We can all agree that wisdom is something we all want. We want to be as wise as possible because that will enable us to make better decisions and be more successful in life. But getting more wisdom isn’t something you go to the store and just pick up. It takes time, experience, and an ability to see situations for what they are and what you can learn from them. The fastest way to gain wisdom is to practice The Habits Of The Wise. Here are 5 habits you need to practice, at least once a week, to gain the wisdom you are seeking…
1. Reach Out To Someone
Once a week, reach out to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. This is a great way to improve your relationships and make someone feel appreciated. This is a great practice in gratitude and selflessness. Simply reaching out and telling someone, “I was thinking about you today” can help lift someone’s day. If you want to grow in life and have a richer life, it starts with giving. And like my mentor Jim Rohn said, “Giving starts the receiving process.”
2. Push Yourself Physically
Once a week, when you are working out, push yourself to your limit. In order to grow, you HAVE to get out of your comfort zone. And one of the best ways to do that is to push yourself physically. You can do this by going outside or on a treadmill and running and fast as you can for as long as you can. The kind of run that makes you breathe hard and makes the sweat pour. Or you can try something like burpees or any other exercise that can get your breathing hard. This will be uncomfortable. It is meant to be. But this is where real growth starts. And with growth, comes wisdom.
3. Review Your Systems
We all have systems in our lives. You may think you don’t, but everyone has a system. We all have a way by which we operate to get ahead in life. Even if your system is just doing your job and coming home, it is a system. If you want to gain wisdom and get ahead in life, you have to look at your systems you use in all areas of your life. That’s right, you have a system for everything. Review your systems each week and determine if they can be improved upon to help you grow in all areas of your life. Fifteen minutes a week can change your life.
4. Check Your Finances
You HAVE to do a financial check once a week. What’s the money look like? Did you spend too much this past week? Did you buy the right things? Did you spend frivolously or were you frugal and invest wisely? You have to stay on top of your finances so you can learn what works and what doesn’t. You can learn a lot just by watching your money and how it is spent. When it comes to wisdom, this is a no-brainer.
5. Do Something Creative By Yourself
Take some private time and do something creative that will expand your mind and appreciation. Activities like playing a musical instrument, drawing, or building crafts can really stimulate your mind and help it grow. The more neural pathways you can build, the smarter you will be and the more wisdom you will gain. Any time you can isolate yourself and create something from scratch, you are learning and gaining wisdom. Make it a weekly practice.
Everyone has the ability to gain more wisdom, but some will do it better and faster than others. Take a moment and think about someone you believe is very wise. Now look at their habits and appreciate that becoming wise it not just about time, but also about the things you do daily and weekly. Sure, you can sit back and hope Father Time throws enough experience at you that you gain wisdom, but that’s the lazy approach. Why not take these 5 habits, practice them weekly, and speed up the clock? Trust me…in just a few short months, these habits can make a big difference in your life. Now, whatcha waiting for???