Thursday, August 2, 2012

The 4 Phases of Wisdom

Achieving what you want is made possible - or impossible - depending on what you know, what you think you know - and where you are on your path towards success.

What follows is a guide to how to identify where you are on the 'wisdom cycle' that defines your relationship with your current goal.

Knowing exactly where you stand will often help you!

1. Genesis & Generation

This is where you first get the idea. It's fresh. It's inspired. It's all perfectly possible.

Hold on to this moment. Enjoy the feeling of it because it rarely comes back with such intensity.

It's the time when a novel - any big project - seems more than doable - so easy in fact it already exists! It's the time when, despite all outward appearances or reality, absolutely anything is possible.

Use this first phase to dream - and dream big. See yourself in the position of power and success that your inspiration has brought you.

Generate the dream - live it for a while.
Visualize your dream as real. Make it vivid, colorful and solid before the feeling fades. The stronger the image at this point the more forceful the motivation that follows.

2. Objectify & Organize


Now that you know what you want you need to gather all the facts on how you're going to achieve your goal.

But don't overwhelm yourself. Don't be too selective, or get too specific and detail obsessed. You need to see the broad canvas. You need to understand how everything works before you drill down.

You should read up on the subject in a non-critical way at first. Study the environment, liaise with its members and proponents. You don't want to know all the pros and cons yet - that's for later.

At this stage you want the broad strokes. You want the overview.

After all, when you're sure than anything's possible, you don't want to be put off. Use this study period to place your goal into the context of reality. Your reality.

At this stage you should still be excited by your dream - but also beginning to see it coming into existence.

It's the fun part - where inspiration meets intention.

3. Assimilate & Activate

Now it's time to go deeper.

Now it's okay to dwell on what's not going to work - and why your idea is terrible. It's important this is the third phase - and doesn't take place too early on in the process.

People who never get anything done dwell on the negatives too soon - before the dream has had time to blossom.

This can be a tough time - when you realize just how high you will have to climb, how far you will have to travel from your current position, just how much work this will involve.

It's the time when you work out the personal cost this task will take to achieve. But it's important you take all this information in. It's the reality check - the final stamp of approval from your logical, rational side.

You may find out that some things are not doable. But that's okay. Focus on what you can achieve - the baby steps, the broad structure of your plan, the first push into physical construction.

At the end of this phase you're finally ready to progress.

4. Leverage and Liberate


Now is the time to take action.

You have your dream. You know how things work with respect to reality. You now know how some things don't work - or will never bow to your preconceptions.

But that's okay. Armed with all the wisdom you need to start, you can now change the way things work. You can assert your dream upon the world. You can free your goal, let it loose, and make it happen.

The fourth phase may occupy the majority of your time but if you've done all the preparations - gone through the first three phases, nothing can stop you.

Setbacks and obstacles may alter you vision but not your course, your certainty.

Use the feedback you acquire to adjust your path toward your goal but never lose sight of the end result - the one you conjured during phase one, believed in phase two and activated in phase three.

Finally, when your goal is achieved, the cycle is complete and you can return to the first stage - where dreams and inspiration can again foment into goals.

This time to aspire to larger goals, and bigger dreams.

Because success is not really about getting stuff - it's about participating in the quest - being a creature of intention and creation - living out and through the four phases of wisdom.

Keep writing!
 rob at home


THIS WEEK'S WRITER'S QUOTE:
 
""Work expands to fill the time available for its completion."
C. Northcote Parkinson
 

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