Updated: Mar 11
Challenging personal beliefs helps Gen Z develop critical thinking skills, broaden perspectives, and be open to new experiences and ideas. This leads to personal growth and improved communication and relationships with others." Says National Award Winning design educationist Prof. Gaurav Mandal. Here are 10 exercises to challenge and come out of your belief system:
Identify your beliefs: Write down your beliefs and where they came from. Challenge their validity. How to start identifying believes.
Reflect on your values and explore how they shape your beliefs.
Identify influential people, such as family or friends, who have influenced your beliefs.
Analyze past experiences and significant events that have impacted your beliefs.
Examine your current beliefs and where they come from.
Seek out new information, engage in conversations, and read books or articles that challenge your current beliefs.
Seek alternative perspectives: Seek out and listen to other perspectives and opinions, especially those that challenge your beliefs.
Explore new experiences: Try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone. This can open up new perspectives and challenge your beliefs.
Ask questions: Ask yourself and others questions about your beliefs, and be open to different answers.
Write down your beliefs about a specific topic, and then ask yourself why you hold those beliefs.
Consider different perspectives and ask yourself what evidence supports or contradicts your beliefs.
Ask others for their opinions and perspectives, and try to understand where they are coming from.
Ask yourself how your beliefs might be limiting or serving you, and explore alternatives.
Continuously challenge your beliefs by asking yourself if they are still valid and relevant in different contexts.
Practice critical thinking: Analyze and evaluate evidence and arguments to assess the validity of your beliefs.
Challenge your assumptions: Question your assumptions and biases, and be open to the possibility that they may be wrong.
Question your assumptions and biases.
Identify instances where your assumptions may have caused you to make incorrect judgments.
Practice active listening to understand different perspectives.
Consider alternative explanations for situations or events.
Seek feedback from others to gain a more objective perspective.
Expose yourself to diversity: Surround yourself with people from different backgrounds and cultures to broaden your understanding of the world.
Reflect on your experiences: Reflect on your past experiences and how they may have shaped your beliefs.
Embrace uncertainty: Accept that some things may not have clear-cut answers, and be willing to sit with the discomfort of uncertainty.
Be willing to change: Be open to changing your beliefs if evidence and reasoning indicate that they are incorrect or harmful.
Practice mindfulness to observe resistance to change and challenge negative thoughts.
Set small goals and take incremental steps towards change.
Seek support from a trusted friend or therapist.
Practice self-compassion and be patient with yourself.
Reframe change as an opportunity for growth and learning.
About The author
Gaurav Mandal is a fashion educator and leader, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of design professionals. He is recipient of two national awards from the Indian Government for his contributions to the fashion industry. A NIFT Delhi Gold Medalist fashion designer , he completed his Fashion Marketing master’s degree from Nottingham Trent University, UK. He teaches millions of students through his YouTube Channel and works with several NGO’s for imparting creative education.
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