The more clearly we are aware of ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, the more likely our critical thinking will be productive.
Perhaps the most important element of thinking critically is foresight.
You must then discipline yourself to keep on track until changing circumstances mean you have to revisit the start of the decision making process.
However, there are things that get in the way of simple decision making.
It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.
Critical thinkers rigorously question ideas and assumptions rather than accepting them at face value.
Almost all decisions we make and implement don’t prove disastrous if we find reasons to abandon them.
However, our decision making will be infinitely better and more likely to lead to success if, when we reach a tentative conclusion, we pause and consider the impact on the people and activities around us.
For instance, moving a business activity to a new location may improve potential output considerably but it may also lead to the loss of skilled workers if the distance moved is too great.
Which of these is the more important consideration? These are the sort of problems that may arise from incomplete critical thinking, a demonstration perhaps of the critical importance of good critical thinking.