#04 DFQ

The First Law of Thinking:

The current view of the situation (cvs)

can never be equal to

the better view of the situation (bvs)

George H. Gallup, Founder of The Gallup Poll:

What the School of Thinking is doing to teach people to think for themselves may be the most important thing going on in the world today.


What ‘thinking for yourself’, have you done most recently? What core idea have you risen above? What box have you escaped from? What is your most recent cvs2bvs? Write a 25-word paragraph …

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  1. I have done Thinking about Self Confidence. Found out Self Confidence must come from inside based on What We are. Then It is Permanent. Self Confidence should not be based on Results or What We Did.

  2. Beginning the SOT was my CVS to BVS moment. Doing the same as everyone else is limiting my own business potential so expanding outside the norm has seen some improvement but more can be done.

  3. What do I want or need to achieve in the next year to sustain and improve the results I’ve achieved this year? What is going to be the thing that makes the difference to my performance or helps me realise my potential? That’s the thinking I’ve had recently, and I’ve realised that I’ve been constrained by the thoughts that a) what’s the point and b) where would I get time to do this? I’ve challenged that self-thought and discovered a path that I want to progress – taking the first step is what it’s all about – the rest will fall into place afterwards. I’ve escaped the box of procrastination!

  4. I have very recently started to challenge my preconceived thoughts around colleagues. I have naturally gravitated away from assertive people as I believe that assertiveness is a negative trait that I personally don’t want to see within a workplace. I have challenged this thinking to now understand that assertiveness and any other skill or trait that I don’t value isn’t necessarily wrong or doesn’t have a place in the environment I am in.
    I’ve risen above my initial idea and have escaped from my narrow minded box.

  5. In a new position asking myself why things are done this way and challenging this by thinking how things can be done more sustainable and efficient. Having the courage to ask why and seek an alternative.

  6. The most recent thinking I have made myself or recent cvs2bvs is the act of registering to this program where I am learning to think on a more systematic way than before.

  7. Where I thought I don’t know enough, I’m finding repetition of concepts I’ve been working with for decades. I’m reminded again that my accumulated selling/leadership knowledge and honed intuitions is appropriate to diverse businesses.Why am I building a cathedral for a congregation of non believers? Time to move on.

  8. Instead of carrying out renovations myself this time, I would seek out an expert and have them draw up designs for the home improvements. I would then take these to a property valuer and have the alterations/additions valued to gain an idea on how much value they would bring to the home. I could then weigh up the cost verses the benefit before procceding with the project.

  9. My most recent core idea I have risen above is that…. my perception of myself is not the same as others perceive me. I need to slow things down, take a breath and look out from within.

  10. A core idea that I need to rise above is that I need to do ealmost everything myself. I need to be able to delegate, to relinquish control by trusting other people.

    1. This kind of insight is using LT at it’s best. Thinking outside our OWN box is the hardest one to do. Edward used to say that the most difficult feat of human thinking is escaping from our own point-of-view, Nice one Jamie.

  11. One recent insight, having just had a child, is the amount of effort and work that goes into developing a child in the early years. One then becomes much more thankful for your own upbringing and parents. The same goes for leadership in an organisation. Although you may try and impart knowledge onto a team mate they may not recognise the value until they are imparting onto others. If they get to that stage, then I guess you know you’ve done a good job. It won’t happen overnight though.

  12. I escaped from box of expectation from others. Whenever I do something I start to expect a preferred outcome based on my view of the world. Some other times I have also expected people to behave in a certain way AND many times I have been able to escape my own expectations. This has freed up my thinking for more creativity and prevented negative emotions helping me be happier .

  13. Although I have a very good comfortable job I have always seen myself as an entrepreneur. I want to be able to serve my clients the way that I think would create tremendous value for them. I want to be able to reap the rewards of my labor and creativity. SO I have set up a plan for myself to escape from my CVS to a much better BVS. I want to be an entrepreneur that solves peoples problems and creates value for my clients. TO be able to create a business that can do very well by doing good.

  14. I sometimes ask myself: what does make me choose one pursuit over a nother !?
    Now, I believe that it’s what turely motiveates me…

    Recently, I spoke with my team in our NGO, and shared with them some of my ideas about how they can start to think lateraly and how to find the suitable thing they need to do.
    I told them a rule that I have concluded from using SDNT “Start with something you can do , then Do it until you can become good at it , and clearly understand what you are doing, Then Share your action-based outcomes in a way that helps other people”.
    I actually begin to discard the unhelpful idea that is ” some people are born with high level of skills” … It’s just not true.

