Every action and feeling experienced in life grows as a consequence of communication (verbal & non-verbal). Have you ever realized that? Everything you do is because you said you wanted to do it or you felt it deep within because some other thing triggered your emotions to desire.

I’ve been studying the discipline of Performance Management for over 10 years now. I have come to believe that behavior does reveal itself through different triggers(i.e. social environment, language, personal ability) but all paths resulting in behavior run through the central station – your mind.

Your mind is to your life like what a city is to a state.

I’m using this type of language to highlight a point that one of my mentors helped me to notice in the book of Proverbs in the Bible. Certainly I have a bias because of my discipline, but here goes the insight in the form of a question. From whom or where do you get the communication that makes you act?

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Proverbs chapter 8 reveals that there is at least one person screaming to be listened to:

Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding life up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: ‘To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men….Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things;….” Proverbs 8:1-4, 6

Where do you hear your wisdom? From what our zeitgeist (current cultural norms) says? From friends? Family? Professors? Books? Whom? What?

By the way, here’s a phrase I use to understand wisdom: Wisdom is intelligent action that uses foresight as a tool. It is looking for a beneficial future consequence for today’s action.

I know this sounds like old man’s speech because young folks love living in the moment….moment to moment. Far be it from me to try and change the makeup of your mind. But know that you will get the fruit of the path that you’re on but aren’t paying attention to…regardless of your good intentions.

Where do you get your wisdom?

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