We are able to act more wisely at work when we choose to manage our minds in such a way that enables us to act from a grounded core of being.
Wisdom is when we shift into an intuitive mode to integrate the information and experience a deeper sense of “knowing” and inner clarity.
Imagine and then find yourself imbued with these seven wisdom qualities at work:
Wisdom comes into being when we pause to consider all the experiences and data we’ve accumulated related to a situation. It comes when we move beyond our normal modes of thought and stop judging our colleagues, and start to see the bigger picture.
1. Wise individuals tend to be grounded in their own bodies, experientially aware, tuned in to the present moment, and connected with the world. They are completely authentic, not trying to be someone else or prove anything.
Imagine how you would shine at work if you chose to focus more intently and regularly on your own dynamic physical presence.
2. Wise people tend to be less fearful. They have learned to release worries and anxiety.
Consider how much more effective you could be at work if you acted with less anxiety and more acceptance of reality. Then you could make decisions based on what is right, not on what is the easiest and safest.
3. Wise people are not judgmental. Their wisdom comes from a quality of consciousness that perceives reality without prejudice, and therefore sees a situation clearly.
How would people respond to you if you judged them less, accepting them more—and therefore encouraged empathy at work and regularly perceived your various challenges with more clarity and insight?
4. Wise people feel more compassionate and connected. At this level, people often talk about “thinking and acting from the heart” as a key quality of wisdom. Wise leaders have learned how to integrate their cognitive experience in the head with their emotional experience in the heart.
Imagine if you were able to see the best in your colleagues at work and feel a deep sense of connection and empathy for them. Imagine if all of your team did the same.
5. Wise people know how to shift from the tightness of their habitual thinking mind into that open-to-receive state of consciousness, in which insights and inspiration can flash into being from their total-brain experience.
Imagine yourself regularly choosing to shift into the quality of mind in which you access your own greater intuitive functions, and thus become the one at work with insights that are respected and employed.
6. Wise leaders either spontaneously or through concerted inner training know how to make their final expansion of their mental performance so that all five dimensions of consciousness are activated at once.
Imagine being able to harness the great power of wisdom within your own consciousness so that you regularly shift into the true state of “knowing” at work—and express your vision clearly and fearlessly.
7. Finally—wise leaders know when to act and when not to act. They might sometimes seem quiet and reflective, yet they can shift into powerful action when needed. They are decisive and not afraid of making difficult decisions, which they wholeheartedly follow through to completion.
Imagine developing your capacity to know when you are right, and then having the courage to act on your decisions—with certainty and integrity.
Adapted from Take Charge of Your Mind, by Paul Hannam and John Selby (Hampton Roads, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Paul Hannam and John Selby. Reprinted by permission of Hampton Roads.
Adapted from Take Charge of Your Mind, by Paul Hannam and John Selby (Hampton Roads, 2006).