By Jerry Pipes
The message of Solomon is clear and really very simple — get wisdom!
We change our attitude, the way we think, feel and respond, by changing what goes into our minds and hearts. Please re-read Solomon’s words above and notice the intentionality and diligence required to implement them.
The only way we can change a negative attitude into a positive one is by getting wisdom. Doing so will not only change what we think, but the way we think.
Getting wisdom will change the lens through which we see what’s really important in life. A winning attitude will result in the increased ability to relate to the people we care about based on our life purpose and core values.
Solomon has given us a path on how to get healthy — get wisdom.
Remember, the daily decision of choosing and developing a winning attitude is the first and essential step in strengthening the filter that makes it possible to be a healthy responder rather than an unhealthy reactor.
Here are a few practical pointers for a lifetime of getting wisdom:
- Read the book of Proverbs monthly. It is the greatest book in the world on communication. There are 31 days in most months and 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. In five short minutes a day, you will be getting Solomon’s awesome wisdom on communication.
- Read great books. If you choose not to read you are no better off than one who can’t read. It’s like choosing a self-imposed illiteracy. If you have not been reading, begin with a goal of one book a month. An occasional novel is fine, but primarily read biographies of those who have accomplished much in life along with quality self-help books.
- Listen to great talks, audiobooks, and pod casts while in the car and during your workouts.
- Attend great conferences.
- Surround yourself with positive, healthy growing people—show me your friends and I will show you your future.
- Make the most of educational opportunities.
- Engage in problem solving and life planning.
- Laugh every day. Look for the humor in life.
Whether you choose these items or a set of your own—getting wisdom is critical to developing and maintaining a positive attitude. The results of doing so will be an increased ability to take responsibility in your relationships and the power to become a better and more sensitive responder to those you care about.
Jerry Pipes is president of Jerry Pipes Productions in Dacula, Ga. This editorial is an excerpt from Pipe’s book “Communication Is.” To find out more, go to Pipes’ blog.