For Part One of this blog post, please go to http://wp.me/p14d8z-bB.
In the previous post, I shared information on Edward de Bono’s “Six Thinking Hats”, and applied it to how individuals can view their personal world. By simply changing the lens through which you look, your perspective can shift. In de Bono’s program, each thinking role is identified with a colored symbolic “thinking hat.” By mentally wearing and switching “hats,” you can easily focus or redirect thoughts, a conversation, or a meeting.
Today, I’ll share the remaining three colored lenses with their general descriptions according to de Bono, as well as my perspective on its application in our personal lives.
The Yellow Hat symbolizes brightness and optimism. Under this hat you explore the positives and probe for value and benefit.
How you look at the world is learned. However, sometimes what we learned from past experiences no longer serves us the way we desire today. If you want to change a learned behavior, you need to do something differently. In the case of looking at a more optomistic view of life, you could start with keeping a Gratitude Journal. Ask yourself, “What am I grateful for?” and write it down. Try to find at least 5-10 things a day to be grateful for. By writing it down, you’ll begin noticing the elements of your life that are positive, uplifting and supportive.
The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It’s an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
As a Certified Dream Coach ®, this lens is near and dear to my heart. It’s the dreamer in you! If there was nothing stopping you, what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you be? How would you make things different? Remember when you were a kid, and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? What did you say When my son was seven, he wanted to be a veterinarian, a race car driver, and a scientist. Wow, kids dream and dream BIG! What’s your dream, goal, or desire? Allow your mind to go there, without putting the Black Lenses on! Allow yourself to DREAM!
The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It’s the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed.
This is the lens of Action. As you look through this lens, summarize what you’ve learned about yourself, your dreams, goals or desires. Make decisions about what you want to do and determine your next step. This doesn’t need to be a big step, just get into action! Don’t fret that it’s not perfect. Don’t worry that you don’t have all the answers…no one does! In the beginning, just do something every day to move you forward. As you move forward in action, you’ll be able to course correct as appropriate.
In closing, as you go through this process notice which lens is your dominant perspective. Do you normally wear the Green dreamer lens? How does this work for you? Which other lenses would help give you a more well-rounded perspective? Is the Black lens keeping you stuck? Are you entangled in the reality of the White lens, not knowing how to move forward? Try on a new pair of lenses and see your life in a new way!