- a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.
“I’m writing to voice my opinion on an issue of great importance”
Synonyms: belief, judgment, thought(s), (way of) thinking, mind (point of) view, viewpoint, outlook, attitude, stance, position, perspective, persuasion
- the beliefs or views of a large number or majority of people about a particular thing. “the changing climate of opinion”
- an estimation of the quality or worth of someone or something. “I had a higher opinion of myself than I deserved”
Through participation in The Master Key Experience, we are challenged in week 5 to have no opinions and to practice skills of the Observer. This our third year participating in MKE and the timing of the exercise this year is quite interesting (there really is no such thing as a coincidence).
Becoming the Observer is a vital step to recognizing our internal dialogue that precedes our outbursts and judgements. This exercise will help us build stronger neuropathways as we practice R2A2.
Recognize: to identify the principle, idea, or technique
Relate: to connect or join together; to establish a relationship to your own life
Assimilate: to make similar or alike: to incorporate; to absorb; to become a part of your thinking and action
Apply: follow through and act upon
Each step in this formula is important, but when combined become powerful. By using the formula, you will be able to focus the spotlight on the Success Principles that directed and guided Napoleon Hill and many other successful people to achieve their objectives. Source: PMA Science of Success. Educational Edition. The Napoleon Hill Foundation. 1984. Pgs. x-xi.
Becoming the Observer requires we develop a heightened awareness of the thoughts that arise from our ego when we mentally compare ourselves to others. A good Observer must take pause, be neutral, mindful, in the moment, and cognizant that there is a choice in how one responds. “When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue.” Source: The Greatest Salesmen in the World. Og Mandino, Scroll II.
Becoming the Observer is not easy and may cause some uncomfortable feelings. We’ve heard people say, I can’t go without my phone for a week.” So, how about this? Can you go without having an opinion for a week?
Peace on your journey,
(Keith and I are combining blogs — we are a team you see! Please continue to visit us at http://masterkey.keithmccauley.com/)