We talk a lot about authentic expression in terms of standing up for what’s important and in terms of life purpose but I don’t think we talk enough about our inner wisdom and how to extract it.
When you decide to express your well-earned inner wisdom you set yourself apart in remarkable ways. It’s your wisdom and no one else can express and exploit it like you can.
Your best idea is waiting just below the surface, buried under your lack of willingness to dig and your fears.
How about instead of waiting for true calling epiphanies you take a look at how to dig deep and extract your own inner wisdom?
Major Wisdom Extraction Realizations
1). Forced Urgency is like a shortcut because it goes directly to the engagement of wisdom extraction.
2). With Increased Decisiveness you can discover, decide on and develop wisdom much more quickly than imaginable.
One of the most practical therapists I’ve ever read is Nathaniel Branden. He’s written classics such as The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem and Taking Responsibility. One technique that Branden uses to extract wisdom is the technique of Sentence Stem Completion.
When we intensify awareness, we tend to generate a need for action that expresses our changed psychological state. Nathaniel Branden
By swiftly answering strategically chosen sentence stems, six days in a row, with at least six complete sentence endings, we access resources that normally remain hidden from our consciousness.
Without the exercise this wisdom does not normally show up in our behavior. This powerful technique doesn’t give enough time for self-doubt and questioning so resistance doesn’t rear its ugly head.
If you’d like me to email you complete instructions on this technique ask for them here.
Resistance adores delay. It will seize any excuse to delay you just long enough so that your original inspiration fades. Resistance knows that when left to discipline alone you are more likely to give up.
Self-control is exhaustible. Chip & Dan Heath from their book, Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard
So if self control (willpower, discipline) is an exhaustible resource, it’s only a matter of time when burning adrenaline alone, you run out of fuel.
What’s the answer? Increase your speed to action by making decisions much quicker and engaging them much sooner. In a word, decisiveness.
Surprisingly speed inspires sounder decision-making than careful analysis. When you’re quick about it, the best ideas surface and it’s easier to pick out the viable ideas from among the junk.
We have assumed that taking longer and being more thorough is good for us. But getting lost in the delay of over-analysis is always more costly than acting decisively and making lots of mistakes.
What’s your experience using forced urgency and greater decisiveness?
I think it has a lot to do with these three factors.
1). They didn’t go deep and extract their waiting wisdom so the idea was not authentically aligned.
2). They never followed a firm, creation/completion process with supportive structure and environment.
3). They were not able to use discipline and willpower to follow-through.