Inner Growth Word of the Day: Judgment (Judgement)
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion. 1 b. an opinion so pronounced. 4 a. the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing. 4 b. an opinion or estimate so formed. 6. a proposition stating something believed or asserted.
Judgment in a sentence: Your judgment can express your final opinion following an in-depth evaluation for something regarding yourself or your life, or someone else and their life.
Judgment in action: If you judge a situation based on an evaluation or an authoritative opinion, it doesn’t mean your judgment is final or can’t change.
Judgment and inner growth: Judgment is a tricky one because sometimes it closes us off to evaluating alternative insights on a specific person or situation. On the other hand, it is good that one decides for themselves that something or someone is how they’ve decided. When it comes to inner growth, exploring why your judgment on ideas, people or situations are what they are can help. Through your questions, you understand your judgment better. You also allow for external inputs to have some voice and add to your insights instead of being closed off to them from the start.
Judgment and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about judgment? How do I use judgment in my life? How do I use judgment with others? What do I think about judgment? Is judgment a given or is it something flexible for me? Do I apply judgment to everything and everyone? How has judgment affected my life? How has my judgment affected my relationships and those around me? Is there something I would change about my judgment? If yes, in what circumstances?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with judgment at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. If you had to pick one word from the list you just made that represents your judgement, which word would it be and why that word? What does this tell you about the way you apply judgment in your life, towards yourself and others?
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about judgment and when doing that I want you to try and really focus on what your initial feeling was, before you started thinking about judgment. Once you’ve identified that feeling try to allow that one to flow and if it keeps getting disrupted by other feelings, make a note of what types of feelings they are and explore why you think you’re getting those types of feelings too.
Your turn – Share your judgment sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