What do you know about ‘Burning Man’? Do you even know about the ‘Burning Man Principle’? Have you heard of it before? Have you been in attendance at any of its events? What exactly is the ‘Burning Man’? In this article, we will find out about these questions and more. To those familiar with the ‘Burning Man,’ I’m sure you know there is a wide variety of opinions on it. There have been several understandings and definitions given to this name called the ‘Burning Man.’ Some said it is a place for pushing drugs; others attributed it to some spiritual activities and annual rituals, while others understood it as a music festival.
To know the truth, we need to trace its origin. Let’s try to answer these questions: What is burning man, and how did it come into existence? Who were the creators? What were their aims and objectives? Sit back as these truths begin to unfold. Many people have said different things about this burning man event, and it doesn’t mean that they are all wrong. It just means that they said what they have experienced.
History of the Burning Man
The burning man event originated on June 22nd, 1986, on Baker Beach in San Francisco. It officially started as a bonfire ritual on June 22nd when Larry Harvey, Jerry James, and a few friends met on Baker Beach in San Francisco. Larry Harvey burned 8 feet (2.4m) long tall wooden material referred to as a puppet. Before that time, one of the friends of Larry Harvey’s girlfriend has held a bonfire countless times on that beach in which Larry has attended. During the burning, Larry described his inspiration for burning these effigies (a dummy or a representation of someone) as a spontaneous act of radical self-expression.
In 1986, Larry made a 9-foot-tall wooden sculpture of a man and decided to burn it at a nearby beach (Baker beach) in San Francisco. And years after that, he did it again a couple of years after then. Every year, the sculpture is made more prominent than it was in the previous year. For example, in 1987, the sculpture (of a man) was about 15 feet (4.6 m) tall, and in 1989 it was almost 40 feet (12 m) tall. Finally, Harvey decided to move the burning away from the beach because the police stopped him from burning it in 1990 because he had no permit.
So, Larry joined up with another two people named Kevin Evans and John Law, who planned a group trip to a dry lake in the black rock desert. The movement began to grow as people were excited to be a part of the burning. There was a high turnout, and a man named Michael Mikel became worried that people might get lost in the desert. He then started a group called the Black Rock Rangers to keep people safe.
After that time, Harvey got a permit from the Bureau of Land Management to hold the festival, and since then, it even became more popular. The number increased yearly from the 50s to 1000s. In 2010, over 50,000 people attended the festival. The festival has become so large, and it is now sometimes referred to as the Black Rock City. This is because, before the event, some volunteers devote their time to build the city. After all, it is massive. In addition, some volunteers stay up to four weeks or more after the festival to clean up the city.
The Burning Man Principle
Larry Harvey created ten principles, and they were crafted not to dictate how people should act but as a reflection of the community’s culture. They are as follows:
Burning Man allows everyone to find whatever they miss in their everyday lives. There are several different activities that people do. Some do yoga, and some go for morning runs. The exciting thing is that everyone is unrestricted to do whatever they fascinate. Notably, the community is open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. Everyone is welcome. When applying this principle to the business world, it means no prerequisites exist. It would help if you welcomed a different perspective.
Going to Burning Man involves some mindful preparation. Money is the least of the concern for those who prepared poorly for the event. The only things it can buy are coffee and ice; the rest is to be gifted. This doesn’t mean that you should expect everything to be given to you. The notion behind it is to learn to take possessions lightly and appreciate the more minor things in life. Also, you should see it as an opportunity to give back to others. Gifts are outright contributions, whether a substance, service-oriented or even less factual.
This principle is closely related to Gifting. In reality, it means that the burning man festival does not support sponsorships or any profit-oriented activities. Every other event would have sponsors and promotional stables — not Burning Man. Nothing is for sale (except for coffee and ice) – participation is rather prioritized than what is to be consumed. This can also teach us in our personal lives to put our effort into getting positive results from the thing we are doing – without the idea of getting something in return.
Self-Reliance determines responsibility. Even when things get out of hand, it is essential to take responsibility for yourself. Don’t expect others to look after you. This principle teaches that it’s best to rely on yourself. You are responsible for yourself. Bring everything you need. Burns is an opportunity for you to enjoy relying on yourself. It motivates individuals to rely on their inner resources. Nobody wants to hire someone who relies on constant supervision and instructions. Think outside the box to get constructive ideas.
