What’s your relationship to being right?
Love it, right?
Am I right, or am I right?
There’s something magically, wonderful about raising your hand and having the right answer!
…or giving the right directions!
…or wearing the right clothes!
Being right is righteous!
So…can right ever be wrong?
Most of us can remember that time when we saw a co-worker interrupt and correct the big boss in a meeting. That co-worker may have been right, but for some reason everyone else cringed. Some how it felt wrong.
That cringe fell over the group because it wasn’t wise. There’s a big difference between being right versus being wise.
I happen to know a lot of really smart people who are right most of the time, yet they don’t seem to ever make traction towards the things that really matter to them, like their relationships and careers.
My observations have led me to believe that being right all the time comes with a fairly high price. That high price includes stunted career potential, broken relationships and fragile, fickle friendships, along with so much more. All this comes at the cost of being right.
What’s the cost of being wise?
Being wise requires active listening, pensive patience and the possibility of knowingly, being made wrong.
Being wise sometimes requires silence, even when you know you are right.
Being wise requires self-discipline and the ability to focus on the totality of what’s at stake versus the illusion of necessity in the moment.
Why be wise?
Well, if wisdom is being applied in an effort to achieve a big picture goal, the payback can be truly righteous!
(Pun intended again)
This week, conduct a self assessment of where you land in the conflict of right vs. wise?
What’s the percentage?
How can you shift your everyday behavior towards being wise?
I suppose the goal for each of us would be to swing the pendulum towards wise as much as we possibly can. It’s a tough task and a tall glass, but who said living the best life possible was supposed to be easy.
After all…being right all the time isn’t all that easy either.
Until next week…
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