Today you’re going to learn how to increase your wisdom. Wisdom is something that can only be gained through experience – it is not innate.
Anyone who is willing to try new things and reflect on their experiences has the potential to attain knowledge. You can become wiser by studying as much as you can, evaluating your experiences, and putting your knowledge to the test.
How To Increase Your Wisdom:
1. Experiment with new concepts.
When you stay at home and do the same thing every day, it’s hard to develop insight.
When you put yourself out there and allow yourself to learn, make mistakes, and reflect on your experience, you become wiser. If you tend to limit yourself, work on developing an attitude of inquisitiveness and a willingness to put yourself in new circumstances.
Every time you try something new, you open yourself up to the prospect of learning something new and become a little wiser as a result of the experience.
Going to places you’ve never visited before is a fantastic way to expand your horizons. Book a flight to another city or take a trip to another country.
Instead of going to your favorite chain restaurant, try to dine at a restaurant that is popular with the locals. Whenever possible, choose novelty over familiarity.
Another great way to expand your horizons is to participate in new social activities. Get tickets to a play if you usually spend your time watching sports. You can join a hiking or biking group if you are passionate about sports.
2. Push yourself outside your comfort zone.
Perhaps the best thing to do if you are hesitant to do something is to do it. When you have to deal with a troubling or scary circumstance, you come out of it stronger and more prepared to confront the fear next time.
Every encounter where we truly stop to look fear in the eye gives us the strength, courage and confidence we have to accomplish what we think is impossible.
For example, if you are afraid of public speaking, offer to do a presentation.
If you find it difficult to communicate your feelings, try talking to a loved one and express how much you care about them. Also ask about the person’s feelings.
3. Try to strike up a conversation with people you don’t know.
Talk to people with different backgrounds and perspectives than you to see what you can learn from them. Try not to pass judgment on someone based on your own limited viewpoint. You will be wiser if you are able to empathize with others.
Also share yourself with the people you talk to. Work on making new connections and going beyond mere conversations.
To learn more, practice being a good listener and ask lots of questions. Instead of letting your thoughts wander, pay close attention to what others are saying.
Every interaction allows you to gain a deeper understanding of someone, broaden your perspective, and in doing so, you become wiser.
4. Keep an open mind.
Instead of making judgments about topics you don’t know much about, think about them from all sides and try to understand them. It’s easy to form opinions based on our limited life experiences, but that’s not how we gain knowledge.
You can’t change where you grew up or who you grew up with, but you can choose how open you are to learning about different cultures.
Don’t base your decisions on what other people think or how popular something is. Do your own research and look at all sides of an issue before you decide what you believe.
5. Take advantage of educational opportunities.
If you want to learn something new, taking classes is one of the most effective ways to do so. The courses you take may or may not be university-related. Look for information on whether community members in your area offer seminars or workshops in their fields.
Self-study is just as beneficial as traditional classroom learning. Find other methods of learning if you don’t have access to classes on a topic you want to learn more about. Borrow books from the library, conduct interviews, and learn by doing (1).
For example, if you want to learn a new language, you can sign up for a class or do it yourself. Find a group that speaks the language, study literature published in that language, and travel to a place where the language is spoken.
6. Seek out knowledgeable mentors.
Who in your life has given you wisdom? Wisdom comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be a preacher who gives people something meaningful to think about every week.
It may be a teacher who is able to inspire others through his or her knowledge. It may be a family member who keeps a cool head in the face of adversity.
Determine why you think this person is wise. Is it because this person is an avid reader? Is he or she able to give excellent advice to those who are in need? Does he seem to have discovered what life is all about?
What do you think you can learn from him or her? What life decisions and actions can you use as examples? Try asking yourself what he or she would do under specific circumstances.
7. Read everything that comes into your hands.
Reading is a great way to learn about other people’s opinions, regardless of what they write about. It gives you an understanding of how other people think that you couldn’t get any other way.
Reading all sides of a controversial issue can give you the knowledge you need to form reasoned opinions and make informed judgments.
8. Recognize that everyone is susceptible to making mistakes.
As you gain knowledge and experience, you will find that the people you thought were mentors have their own faults. Don’t place such high expectations on people that their mistakes baffle and repel you.
Try to see people’s humanity, which includes not putting them above you and accepting both the good and the awful.
When someone you admire makes a mistake, practice forgiveness. Instead of kicking someone when they are down, try to have compassion for them.
9. When you are in new circumstances, be humble.
It’s hard to grasp this concept until you are faced with a real life event that takes you completely by surprise. No matter how smart you are or how much life experience you’ve had, you will find yourself in a situation where the line between right and wrong is blurred and you’re not sure what to do.
Don’t assume that you will know exactly what to do under the new circumstances. Analyze the situation from different perspectives, think or pray, and then act according to your conscience. This is the best you can do.
Accepting your limitations is really the best thing to do. Know what you are up against and make the most of your options, but don’t act like you know more than you know.
10. Consider your options before taking action.
Give yourself as much time as you need to consider the situation before making a choice. Consider the pros and cons, taking into account your own experience as well as the advice of others to make the best decision possible.
When you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. Seek guidance from someone you consider wise. Even advice from someone you really trust should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, only you can determine what is best for you.
11. Make your ideals a reality.
Seeking advice and knowledge from individuals, religious principles, and literature may not get you very far. Adopting some set of ideals just because you have been taught to do so is not enough.
In the end, your principles should be consistent with your conscience, that gut feeling that tells you what to do based on what you know to be true. When faced with a serious choice, remind yourself of your values and stick to them.
When faced with criticism, stand up for your beliefs (2). This is not an easy undertaking because others will be telling you what to do throughout your life. Separate your ideals from the ideals of others and always do what you believe is right.
12. Be willing to learn from your mistakes and be a better person.
Even the most well thought out conclusion can turn out to be wrong. Reflect on each new experience and think about what went right and what went wrong. When you find that you made a mistake, look for fresh information that you can use in a similar situation next time.
Don’t blame yourself for the mistake you made. You are only human and all you can do is learn from your mistakes.
Accept the fact that there is no such thing as perfection. The goal is to do your best to follow your conscience and be a decent human being throughout your life, not to be flawless or godlike.
13. Share your knowledge with others.
This does not mean you should tell others what to do; rather, you should lead by example. Demonstrate the wisdom of being open, non-judgmental, and kind in all circumstances to others.
Reflect on the mentors who have helped you along the way, and consider how you can fill that position for others who could benefit from what you have learned.
If someone reaches out to you for guidance, do your best to guide them in the right way. Letting your own preferences influence your advice is not a good idea.
Thank you for reading this article about how to increase your wisdom and I really hope that you take action my advice.
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