2018 MKE Week 18 – Judgmental

Franklin Makeover

This week in my Franklin makeover, my word is discipline.

I am disciplining myself to be a non-judgmental observer of life. I find that I am extremely judgmental according to the dictionary.

Being the Non-judgmental Observer

I used to think that being judgmental meant finding fault and I had pretty much given that up (except for criticizing myself, but I am overcoming that). I looked at the dictionary for guidance and found this:


  1. involving the use or exercise of judgment.
  2. tending to make moral judgments:
    • to avoid a judgmental approach in dealing with divorced couples.

That led me to looking at judgment.


  1. an act or instance of judging.
  2. the ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action; good sense; discretion:
    • a man of sound judgment.
  3. the demonstration or exercise of such ability or capacity:
    • The major was decorated for the judgment he showed under fire.
  4. the forming of an opinion, estimate, notion, or conclusion, as from circumstances presented to the mind:
    • Our judgment as to the cause of his failure must rest on the evidence.
  5. the opinion formed:
    • He regretted his hasty judgment.
  6. Law.
    1. a judicial decision given by a judge or court.
    2. the obligation, especially a debt, arising from a judicial decision.
    3. the certificate embodying such a decision and issued against the obligor, especially a debtor.

Which, of course, led me to judging.


verb (used without object), judged, judg·ing.
  1. to act as a judge; pass judgment:
    • No one would judge between us.
  2. to form an opinion or estimate:
    • I have heard the evidence and will judge accordingly.

And there you have it, we are judging whether we form a good or bad opinion of something. Much more challenging to be non-judgmental than I thought. A work in progress.

As part of my discipline, I wrote a new chapter for my upcoming book. You can read it here if you want.

See you next week.

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