Contemplative Thinking vs. Actionable Thinking

Thinking is that mental process which allows us to know and act in this world. It use information as input and its results are ideas and actions. Thinking doesn’t stop even when we are sleeping, so it is crucial to be aware what we are thinking about, because our thoughts produce our moods, our acts and finally our lives.

Contemplative Thinking is a solipsistic phenomenon, it is content with its own activity, and its final purpose is its own process. Actionable Thinking is an extrovert process, because, in this case, someone doesn’t think for the sake of thinking, but for the sake of action. Even more, action in itself isn’t the final purpose but Results. So, a simplistic scheme will look like this: Actionable Thinking —> Action —> Results.

In the case of Contemplative Thinking, the venerated value is Knowledge. It is the interest of knowing that drive contemplative thinking. Most valued, in the case of Actionable Thinking, isn’t Action, as it may seem, but Results. There are actions without results, without aimed results. In this situation, we can say that Actionable Thinking and process of action was wrong or unproductive, and that they must be revised and adjusted to attain the aimed results.

Even if Contemplative Thinking is thinking for the sake of thinking, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have Results. First of all, it is a kind of an Act, the Act of contemplative thinking. Second, it produces results, even if contemplative thinking doesn’t aim to results. The results of this kind of thinking are Ideas. Most of these Ideas are as contemplative as the activity that produced them. But, contemplative thinking produces also Actionable Ideas, and some of the contemplative ideas may suggest actionable ones.

People who are governed by the Contemplative Thinking are like philosophers; they produce Ideas and are less inclined to act. People ruled by Actionable Thinking are like fighters, they want to act and transform the world. They like to act and are less inclined to think. But, there are also people who like to think as well as to act, I like to name them “Thinking Actors”, they produce ideas and also implement them.

How do you think? Which kind of thinking dominates your consciousness?