This principle is similar to the previous one because it has to with yourself. Perform whatever you want, as long as you don’t disturb others. It’s a time to express yourself, with nobody caring to know what your concerns are. What are your gifts, talents, affinity, likes? You are free to express yourself, and only you can determine the way you express yourself. To show what you are made up to the world, you need to express your gifts and talents.
This principle is based on first work, then play. If the idea of building an art object does not excite you, you may decide to volunteer to do some other things. Participation is essential, and that nobody will stay idle. Cooperation and collaboration are the main holding force of the festival. You cooperate to do some activities and support one another in the process.
The co-founder of this festival was stopped from burning “the man” until he got a permit from the Bureau of Land Management. It’s important to know that Burning Man is also governed by the laws of the U.S. and the state of Nevada. Civic responsibility involves the approvals that provide for the public interest and assist in preserving society’s civil. Event organizers take responsibility for disseminating these agreements to participants and conducting events following applicable laws of the state and country.
Leaving No Trace
So, after the festival, the Black Rock desert is required to remain as spotless as it was initially. It means everything that you bring with you goes home with you. Everyone cleans up after themselves, and whenever possible, you are supposed to leave your hosting place better than you first met them.
Within one week, with the help of thousands of participants, the desert turns into a city. But this does not mean everyone is involved in building the city. Some participate in feeding the artists and transport food in their art cars. The harsh circumstances of living in the desert make it easy for people to understand that they can benefit others. The revolutionary participation ethic allies that you are the event. Everyone works; everyone plays. No one is a spectator or consumer. Participation is all that matters.
These ten principles are central to everything that is about the event.
Espoused values are values declared to be believed and desired by a person or company. At every point in time, we are judged based on the standards and values that we claim to stand for. This is constant for individuals and also for organizations. People will question if a company stands for those acclaimed values. As individuals who interact with and engage people, we would be checked to ascertain those values either by usual intentions or not. Essential values are the bedrock of the success of any individual or organization.
Many people habitually test others to see their actual values because they don’t act by what they say in most cases. To build trust and a lasting relationship among people, your values are essential. We often tend to act based on emotions and how a particular situation affects us, neglecting what values we say we stand for. It might be anger or any other bad habit that doesn’t go with our values. But after the deed is done, we tend to regret those actions of ours. It’s a sign that we are human beings.
As it is for humans, so it is for organizations. Apart from having aims and objectives for the company, it is necessary to have values too. What are values? Values are principles or standards of behavior. Values can also be said to be the degree of importance of something or action to determine what actions are best to do or what way is best to live.
What are espoused values?
Espoused values are the values that an organization or a person states that it believes in and is desired. Espoused values are often seen in mission statements, presentations, taglines, etc., of organizations. They are not meant to direct how the workers in the organization work but to inspire them to work and behave.
Espoused values are the things advocated by a company’s leadership and management. Edgar Schein, a former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, defined espoused values in three ways. He authored a book called Organizational Culture and Leadership, which talks about organizational culture, corporate structure, and workplace culture.
Here are his definitions: He defined espoused values to be beliefs upon which a company is built (could mean the code of conduct); demonstrated traits shown by the leaders as examples by modeling the values they wish to see in their company; promotional efforts that communicate the company’s core beliefs.
Espoused values can also be said to be publicly stated values and standards of an organization which can be found in mission statements, Objectives, Goals, Vision Statements, etc. Espoused values are often regarded as the aspirations of a company. They directly influence how a company operates and how the employees function. It is one of the main factors that drive an organization’s culture together with Artifacts and basic underlying assumptions. The three factors affect an organization’s culture. While espoused values don’t direct employees how to operate in an organization, it only inspires them to work according to the company’s values.
Difference between Espoused values and Enacted values
We have different values. In this post, we will be looking at espoused and enacted values. So much has been said on espoused values already, but for emphasis’s sake, let’s check what it means again. It is the values an organization states that it beliefs in. So, what are an enacted values? Enacted values are values that the organization members and employees perceive to be valued by the organization. These are values that are shown in the behaviors of everyone in the organization structure, right from the Chairman or founder of the organization and down to the last worker in the company.
