Following up to my last post. Instead of using your opinions to screen out facts that would help you make sense of the situation, set aside your opinions and let the facts help you form a new opinion or strategy that guides you more effectively. Almost like a good homicide detective uses the facts and then creates the theory that allows him to nail the perpetrator.

The hard part is making sure you are collecting truthful and enlightening facts. Here’s some hints for making sure you see the facts clearly, that will help you move forward.

  • Access a number of sources.
  • Scrutinize the validity and objectivity of the sources. Is it a credible source, and do they regularly report data in an objective manner. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, both biased editorially(one to the left the other to the right), do a great job of gathering and reporting factual data from which you can make up your own mind. I read them regularly because of this.
  • Avoid factual information put forth by pundits. Pundits and many so called analysts only report the facts that support their views. And pundits really only say things to get a rise out of their readers or listeners. They are trying to pump up their names to sell commercials or air time.
  • Check out the credentials of the person spouting the facts. Do they have the backgrounds necessary to support their so called expertise.
  • And find a way to cut through the over reported non-news. How many times has something been reported that isn’t news or is old news reported earlier. The re-reporting of old news or non-news is a real problem. It tourques up the stress.

Good luck.