What confirms your beliefs and objective facts determine what you see

Food For Thought: Are you CHERRY PICKING❓

💡 Cherry picking is a logical fallacy that occurs when we may focus only on selective evidence that supports our judgements, whilst consciously choosing to ignore evidence which may contradict it. A simpler way to remember this type of behaviour is often called confirmation bias.

However, when we choose to cherry pick in anything we do, whether personal or business, the exciting feeling of “I was right”; MAY NOT in fact be that, and here is why:

✅ By only searching for satisfaction that confirms our belief, we may NOT challenge ourselves to our true potential i.e. make room for a growth mindset
✅ By doing this, we ignore, suppress and potentially do not see, or do not test for disconfirming evidence for any of our ideas.

✅ Cherry Picking is often done at a conscious and subconscious level, and many studies suggest we do not believe what we see, rather we see what we believe and seek to confirm our ideas in subtle ways. 

✅ Being aware of this tendency is the first step in overcoming it. To become more aware of this tendency, study a book on optical illusions or paradoxes.

💧 Remember, self reflection never hurts, it only helps! So, the next time one decides to cherry pick, ask: Am I only seeing the evidence confirming my position (red cherries) and suppressing the disconfirming evidence (green cherries). 💧