Unlike espoused values written in mission statements, goals, objectives, vision statements, etc., enacted values are seen in the behaviors of the people in the organization. Note that both espoused values and enacted values are essential to an organization. As individuals, we have met people who tell what their values are, but they act otherwise.
It could have happened to us too, telling people what our values are, but, in the end, when we have the opportunity to show it, we don’t act accordingly. It does not mean that we are lying when we say what our espoused values are and don’t act like them. It simply means that we haven’t found a way to turn our espoused values into enacted values (i.e., doing precisely what we say our values are).
Having a written (espoused values) value is essential but also having enacted value is very important. For an organization that wants to build a good reputation with customers and fellow business organizations, good and healthy relationships can only be built by enacted values, not written words (espoused values). Although both are important, and espoused values can to turned into enacted values.
How to turn espoused values into enacted values
It has been said earlier that espoused values are as important as enacted values. Still, people get to draw conclusions on their encounters with people’s or company’s actions or behavior (which are the enacted values) and not just the written behaviors or relationship traits (the espoused values). Under this topic, we would be talking about how to turn espoused values (written values) into enacted values (action).
Write down your espoused values: The first step of turning espoused values into enacted values is naming your espoused values. The idea behind this is to make your values visible. Values that only exist inside the mind might fly into thin air when other things come into the mind. Take time to make a list of what values you like, both as an individual or as an organization. Take a long list of values you have, or you want to start exhibiting. It will help you to look beyond your current self. Please don’t limit your list to things you have alone, the values you see in people, and you want to have too; include them in the list.
Reduce your espouse values: After listing your espoused values and what values you want to teach, the next thing is to narrow them down. One of the majorities of the challenges we have with espoused values is that we have too many of them at the same time. When we have too many values to implement at once, we don’t know where to focus our actions, and we end up not acting on many of our values at all. Choose a few of them from the list you have written and focus on them. When you have too many values to chase after, you end up losing all-important values.
Prune your habit and character: Habit and character are ingredients of values. Without a good habit or character, it’s not possible to have good values. After selecting essential values out of the espoused values, you need to work on your habit and character. It would help if you had good ethics even when nobody is looking at you. The best time to improve yourself and your values is when you have the opportunity to cheat on your values when nobody is looking at you. You will feel like doing it since nobody is watching, but you cannot lie to yourself about what you stand for.
Be determined: It’s not easy to learn and do new things, especially when it comes to things that have to do with values and ethics. Because these are things you can’t force, either you do them, have them, or not. Determination will help you to stand your ground on your values even when you feel compromising. The more deterministic you become, the easier it becomes to act and defend your values. There will be a test of values and ethics from time to time; determination will keep you moving in the face of rejection.
Put into action what you want: If you don’t do it, it won’t become a habit, and without that, you can’t exhibit correct values. At first, it might not be easy, especially when you have to exhibit new values, but in the long run, it will become easy. Practice what you say. You build credibility and reputation when people see that you do what you say
Why having espoused and enact values are important?
It helps to increase orderliness and punctuality among employees.
It helps to increase productivity and performance.
It helps to provide excellent customer service.
It facilitates better product quality and production.
It promotes creativity and innovation with product and service creation.
It helps to build trust with customers and partners in business.
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What do professional values mean? Professional value is a generic term for principles that are major and unique to practicing a profession. In simple words, they are the guiding beliefs and principles that influence our work behavior (profession). The latter part of this article will talk about core values and how it affects our professional values. You cannot give what you don’t have; that’s why it said above that professional values are, in most cases, extensions of our core values.
Professional values differ across all professions. Professional values in medicine are different from that of lawyers, and professional values in Law are different from that of the banking sector.
For everything, there is a purpose; for every purpose, there is a value attached to it. We can’t all behave anyhow we want and expect things to turn out well. Some sacrifices must be made to make things work out well. We all cannot be the same because we are all from different backgrounds, and even twins at times do not act and behave in the same way. We are humans with emotions and diverse characters, which affect our decisions in one way or the other. We are different from each other, and that’s why our likeness differs, although our goals might be similar.
We are different from each other, and that’s why our profession differs too. It’s only in rare cases that you see everybody in a family go into the same profession except for family business which you are bound to take responsibility for. There have been stories of families who the father and mother, including their children, are all medical doctors, but it doesn’t always turn out that way.
