Changing one’s habits of thought is a long-range project, happening over years, not weeks or months. Set aside the problems over which you have no control, concentrating your efforts on those problems you can potentially solve. Distinguish problems under your control from problems beyond your control.
The essential traits of a critical thinker require an extended period of development. How can we help ourselves and our students to practice better thinking in everyday life? 3) Figure out the information you need and actively seek that information. Recognize explicitly your limitations as far as money, time, and power.
Further details to our descriptions may need to be added for those who know little about critical thinking. This may involve direct action or a carefully thought-through wait-and-see strategy. What would you do differently if you could re-live the situation? Choose one intellectual trait---intellectual perseverance, autonomy, empathy, courage, humility, etc.--- to strive for each month, focusing on how you can develop that trait in yourself.
As time passes, you will notice patterns in your thinking. At the beginning of each day (perhaps driving to work or going to school) choose a problem to work on when you have free moments.
If a person is comfortable in a concrete and controllable universe, thinking into the future where predictability is limited can be an unsettling experience.