What do you do when you encounter information that challenges long-held beliefs?
Most of us get defensive to some degree. In fact, research shows that the more the information challenges our sense of self, the more threatened we feel and the more defensive we become, making us less likely to listen to or accept the information. The problem is we may ignore something truly helpful, something that could make our lives better.
“A reaction is typically quick, without much thought, tense and aggressive. It typically provokes more reactions, perpetuating a long line of hatefulness with nothing accomplished. A response typically provokes [constructive] discussion that leads to resolution.
“Reaction is quick. Response takes time.
“Reaction is emotion-filled. Response removes all emotion.”
Why is this important? Because this week, we’re going to challenge a long-held belief, something that you might react to negatively. In fact, when I was interviewing Dr. Lauren Porensky about her work and findings, we both agreed there were going to be a lot of people who would react negatively simply because her results don’t coincide with a story we’ve been telling for years about grazing management. Her results have implications for practices we’re invested in and that feels uncomfortable.
But that’s what “The Thinking Grazier” column is all about – looking at new information and considering what it means for how we manage our pastures and care for our livestock. My intent is never to be combative, but to simply offer information that gets that big brain of yours looking at something in a new way, so you can create new solutions, improve your management, and be a profitable, successful grazier. I hope it makes you go, “Hmm……”
With that in mind, I’ll leave you to enjoy this week’s “The Thinking Grazier.“
Thanks for reading!