We have our lives to live, and that is why professional values are essential. We have all heard of values in the past and how important they are.
While these values may change over time and around different life events, your core values and beliefs should remain the same. Although some values are deemed more beneficial than others in some respective professions, some universal values shouldn’t be compromised. No profession encourages hate for others; even soldiers are trained to save and kill the enemy. This is an example of the universal value that we are talking about. No profession encourages dishonesty; you might want to think about the situation in the Law court.
For instance, in a murder case where the offender gets a lawyer to defend him in Law and the defender also hires a lawyer to prosecute the offender. There are cases where the offender gets discharged and acquainted based on no crime, and it’s most likely possible that they have committed the crime. Now, we must understand that every profession has its rules, and, in such cases, the court gives room for investigation.
The court doesn’t work based on assumption or mere words; it is how well your lawyer can convince the judge by providing enable pieces of evidence. It is not that they are encouraging crime. So far, you can get a good lawyer to defend you, but the law court doesn’t operate based on mere words. The same thing applies to why a soldier would shoot at another soldier so far; it’s the enemy, the soldier can gun him down.
Why are professional values important?
How will you feel if a doctor with dreadlocks attends to you in the hospital? What will be in your mind if the nurse designated to you has long nails with his or her hair long and flashy. You might not talk, but there will be a question mark in your mind about the person’s diligence.
Although dressing doesn’t affect your level of competence, so far you know what you are doing, you are good to go. But on the side of the people that you are dealing with, how will they receive you? There is nothing wrong if you put on your round-neck shirt, ripped jeans, and black sunshade when you are going to club, but you can’t do that to court as a lawyer.
Some professional values and ethics govern each profession. Professional values are essential because it helps to portray a professional image through reliability, consistency, and honesty. It’s brings knowing and taking responsibility for our actions. A doctor cannot afford to be negligent and absent-minded.
An accountant also cannot take things for granted. People’s life and well-being are sometimes attached to decisions made by some professionals.
Moreover, part of professional values and ethics includes dressing and acting appropriately. There are professional attire and attire for some other events. It is professionally wrong for a firefighter to dress in clothes that would affect his operations. Professional values allow us to know the basic needs and beliefs to succeed in a specific profession. Professional values are also essential to deliver work outcomes to an acceptable and agreed-on quality and standard.
In short, professional values are essential because of the following:
Better work ethics
Quality work standard
General Universal Values
We have learned that irrespective of profession, some universal values don’t change at all. They are standards for the right living. These are universal and appropriate values for all professions and scenarios, whether you are just going for a job interview or working already or just taking up a new role at work.
Appropriate dressing: You will be addressed the way you dress. Every profession appreciates dressing properly; ask about it if you are not sure of the dress code in your profession. Every profession has its appropriate dressing style; a doctor’s dressing is different from that of an engineer.
Politeness: Part of professional values and ethics is being polite to your bosses, colleagues, customers, and even junior colleagues. This helps you to have a good working relationship. This earns you respect from people and keeps your relationship healthy with them.
Punctuality: There is a famous saying that “punctuality is the soul of business.” Turning up on time shows that you have passion for the job and you are happy with it. Getting to work late or not showing up at all is a sign of irresponsibility on the employee’s side.
Honesty: When working for a company, you can damage your own and your company’s reputation by dishonesty. When you, as an employee, become very dishonest to customers and partners at work, it will chase people away from the company. This could be due to wanting to make excess profits or putting on sale products or services below quality.
Respect for others: Another universal value that is very important in any profession is respect for others. Nobody deserves to be treated in a wrong way, irrespective of position or societal status. And every profession encourages it.
Confidentiality: An employee, irrespective of the profession, must hide information and just let the people involved know not more than what they are expected to know. An employee must not be too porous in disbursing information and details.
Responsibility and personal development: Part of responsibility as an employee is meeting deadlines for jobs and tasks at hand. Part of your responsibility is personal growth and development. It would help if you improved on yourself daily.
What are core values? These are the set of fundamental beliefs, ideals, and practices that inform you on how you conduct your life in both a personal and professional manner. In an organizational setting, values are put in place to maintain by the employees, and this helps the organization determine how they allocate resources and sustain growth. Some of the general universal values have been listed above.
