was built on a FALSE FOUNDATION, or the conclusion about their thought, if they looked at it in any slight greater depth, was ALL WRONG. Now using the word WRONG these days can get you in all sorts of trouble, if something is subjective or built on OPINION. But often this is NOT the case. There are real facts behind some things that cannot be ignored. Well they are indeed ignored. You know the fun saying, "Don't bother me with the facts!!" Pick and choose your battles, your engagements, with telling people they are not understanding something based on FACTS. They often DO NOT want to hear this I have found. We have these TRIBES nowadays where little groups just want NO DISCUSSION when it comes to disagreement, just nodding heads saying what you say is WONDERFUL.

But individually at least, BECOME A CRITICAL THINKER, and learn what is going on FOR REAL for yourself.

  • read many sources
  • listen to many people
  • do not be quick to judge and summarize and conclude so fast
  • relish in being an open minded person
  • be kind to everyone and not lash out that they are wrong but point out facts
  • do not be dissuaded that you are attacked for presenting "truth", just present, and move on
  • be open to early evidence you learn that there may even be contrary evidence that a conclusion might not be definite, but both sides have a point. Some issues turn out that way
  • be at peace, that the why of something, may never come, we do not always get all the answers we seek
  • FIND those few people in life you can discuss things with you, who may even vehemently disagree with you, but will still be your friend. They are rare
  • Be proud that you have become a critical thinker, and not a robot with someone programming your mind. You too will find YOU have become a rare bird in today's modern world. There are not many critical thinkers left.

Comments (23)

Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Life is good.. Rid your life of negative thinkers Gary Woltal  That is my philosophy I want to enjoy life .

Oct 18, 2017 10:03 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Gary - using facts and connecting the dots is important to critical thinking.

Oct 18, 2017 11:02 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

As Joe Friday used to say "Just the facts Ma'am"

Oct 18, 2017 01:05 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

That's the thing, Barry- we're so involved with 24 hour news and the "gotta have it now" mentality that thinking has taken second place to reacting.  It is so important to read as many different articles and points of view and learn to base our thoughts and opinions on that. 

Oct 21, 2017 03:04 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

                             Thank you Gary Woltal 

Oct 21, 2017 05:58 PM
Gary Woltal

Thank you Kathy for the highlight!! You are so thoughtful.

Oct 22, 2017 09:27 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I totally agree (and not because I'm just agreeing to agree!).

I often hear people telling me what they think are "truths", and I always ask for details. How do you know that? Why do you think that? What's the source of that information? What other data points might be important? 

I usually don't get answers.

Oct 22, 2017 05:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Barry. Oh that thinking thing needs little exercise! I think not! Enjoy your day! 

Oct 22, 2017 05:52 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gary. I would suggest that there are real facts that can't be disputed. How we react to them in my view defines who we are.

Oct 22, 2017 06:06 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Well said Gary! If only more people took this advice. Simply verifying the facts before hitting the "share" button on facebook would be a great start.

Oct 22, 2017 06:21 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Gary Woltal wow... powerful post.... thinking is the first and most important step with real estate marketing... we need to think as our target thinks... and that's often a difficult task....

Oct 22, 2017 06:33 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I can see why Kathy chose to highlight your post this week...great stuff!

Oct 22, 2017 07:19 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well, Gary, first people would have to THINK before they could apply critical thinking and right there in itself we've got a serious deficiency. Many people are too wound up in the immediate present, believing the world revolves around them and playing Candy Crush, to find the time to ponder consequences, much less to consider the SOURCE and to seek information ONLY from reliable sources.

When you've got the gorillas stomping on our trusted sources of information and foxes in the hen house, causing confusion, upheaval, it only makes matters worse.

We've rolled back the clock to the 1950s and none of this is normal. With some of the Millinials, whose favorite expression seems to be TLDR (too long didn't read), their entire world is found on their cell. And to think people used to say television would rot your mind.

Oct 22, 2017 08:58 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

A great idea Gary even within the confines of today's diminished discipline and time. Here via Kathy!

Oct 22, 2017 08:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Gary

I think this is very powerful and insightful, and a really good reminder about not simply accepting what we hear or read as is, but to evaluate carefully with a, perhaps, skeptical mind.


Oct 22, 2017 10:25 PM
Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 602.710.8161 - Tempe, AZ
Tempe AZ Realtor - Your Home Close to Your Work!

Great points for reflection, Gary, and discussion.  I am glad that Kathy Streib featured this post and I followed you.

" FIND those few people in life you can discuss things with you, who may even vehemently disagree with you, but will still be your friend. They are rare"

Oct 23, 2017 07:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Gary Woltal ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured you post in her Sunday series of her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I've been out of town and catching up! The AR Gods must have been sleeping not to grant this one a gold star!

Oct 23, 2017 05:13 PM
Steven Nickens
Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

Gary, good to hear from you. I really like your post, something about respecting other people views. I usually tell people I agree with their right to be wrong, they usually stop and look at me and laugh, then tell me I am going to borrow that. Anyway good word for the times we live in Gary.

Oct 23, 2017 07:06 PM
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

These are great tips. People who will disagree with you, but still be your friend really are very rare. Thanks for sharing. This is a great idea for a resolution. 

Oct 25, 2017 09:20 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Gary, great moments of critical thinking on your part. 

My favorite of the above:

  • be open to early evidence you learn that there may even be contrary evidence that a conclusion might not be definite, but both sides have a point. Some issues turn out that way
Nov 08, 2017 03:59 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Gary Woltal,

What an excellent post with such great tips ..I noticed you hadn't been blogging lately and I wanted to drop in and say hello and I've missed your posts!

Nov 09, 2017 06:22 AM