Blindly trusting everything we see and hear can be a recipe for disaster for one simple reason… humans have a way of spinning the narrative to fit their motives – the narrative they tell themselves and then turnaround and share with others.
Everyone does it, and right now, it's happening all around us.
So now more than ever, with everything we're seeing, hearing, and experiencing in our personal and professional lives (and potentially acting on), it is critical that we are thoughtful and deliberate with our decisions to either trust or verify.
A great way to do this is to always maintain a healthy level of skepticism.
- Listen and take it all in.
- Ask questions for clarification and deeper understanding.
- Be as objective as possible.
- Be aware of your emotional response. Do your best to regulate it so it doesn't cloud your judgment.
- Listen to your intuition.
In doing so, you'll...
- choose to 'verify first' more often,
- avoid the negative consequences that come with blindly trusting those you shouldn't, and
- maintain full control of the thoughts and beliefs in your own mind.