Do our core values affect our professional values? Yes, it does. If a person is found wanting in the core values, his professional values should be under scrutiny. Another question you might want to find an answer to is this: Must your core values align with your professional values? Of course, it should. When your core values don’t align with your professional values, there will be issues.
How to identify your core values
To find out your core values, you need to reflect on what is important to you. It might be challenging to identify what exactly, especially if you are the type that lives in the moment. But through patience and attentiveness, you will indeed identify it though it might be hard to accept.
What drives you?
What professional environment suits your values?
What qualities do you admire in people, especially people you call your role model?
What inspires and motivates you?
What qualities do you wish to develop?
These questions and more might help identify your core values. And you can also become a member of the Black Sheep community to meet with our seasoned experts.
What is true wisdom? Wisdom, according to Wikipedia, is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. Wisdom is one of the most outstanding qualities that a human being possesses. It is associated with attributes such as common sense, compassion, love, unbiased judgment, virtues, ethics, etc. The great scientist and philosopher Socrates said, “I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.” This implies that nobody can teach wisdom. It is the ability to think and make the right decisions based on intelligence, insight, and experience. Wisdom is not specific to the educated only or those with the best acquired or learned skills, although they might play essential roles in how vast the knowledge we have will help build wisdom in us.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines true wisdom as the capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct; soundness of judgment in the choice of means and ends; sometimes, less strictly, sound sense, especially in practical affairs. We are all blessed with the gift of wisdom; harnessing it is where some of us have issues. Some people do not think before acting; they act and then think. This leads to regret. True wisdom is often confused with knowledge or intelligence, but they go hand-in-hand. Some people with high IQs can make stupid decisions in their life. There are many misconceptions about wisdom.
Knowledge and wisdom look so much alike. Sometimes, knowledge can be used in place of wisdom. The difference is far apart, and so are their similarities. A person can know and not have wisdom, but a person cannot have wisdom without knowledge. That sounds confusing, right? I will break it down for you.
What is knowledge?
Knowledge refers to a learned fact, information, or skill acquired through education or training. It is also referred to as what is gained from the understanding of a field or subject topic. Knowledge involves learning and understanding. Until these two conditions are met and satisfied, you cannot consider yourself as having “knowledge” in something.
What is True Wisdom?
True Wisdom is the ability to differentiate between good or bad, making excellent and decisive judgments from one’s experience and knowledge gained. A person can’t have wisdom without having the basis—which is knowledge. Knowledge is the base root of having wisdom. Knowledge is the education you have, the information you have, and the skill you have acquired but wisdom is the ability to put these things above into action and making productive use of them.
There are some other misconceptions about what True wisdom is.
Understanding: Wisdom and understanding are two different things entirely; Understanding is said to have been made when you learn or gain information and acquire wisdom. Until you understand to gain knowledge, you cannot gain wisdom. It is a process, and wisdom is the endpoint of both understanding and knowledge.
Intelligence: Another thing people think wisdom is, is intelligence. Intelligence can retain knowledge, use it in some problem-solving-related issues, or have a high IQ. Intelligence is very similar to wisdom because both refer to retaining knowledge and using it when necessary to attain the desired result. Do you know that being intelligent doesn’t mean you are wise? An intelligent person can apply the knowledge he has gained from education or during training to solve problems related to education, technology, and other fields, but wisdom is more than that. Wisdom is applying the knowledge is more severe matters that pertain to life and its application.
An intelligent person is not a wise person. A person might be intelligent and achieve the highest peak of his career and lack wisdom. Wisdom cuts across how you spend your money, how you settle disputes among associates and families etc. Being intelligent doesn’t guarantee wisdom.
Insight: Insight is another thing people think wisdom is. Most of the time, when we see someone with insight, we tend to conclude that they are wise quickly. But what is insight? Insight is the ability to see and understand things clearly, sometimes a future happening or possibility. Insight and wisdom seem to look alike, but insight is part of being wise. A person might be insightful and still be foolish. We have had great scientists who are very knowledgeable and full of understanding but died a foolish death. Wisdom cannot be learned.
They are disciplined: Self-control and zero tolerance of indiscipline are critical attributes of a person with wisdom. Wise people understand the logic of life, the principle of self-control, and self-discipline. A person might be very wealthy and affluent in all aspects but still suffer from covetousness or lousiness. Wisdom is not a product of wealth or accomplishment. The higher you go in life, the more wisdom you need. There was a time when I was reading about the biggest jackpots in the United States. I read the story of some people who were only billionaires for a few moments; even some didn’t last for two days. One thing is to know how to attain wealth; wisdom sustains wealth.
