suspending judgement

Suspend Your Judgement

“To become good at anything you have to know how to apply basic principles. To become great at it, you have to know when to violate those principles” – Garry Kasparov

Thinking outside the box requires a special technique called epoché – a suspension of judgement before you act.

We are often subjected to various forms of entertainment throughout the day.  I find it odd that we are often the ones being entertained however, as we receive various emotional and visceral reactions to the stimuli around us.

How do we take charge, reverse the roles, and become the entertainer in our own lives?  How do we become the master and entertain the ideas or circumstances that are presented to us?

The truth is, we can tease out a good idea from a contextual situation with the maturity, substance, and panache if we do it correctly.

Suspending judgement, known as epoché, was derived from ancient Greek philosophers.  Epoché is a way to come up with deeper solution to a burning question or situation.  This idea of suspended judgement comes up throughout the history of philosophy and undoubtedly is a powerful tool for critical thinking.

suspending judgement

I noticed this principle come to the forefront when playing a game of chess, I suspended my judgement on a move I was about to make – and asked “what else?”

“What am I not seeing?  Is there another way to look at this?” I challenged my brain to entertain the thought, idea, or context of the situation I was presented with – the game board – I suspended for moment and then I acted – creating a check mate I did not originally see.

Don’t let the final act fool you.  The anticipation can entice you down the wrong road if you are not paying attention.  Remember, you have the power to think critically in that little minuscule place between presentation and action – use it!


Fulfillment & Excellence

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.  It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved” – William Jennings Bryan

In today’s buzzing world things are flying at us at a rate that is faster than ever before.  Things that were relevant and dire at one point can become seemingly obsolete the next. The power of rapidly advancing technology grants us better and better tools to use each and every day.  And, in an ever-changing reality, we are faced with living from one moment to the next.

It’s a struggle to keep up, especially when our lives are being prescribed to us.

In reading “The Dark Horse” written by Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas, I realized that there is a dichotomy between chasing excellence in a standardized life or chasing fulfillment in a chaotic and uncertain one.  Todd makes the argument that by chasing fulfillment we will achieve excellence.  This is an important distinction to make, because doing it the other way around means we may never get to feel fulfilled, despite following the recipe or the path we are prescribed.

Fulfilling Your Health

This message really resonated with me, because when I work with people who are interested in improving their health and wellness, most have a preconceived notion of what it means to be healthy – lift weights and start exercising.

When in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Health and wellness is more about fulfillment and living your best life, rather than chasing excellence by following these preconceived conditions.

That’s why I built the Health Index, a tool that’s used to generate a health score from 0-100.  It’ll give you a breakdown of what you can focus on, not just strength or endurance.

In a world where personalized service is becoming the preferred method of delivery, the Health Index will have a detailed report (coming soon), that will allow you to discern what areas of health is most important for you to work on.  So if you’re interested, take the quiz, I’d be interested to see what comes up for you!