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!


delayed gratification

Deferred Living

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts” – Aristotle

All too often we dangle the carrot in front of our face.  We feel as though when we get our carrot will reach a state of happiness;

In the ongoing pursuit of carrots, ask yourself, has ideal ever been a steady and prolonged state?

delayed gratification

The fact is that we live our lives in a state of flux.  Just like the stock market or your blood pressure, both try to find a state of equilibrium, it they never truly do – at least not infinitely.

We will always be living in a life of flux.  So, accept your reality and give in to your dream vacation or house – right now.  The only disappointing thing is that you are still attached to these things looking and being a certain way.

Maybe your dream vacation is a simple weekend away, or your dream house is a new piece of second-hand furniture.  These small actions will provide huge reprieve when working towards your dreams and desires.

The sad reality is our egos are caught up in what things are supposed to look like, instead of accepting what they truly are.

See the beauty in your life for what it really is.  Accept your circumstances and be grateful for what you have.  Act and move now!  Because if these are the things you truly want … you can have them.

Don’t let your ego get in the way – let go of misconceptions – and allow yourself to enjoy it!