Educate themselves: Wise people always “talk to their senses.” That’s the word that explains it better. They educate themselves daily and try to have new understandings. They read research and learn because true wisdom cannot come without all these things. Stagnant wisdom cannot go far because the world is updated within seconds, and if you don’t learn new things to gain more wisdom, the wisdom for today might not be enough for the challenges of tomorrow.
They learn from their mistakes and move on: Do you know that being wise doesn’t mean that you are free from mistakes? You are not a robot or a programmed machine; you are created with feelings and emotions. So, when making some decisions, we are at times clouded with these feelings and emotions, making decisions not based on validity but convenience. In such cases, mistakes are bound to happen. Wise people learn from their mistakes and move on. They show wisdom by learning from such mistakes and not committing the same mistake again. Wise people admit and learn from their mistakes and use these mistakes as a learning opportunity.
They take heed to instructions and corrections: Many people have argued if it is wise to heed to instructions irrespective of the repercussion on innocent people when they say wise people take heed to instructions. Taking heed to instruction in this context means weighing it and judging it as good or bad. Wisdom is doing the right thing, so obeying instructions that will harm the innocent majority is not wisdom. Also, improvising and obeying instructions when the initial set conditions are no longer in place is wisdom. There might have been certain conditions that would prompt some actions; a wise man improvises and still obeys the instruction.
They are guided by what they have learned, known, and teach: Wisdom is essential, and a wise person would live by wisdom. They don’t care about what other people think about them or what they feel; they do what is right. Many people prioritize material things over other important things. For instance, money, position, wealth, riches over family, friends, and relationships. These things are good to have, but wise people don’t place them as the main priority.
HOW TO BUILD WISDOM
Try new things: A stagnant wisdom is dead wisdom. To acquire wisdom, you must learn, research, and try new things to gain knowledge and understanding to have more wisdom. Trying new things makes you gain experience, and you become wiser. When you try new things, you have the opportunity to make mistakes, learn and gain experience.
Learn from others: Learning from others increases your knowledge. You can benefit from their mistakes and their success stories. Wisdom is putting acquired knowledge into action and part of it learning from other people’s mistakes and success stories. Success stories help you set your path right, and these are experiences of people who have journeyed along this similar path of yours before.
Make mistakes: Making mistakes as human beings are inevitable. When we try to perfect our decisions and judgment, we make more mistakes. Wise people are not scared to make mistakes; they learn from the mistake.
Connect with like minds: To build wisdom, you must surround yourself and always connect with wise people. Wise words and notions are foolish to dumb people, and those you surround yourself with will enhance your growth and development positively or negatively.
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You don’t have to worry about it. Your negative thoughts aren’t something that you cannot change. Here in this article, we will learn how you can teach yourself not to believe your negative thoughts. We hope that you can learn and practice these in your daily life!
Do you spend most of your time alone creating scenarios in your head? Do you often find yourself daydreaming about things that will never happen? Are these thoughts negative most of the time and result in causing anxiety? Do you end up reliving your worst nightmares in your head every day? If so, it’s okay. You’re one of the many people on this planet that are having trouble controlling their thoughts.
Analyze Your Thinking Process
Start with analyzing your thoughts when they come to your mind, instead of immediately overthinking them. You don’t have to believe your thoughts right away. The best way is to stay attentive, especially when you start overthinking. Analyze what you think, how you feel, and lead you to think about these specific things. Learn to detect the consequences and problems that result from your overthinking.
You can now use the information you have gathered to develop a set of strategies that you can use to change your negative thoughts. You can ask a friend to help you analyze your thinking and even consult a therapist. But if you want to do it on your own, I assure you, you can!
You can practice mindfulness and meditation to help you relax your mind. You need to detach yourself from your emotions and thoughts and view them as they observe you from outside.
Find a quiet spot, maybe someplace close to nature, and try to train your mind to ignore your negative thoughts. How can you do that? Close your eyes and view your feelings and your thoughts as if they are floating right past you, and you are letting them pass away. Ignoring them and not giving them any importance is the task that you might find is difficult. Pick the positive energy that surrounds you and ignore the negative energy. Soon you will find yourself not believing your negative thoughts.
