Self Development
Objectivity Versus Subjectivity

by Richard Brody
Do you know that it is so much easier to be objective about others and their actions and motivations, than it is to be that way when we examine ourselves? Why is it so? How does it affect us? Find out in this thought provoking article.
Why is it that it is so much easier to be objective about others and their actions and motivations, than it is to be that way when we examine ourselves? Why do we permit our personal view or attitude towards another (that is, whether we like or dislike someone) dictate how we view something? Do we permit our personal biases or prejudgments taint our attitudes or the way we handle matters? Do we often go through life fooling ourselves either consciously or subconsciously, by refusing to honestly examine what makes us come to certain notions or ideas, rather than understanding our preconceptions, but doing all we can to not permit them to taint our behaviors?
  1. Many people emphasize as their major priority maintaining their comfort zone and protecting it, rather than enhancing the quality of their decisions and determinations. The ability to be objective about one's self requires a high level of self confidence and inner fortitude. Often, our personal defense mechanisms lead us to emphasize protecting how we feel about ourselves, rather than trying to get better and do things at a higher level. Objectivity does not mean putting one's self down, or becoming negative and embracing a can't do philosophy. Rather, when we use the concept of being objective to improve, it permits us to honestly identify both our strengths and our weaknesses. Only when this is done can we use our strengths to their fullest, while addressing our weaknesses through either training, learning, practice or some other method.

  2. When we let our preconceived notions direct our actions, we eliminate many opportunities. Rather than permitting biases to taint our judgment, the wisest individuals understand them, identify why they feel that way, but remain open to alternative ideas and methodologies.

  3. In my over three decades of training thousands in matters of personal development and self help, I have come to realize that almost nobody ever admits their weaknesses, and I believe in a large percentage of cases, the reason is not that they are consciously fooling themselves, but rather subconsciously deceive themselves. One of the most personally destructive behaviors that many people engage in, is their propensity towards fooling themselves. They end up convincing themselves that their motivations are more positive than they often are, and that they maintain their integrity when they often fail to. Imagine if the effort used to fool ourselves were used towards making ourselves better, how much more might be accomplished.

Objectivity opens our eyes while subjectivity often blinds us! The more objective we can be, the fairer we can view and do what needs to get done.

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to over a thousand leaders, and conducted personal development seminars, for over 30 years. Rich has written three books and well over a thousand articles. His company, PLAN2LEAD, LLC has an informative website and Plan2lead can also be followed on Facebook

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