Don’t Be A Fool

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines folly as the “lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight.” defines folly as a “lack of understanding or sense.”

There is an entire book in the bible (proverbs) dissecting what a fool is, and how to do deal with them.

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” (Prov. 26:11)

Everyone has moments when they’re fools.

I look back on far too many moments where I now see how foolish I was. That doesn’t mean you can’t learn from it.

You may say “That’s just the way I am”, but it’s never too late to make changes.

At times when you feel foolish, it might ignite some self-loathing, but instead, let it create self-reflection.

As Benjamin Franklin said “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”

The best thing you can do for yourself is to prepare to fail.

How do you do this?

“Fall 8 times, stand up 9”

You can always prepare yourself for failure, but that doesn’t mean it still won’t happen.

One of the easiest ways to prepare is by creating habits.

They say it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit.

If you’re unsure where to start, begin here:

  • Make an active decision to start a new habit
  • Never allow an exception to stop you from doing the habit
  • Tell others about your new behavior to promote accountability
  • Visualize and think about the new habit
  • Create an affirmation for positive reinforcement

How to Be Wise:

  • Know the limits of your own knowledge
  • Be aware of context and multiple meanings
  • Acknowledge other people’s point of view
  • Get perspective
  • Trust your intuition

We are all human and say things we don’t really mean in the heat of a moment.

As much as we can, we need to choose our words wisely – they have a bigger impact than you may realize.