Record Your Thoughts in a Diary
You might not realize it, but writing a daily diary and recording your daily thoughts and emotions can be therapeutic. You have someone to share your feelings with, and that someone is not going to judge you because that someone is you. You are the only one who will be reading your diary, and you will be the only one writing in it.
Write your emotions in your diary freely, even your negative thoughts. However, what you have to do at the end of the day is read what you wrote and try to convert all the negative thoughts you had into positive ones. In the beginning, try to write down all the positive reviews that you have converted from the negative ones. You will see that your everyday perspective towards life will start changing. You will no longer have not to believe your thoughts because the course of your ideas will begin to change. They will become more positive and refreshing!
Make Sure You Have a Positive Company
You might not realize this, but your company affects you more than you can imagine. You should be aware of what kind of people surround you, what is their approach towards life, it is positive or negative? Do you always hear them complaining about their life or they cherish the little things that happen around them?
Don’t you think if you had positive people around you, their vibe would automatically empower you? Ask yourself, do you want to live in a world full of negative thoughts triggered by negative people, or do you want lively people around you who cherish life like it’s beautiful?
Try to avoid people who have a bitter approach towards life, and you will see that you will not have to avoid believing your thoughts with time.
Select Your Thoughts
You can apply the concept of shopping over here. Pretend that you’re going shopping in your mind. Like you review products in a store and see if you want to buy them. You will do precisely the same with your thoughts. Review every thought like you’re about to buy it. Try to avoid the ideas you think will lead you to overthink or feel bad about yourself or a situation you’re in.
Focus more on your colorful thoughts, thoughts that make you happy and motivate you to do better in life. Have a mindset that motivates you to be a cheerful and live person. You deserve to be happy, and only you can make yourself comfortable. So, don’t believe the ideas that are negative and bring you down. There is no point in crying over them. Move on and live!
I hope you are now motivated to have a clear and happy mind and thoughts. The key to avoiding negativity is to don’t believe your thoughts as the final determination of your life. Distract yourself with more comfortable and positive reviews.
Wisdom is a principal thing. Becoming a wise sage is not a day job. As defined by Wikipedia, Wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight. To be wise is one of the most extraordinary abilities a human being can possess. This is because wisdom cuts across parts of life. Wisdom is associated with common sense, compassion, love, just judgment, ethics, virtues, morals, etc.
Wisdom can also be said to be the ability to think and make the right decisions based on intelligence, insight, experience, and moral structures. Wisdom possesses excellent judgmental knowledge, good inter-relationship skills, intellect, and intelligent decisions.
Wisdom is not attributed to education only. There were wise men before western education came into play. Knowledge is not also attributed to wealth, riches, or prosperity because one might be lucky in acquiring all those material things. Although they might play essential roles in the capacity of the knowledge one will have. For instance, a professor will have more wisdom in solving problems related to science and technology but might not be fit to solve real-life matters.
A wise person, irrespective of educational level, might handle real-life issues such as marriage conflicts, societal disputes, and so on. Wisdom plays an essential role in our decision-making. A wise sage doesn’t rush into making hasty conclusions or decisions. A fool is known for acting without thinking, but a wise sage understands the situation first and thinks of the best way to handle it.
As we have rightly said above, wisdom plays a vital role in our judgments. It’s not a coincidence that the Oxford dictionary defined wisdom as the capacity of judging rightly in matters related to life and conduct, soundness of judgment in the choice of means and ends. Wisdom cuts across all life happenings and engagement. In the world that we are today, one needs to be wise. If one is not wise, he would be left out by his mates.
Everyone has been blessed with the gift of wisdom, and it varies with people. Some people have it more than others, but this doesn’t affect the application. Everyone has a level of wisdom in him or her; digging it through and applying it to their ways of life has been the problem of many.
There are so many concepts that look like wisdom but are not wisdom. Although they may look alike in the literal meaning and translations, they are different. One of the things being wise is not is being knowledgeable. Having a vast amount of knowledge doesn’t mean wisdom. A familiar person might still be foolish in his ways. Knowledge and understanding look so much alike.