  15. I have been trying to apply the concepts learned here to the work I do, to my lifestyle and the general work around the house. A current cvs2bvs would be thinking outside the box. Currently I tend to just jump into taskswithout much planning and a better way to do this would be to plan by lateral thinking. To foresee or predict outcomes of varying quality and plan to improve on them to achieve a higher quality.

  16. For many years I’ve been, and have worked in areas that are, very outcome focused. As such I have often been in the mindset that effort doesn’t count, only outcomes (or successes) count. While I may have still been able to be successful in this mindset, there has been added pressure and procrastination that has stemmed from this belief. After learning the SDNT process I’m now trying to view starting as a “win”, which is helping me reduce my procrastination and increase my motivation.

  17. One of the core ideas (CVS) which I have recently “escaped” from and therefore creating a BVS has been about how armed conflicts can end. For the longest time, I have believed that helping “elite” parties, i.e. government, military, the leadership of the revolutionary fronts, negotiate and enter into agreements will bring peace and end armed conflicts. My CVS has changed. My BVS (or the new CVS) is that peace cannot happen despite negotiations and accords by the political and security elites because these “elites” precisely have interests which they cloak under the guise of peace but are really about preserving the status quo. The elites are not best positioned to pursue peace because peace requires the upending of the present dominant power structures. i.e., a radical change of the status quo, which these “elite” dominate and benefit from. It would be against their self-interest to negotiate a just and landing peace.

  18. The most current cvs2bvs occurred a few weeks back when my business partner and I were rethinking our approach to getting clients. We had both come from the software world and had happily divided the market into consumer and business segments. We spent months developing both sides and while it was working well, it wasn’t working fast enough. We rethought our model and realised that the traditional business segment was taking too much time and resources. We redeployed them towards the consumer segment knowing that out of talking with consumers, a percentage of the sales will evolve into business sales. We’ve started to see signs of that idea.

  19. My most recent cvs2bvs has been to move on from the “hindsight if only syndrome”. It was actually while doing dfq#2 that I realised just how much I was doing this and what an anchor this was to my progress.

  20. Escaping from CVS of what can I do for the team to the BVS of how can I enable the team so that they can do X10 more than what I can do.

  21. The closest recent example of a mental shift occurred in my work as an anaesthetist. An elderly patient presented with a subtle but life threatening surgical condition. I realised that her surgery should not be delayed. Instead of seeing her surgery as an imposition to be done at the end of the day’s routine work, I drove the process to ensure that it was done at the ideal time to maximise her chances of recovery.
    To use a mathematical metaphor, instead of being a dependent variable (dependent on other operators and factors) I decided to act as an independent variable and drive the right process which others followed.
    I guess this is good leadership but the realisation of what was needed was a CVS to BVS shift.

  22. My CVS is that I am rolling in one place in life but with my BVS I want to transform my changes into positive things doing in my everyday activities,

  23. My initial reaction ‘so much to do so little done’. I need to learn Spanish & trying to exploit ‘chatbot’ technology to overcome lack of cultural immersion opportunities (CVS2BVS?).

  24. I have dietary requirements which I have had for over a decade. All this time I have living in fomo (fear of missing out) that I will never eat the good things in life and that my life is worse than other people’s lives because of this requirement. Recently my digestion of various foods has worsened and I managed to convince myself that I should take my dietary requirements seriously and cut out all the foods which may cause me discomfort. To my surprise I discovered a bunch of foods that I have been avoiding for years that I can actually eat, and honestly, my gut feels better, plus I am not even craving most of the foods I’ve given up.

  25. It is now very clear to me that I need to rise above major inhibitors in my life: perceived lack of ‘security of person’, retirement stress, my autonomic nervous system.

  26. The core idea is that the information I need is not available. This CVS infiltrates many areas or applications. Can social media be exploited [in a positive way] & allow me to switch to a BVS?

  27. that what we are trying to pull together has been done before and that theres an acceptable model we should plagiarise. I longed to do it differently but those around me are locked into a CVS that they cant escape from – ive built an alternative that they are starting to understand and move towards – so slowly though

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