Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge from the past and apply it at the right time, in the right way to achieve the best result possible in the present. "Wise actions" is the process of getting our thoughts accomplished to reach any kind of success. Johann Lavater said, "Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because of a clear why." In other words, we should be certain on the reasons we are in action.
3 Areas of Action
1. Think – Where we will be tomorrow is wrapped up in the thoughts we have today. If we desire success we must have a successful mentality. To develop wise thoughts we must focus on wise things. These wise things must be rooted in truth; not on what feels good or seems good for the moment. Formulating our thoughts around a lie will never produce wise thinking.
Establish truth as the pivotal point of all your thoughts. Seek the truth in all your matters, it will save you time and money. In the end, wise thinking will help you make wise choices; which will promote successful actions.
2. Speak – We speak life when our words match wise thinking. Napoleon Hill said it this way, “Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” What we say is vital to our actions of success.
I have sometimes caught myself talking too much, just talking to be talking and when I think about it I have said nothing of value. I tell myself, “Just shut up.” This quote by Plato often keeps me in check. “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” Work to have something to say that will uplift those who hear.
3. Do – True wisdom will bring about true doing. If we are wise we must know that our effectiveness only comes from putting our thoughts and words into action. Nicholas Sparks says “We can say all the right words at all the right times; but in the end, our actions are what people will judge.” What you DO is the life changer for wise actions.
Work to make doing what you have thought and said be on the same page. Your actions can easily follow wisdom because it has been tested and you feel its the best way to go. Sometimes, it's not the new inspirations or tasks that need to be done to succeed, it's the one's already on the table that could be preventing you from the success you seek. Find a way to do the current tasks and out of it can come your new inspirations to do more.
Summary – Four things never come back: the spoken word, wasted time, the past, and a neglected opportunity. Make your actions wise by thinking it all the way through, not saying unnecessary words, and doing what you say you are going to do - no matter the cost. Be wise in your actions!