Monday Miracle: Wisdom

Have you got good wisdom?

Sometimes the answer is yes, and other times the answer is no. Wisdom can be categorized in a multitude of ways according to a myriad of  situations. Is it wise to cross the street when cars are zooming through the intersection? Most likely not, unless you are being chased by a hungry tiger.  Is it wise to remain silent and forever hold your opinion? Maybe or maybe not depending on the “teachable moment.”

The age old questions probes, what is wisdom?

Wisdom is as wisdom does, possibly so. Some assert that wisdom begets truth. But, is truth always wise in all ways? Some posit that wisdom is gained through age and experience. However, can a baby be wise enough to know to stay away from a hot stove.  David Jordon, a scientist, asserts that “Wisdom is knowing what to do; virtue is doing it.” But, can mankind be wise in spite of virtue?

Aristotle says that wisdom is knowing yourself. Socrates says that true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.  Knowing nothing about yourself is unwise for it is in the knowing and the strength of experience that you gain wisdom. Success flows from the wisdom of experience, experimenting, and execution.  Therein, actual success in all dimensions is dependent upon wisdom.

Experience

Experience (Photo credit: MTSOfan)

Alexandre Dumas, another though leader, believed that wisdom requires you to wait and hope. Yes, the success minded should wait and drink deep from the fountain of hope but the canonizing of wisdom also predicates decisive action. Maybe wisdom mimics a walk in someone else’s shoes.

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Confucius

Wisdom may be bittersweet; it may too be the sweetest reward. Either way, with wisdom you get to choose the healthiest and most heart-centered way to internalize the wise learning you get from the experience.

Be wise, get wisdom.

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Monday Miracle: Patience

Today’s culture is fast-paced, full of cell phone transmissions, text messages, Facebook postings, Instagram notices, and Twitter tweets. Frenzy, even multiple smart phones is understood as normal.  Even so, patience is valuable.

Not everything should be instant. Patient deliberations are necessary, even in a frenetic fast-paced world.  Aresenio Hall, in a recent interview with Oprah on her OWN network, told Oprah that it took five years before a network accepted his “comeback” show idea for his late night talk show. He persistently shopped his idea to various networks and sought council from close friends such as Magic Johnson, Jay Leno, David Letterman to get their insight and confirmations.

Five years-that’s patience. Patience implies an intentional act of slowing down to consider options.  Consulting and deliberating is a mantra of success. Haste oftentimes leads to muddled disaster. Sure, it is correct to ponder and think about approaching decisions but over-thinking can also precipitate disaster. Success is a blend of patience and persistence.

Persistent patience is a virtue. What this means is that while you are deliberating or consulting with others whom you trust about an issue you are also plotting the needed steps to conclude with getting what you want.

Use discernment to your advantage. If you have a network of colleagues, friends and peers you can talk to-do so. If not, consider getting a mentor or being a part of a mastermind group. This way, you can bounce ideas, clarify your goal, and solicit the support you need to succeed. Neither of these steps are instant matters, patience is required but because of your diligence and persistence you will engage door-opening opportunities that would not have happened without patience.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.
~Napoleon Hill

Slow down, practice persistent patience.  Strengthen your capacity, diligently work-sweat a little. Think, think and think some more as you plot your actions. Oftentimes knowing that others believe you are capable of fulfilling your goal gives you the encouragement needed to embrace all of the stimulating growth challenges ahead.

Patience may prolong a decision, but the answer is solid.

Monday Miracle: Trust

Trust should be earned, it is not an inalienable right in any relationship.  Even so, the ability to trust others is power. Why? Trust is the motor oil of life. Your quality of life pivots upon the ability to have trusting relationships. Otherwise, what are relationships for?

Rather than live a cautious, suspicious life-learn to trust others upon building a more than instinctual relationship. Get to know the integrity of the person, pay attention to what is important to them to see if there is true compatibility, and wait for the chemistry of trust to materialize.  Trust is earned; don’t give away your power.

Some trusting relationships fail, still value the trusted relationships that you have. Although you may feel anger, disappointment for the moment in them and within yourself it does not mean that you lack the ability to form trusting relationships or that all people cannot be trusted.  Regain trust, for it is a part of your life force.

“Trust starts with truth and ends with truth.”
~Santosh Kalwar,

You can regain your trust in others by:

  • restoring a self-trust, acknowledge  the truth that you have a strong ability to trust yourself even when others make mistakes which pain you.
  • Look for the truth.  You may want to quietly reflect, think deeply and honestly about the present betrayal you feel. Allow your intuition to become your north star guide to resolve the trust issue.
  • Remember the good decisions you have made which blossomed your ability to trust. Never linger too long is the valley of doubt. Move past this infraction, restore your ability to trust.

Listening to your intuition will help you determine the right action to take to reestablish your sense of trust. When we have been stung by another person’s lack of honesty, it can be easy to dismiss from our feelings. But, trust requires honesty on both parties. Therefore, you should not bury your emotions and move on as if nothing happened. Instead, evaluate whether the relationship should be restored and how you will proceed or decide the breech signifies a permanent break

Trust yourself and deal with others honestly. Develop and cherish relationships that are built on trust, truth and understanding-this is your lifeline to happiness and success.

Wednesday Wisdom: Steadfastness

Keep on trucking…do you remember that 70’s saying? If not, that phrase was common then as a motivator to be steadfast in what you are pursuing.  Trucking on is as valuable today as it was then.  Steadfastness is a goal-maker.

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more. ” ~ Lou Vickery

Do a little bit more today. Serve your solid sense of responsibility. Take pride in both your work and your reputation for responsible, responsive action.  Make the effort to stretch your current boundaries; commit to delivering even more than is expected…keep trucking a little longer.

Steadfastness extends beyond merely meeting deadlines; rather, it is a dedication to reach a level not experienced before that gives you a glimpse of your inner strength and pure power.  You may choose to exercise five minutes more today. It may mean that you conclude a project not only before the deadline but that you expand the dimensions by going beyond what was expected. Steadfastness connotes delivery, taking concrete action to finish with flourish.

Steadfast behavior builds capacity. We all have the capacity to do more, go beyond your thought and action boundaries today-add one more step, reach beyond the goal post. See yourself expand…be steadfast and grow.

Keep on trucking, baby.