In some cases, knowledge can be used in place of wisdom. They have similarities, but then their differences are many as well. In their definitions, some differences can be spotted very quickly. Let’s check what both means in the dictionary. Knowledge refers to a learned fact, information or skill acquired through education or training.
Knowledge can also be acquired or gained from training in a field or practicing in a profession. Knowledge involves learning, understanding, and developing skills, facts, and information. Does this look like the meaning of wisdom? Let’s check what wisdom is as well.
Wisdom is the ability to make excellent and decisive judgments, differentiate from what is good or bad, and apply one’s experience and knowledge to solve life issues. Knowledge is the basis of wisdom; one cannot have wisdom without knowing (knowledge). What differentiates a wise sage from a fool is applying what they know and have learned to issues about life. A wise sage is knowledgeable and can also use every bit of what he knows or has learned to solve problems outside the academic or scientific research world. Wisdom is not only displayed in the four walls of academics, where your success is rated by what you know and how you can pass exams.
Also, being a wise sage is not being intelligent. Intelligence is the ability to retain knowledge and solve problems related to academics or IQ-related issues. One can be brilliant and live a miserable life. Many years ago, I heard the story of one of the first fathers of geography in a country. The man was brilliant but died a wretched man. Intelligence is not wisdom; wisdom is intelligence.
In simple terms, one can be intelligent and not be wise, but one cannot be wise without being brilliant. Intelligence will make you use the knowledge you have learned to provide solutions to problems that people face but will be neutralized when it comes to abstract and real-life issues people are facing. An intelligent person might achieve the peak of his career but might be a failure in his family.
How to become a wise sage
Be yourself: One of the mistakes people make in trying to be wise in their own eyes is to be who they are not. One of the things that will help you in self-discovery and self-realization. Without it, you will be confused and later get stuck in your life journey. Wisdom teaches that you develop yourself into the best version you can be. In cases where you have mentors, it is advised that you learn from them and not model your entire life after them. The more you look into their (mentors) lives, the more disappointed you become. We are all humans who have weaknesses, so be yourself. That is the first thing to learn if you want to be a wise sage.
Build yourself: The more you learn, the more knowledge you have, which increases your technical know-how. This might you going for extra learning programs or read books. When a man stops learning, he starts to die. Wisdom teaches that wisdom is not limited; more knowledge and understanding are discovered daily. When you build yourself, you develop courage and understand more about things. How can you be helpful in an area you do not have any knowledge about? It would help if you built yourself up. One of the things that I have discovered is learning builds wisdom and relevance. Knowing more than your area of interest is not bad; it further allows you to connect well. Learn from others: Another way of becoming a wise sage is learning from others. Some people have threaded the same path as you are doing or want to do. Learning from them will add to your wisdom. When you learn from success and failure, you will learn what you must know when faced with the same challenge. Learning is making the right decisions through facts, information, and experience. You can have all even without threading the similar path before when you learn from others who have. It is effortless to ask a person who stays in the United States of America how things are done there; I would know what I need to know before going there. The same thing goes with wisdom. In the journey of life, you need to learn from others to understand what made them fall or what made them succeed, the mistakes they made, the steps they took that helped them, and so on.
Surround yourself with wise people: Wisdom cannot be built around foolishness. One of the things that helped many people succeed in life is that people of the same energy surround them. Wisdom increases wisdom, and foolishness repels it. I noticed some things about myself whenever I’m with some set of people. I think more about making more impact and having many positive thoughts when I’m with some friends, but it’s otherwise when I’m with another set of people. Your achievement is a product of the energy around you. To become a wise sage, be around intelligent people.
Be positively minded: Wise people are positively charged people. You cannot see negativity in things and expect wisdom to be applied. Learning doesn’t lose hope until there is no hope. To be a wise sage, you must be positive.
Have a belief in yourself: Believing in yourself is trusting yourself to do great. You might have all the knowledge you need, but if you don’t trust yourself, you won’t be able to apply them when they matter. You won’t believe in your abilities, and you won’t be able to trust yourself to handle some situations with your wisdom.
To become a wise sage should be one of the priorities of everybody. Wisdom helps to live a guided life. A life that is not decorated by mistakes and regrets. Knowledge helps us to know what to do at every point in time. It doesn’t matter if we react instantly; wisdom enables us to think profoundly and respond accordingly.