This “Sight Line” is provided as a supplement to Chapter 8 of 20/20 Mind Sight, “A Kind Of Salvation” – Face Down Your Fears. For maximum benefit, please read the chapter prior to completing the exercise.
20/20 Sight Line: Monkey Wrench
We’ve long been advocates of playing the role of the devil’s advocate in business, but the approach works equally well in our personal lives. The vast majority of our beliefs could be strengthened – or decimated – simply by tossing a monkey wrench into the mix. Unfortunately, it’s a technique that requires a level of confidence and spiritual courage that is rarely found in a society that celebrates consensus and frowns upon intellectual curiosity. Nonetheless, monkey-wrench questioning would be an invaluable exercise for the vast majority of us, and it’s simple. Just use this template:
Your questions will need to be worded differently for each of your indoctrinated beliefs, but make sure you can ask and answer at least three probing questions for each belief. And, above all else, make sure your responses do not depend on other indoctrinated judgments and convictions.
20/20 Sight Line: Who’s In Control?
Since being introduced by Dr. Rotter, the Locus of Control Scale has been studied, tested and tweaked by dozens of psychologists. Many of these versions are available on the web for self-scoring. We would recommend trying two or three of the versions and see if your scores are consistent.
Start with the URL links below.
- Mind Tools: Locus of Control: http://2020minds.com/LocusOfC
- UNC-Charlotte: Locus of Control: http://2020minds.com/LocusTest