Let’s take a look at the second of the Seven Decisions That Determine Personal Success from the book by Andy Andrews, The Traveler’s Gift.
You may want to check out the first decision in the previous blog post Here.
This blog series will continue until we have examined all seven of these decisions.
The Second of the 7 Decisions that determine personal success — “I Will Seek Wisdom.”
Opportunities are constantly placed in our path. It is up to us to be prepared to move on them.
As the Scout motto says … Be Prepared.
But how do we know how to prepare when we don’t know ahead of time what the opportunity will be … it is so uncertain?
We don’t know what it is or when it will happen!
The answer is simple and will bring us success and happiness.
This effort requires diligence.
Think of it this way…..
The present becomes the past in a flash … every instant. And we cannot change the past. The past is history. It’s gone.
But we can change the future … our future. How? By changing our attitude, our perspective, and therefore our actions.
We are always changing anyway. We might just as well take charge of the direction of the change which puts us in control of ourselves.
So how do we guide our direction?
First off, it is imperative to be mindful of whom we choose as our companions.
Think of it…..
As children, we are conditioned by parents, other family and authority figures.
When we are teens and young adults, our peers have the greatest influence on us.
Later in life, we pretty much replicate the values and behaviors of our friends and at times our family again.
When we reach the point where we can choose, clearly, we want to be in the company of those who are going in the direction we are going … preferably even those who are farther ahead.
As for the others, it is best to spend as little time as possible with them.
Secondly, seek the counsel of others.
Choose a mentor whose values resonate with you, whether it’s someone you pay or more informally follow someone … a leader in your field.
Different leaders have different methods of operation … and that can be confusing, especially to someone who is new. The recommendation which makes sense to me is to choose one person in particular and stick with her / him for 90 days.
In addition, be active in your team and attend the calls and hangouts. You can add your knowledge and experience and get your questions answered in that environment. It offers the benefits of a mastermind group.
Thirdly, remember to serve others. This action helps us to maintain perspective.
As you develop authority and your sphere of influence increases, we can become very small very quickly and lose our place without valuing others enough to serve them.
“The responsibility that comes with leadership is often humbling.”
Keep in mind, however, that as a leader, your task is not to eliminate the struggles of others, but to encourage and assure them in their journey. Their efforts have value.
“The servant is the popular choice of the people.”
Finally, read and listen to educational and inspirational material every day.
This activity alone will alleviate doubt and enhance our belief in ourselves as well as to understand and claim our place in the world.
In summary, the second of the 7 decisions that determine personal success is to seek wisdom in order to prepare for opportunities to guide our future.
That activity includes choosing our company wisely, taking counsel from others who have success, serving others, and round off our education with reading and listening appropriate materials.
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