Fast Thinkers

By Darius Foroux

Stop Extrapolating Your Perceptions

You’ve heard it before, but seriously: Don’t jump to conclusions. Focus more on your first impression and less on what everything “means.”

I bet that you’re extrapolating your perceptions all the time. Let me give you a few examples and tell whether I’m wrong.

  • “House prices will probably keep increasing.”
  • “That person will never change.”
  • “My business will keep growing.”
  • “I will never learn from my mistakes.”
  • “He doesn’t like me.”

We often have these type of thoughts multiple times a day. The root of this problem is our quick judgment.

While thoughts can be generated and acted upon within 150 milliseconds, that doesn’t mean we should follow through on every single thought that pops into our mind.

Originally published on September 20, 2018