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Rewiring our minds is often about challenging the manner in which we think about things.  For example, I used to think that being a "conviction-driven" person was a great thing.  Then I realized that it can also be very harmful if my so-called "convictions" are steeped in fallible thinking. I do not believe that we should swing some pendulum and not have convictions – that'd be no good either.  But I do have to wonder how our convictions can lead to prejudices and judgements; how claiming convictions serves our deep need to be right.  Being overly "conviction-driven" has led me down some crazy paths where, in the end, I don't listen to others and effectively judge them when they don't think exactly like I do.

Is it possible to hold fast to my beliefs and allow others to have theirs?  


I realized not long ago that this is an area of growth for me.  But, for the sake of awareness, I wonder how we might all grow from this?  Having convictions is good.  Allowing convictions to flourish into action is something my company helps people with everyday.  But I have found that "conviction-drivenness" can be a pretense in our minds for no longer listening to others and/or challenging our own thinking.


Emotional intelligence is, in part, the willingness and courage to think about how we think – even if it means calling into question the things we thought we were absolutely right about.


I'll end with a little etymology. The word conviction is a latin-based word that literally means "with victory."  That's great.  Winning is good.  Thinking about winning is fine too.  But steeping my thinking in a longing to be in the winner's circle?  Not so much.


Let's have convictions. Let's think with victory in mind. But let's also be aware of  when our convictions are short-circuiting the process for growth and interaction with others.  That's a rewiring we can use.