Showing Common SenseDo you have confidence to use your common sense. May this thought make you think about how you handle situations.
Showing Common Sense
By Catherine Pulsifer, ©2011
I have been in situations where someone who is more educated, or who is in a more senior position, made a decision
I disagreed with. My common sense told me that it was the wrong decision. But, I thought they must know what they were doing because they were more educated, and in a more senior position. So I didn't say or suggest anything.
But once the decision was made, and the action was taken, I realized that I should have spoken up and expressed my opinion; as the decision was not a good one.
Far too many of us blindly accept a decision of a superior without challenging the assumptions upon which the decision is based. Sometimes we lack the confidence to speak up. And, sometimes we do not want to upset our boss or co-worker.
I also have been in many situations where my own decisions were not the right ones. After the fact, a co-worker would say to me, "I knew that was not the right thing to do." It always amazed me that they did not speak up and voice their opinion.
There have been many times once something is pointed out that I have rethought my action. And, of course, there were times when I wished I had listened and didn't. But, that is how we learn.
On the other hand, showing the confidence to challenge decisions based on our own common sense can lead to more thoughtful decisions. Don't be afraid to speak up, voice your thoughts in a constructive and positive manner.
Life is a series of challenges and different interpretations. Not everything we say is necessarily interpreted correctly and it is up to you to extend an open invitation to those around you to speak freely in order to clarify or question. If you want to be respected, to be seen as a person that is open and available to all, commonsense applied to everything, then be honest, and seek open communication with everyone not just a few selected people.
Consider the wisdom of Josh Billings who once said, "Common sense is instinct and enough of it is genius."
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