I personally started reading few years back, mostly non-fiction books. There is a ton of great advice from these business, motivation or self-development books. Advice on how to maintain business and personal relation with others, how to stay motivated, how to run business, and so on. However, many times, the advice conflicts with the real-world scenarios.
So, if you end up taking a wrong decision because you followed the advice sitting in your subconscious mind then who is at fault here? The person who gave you the advice- author, mentor, your family member or friend. Or is it you?
The answer is it’s you who is at fault. The reason is that there is a certain method to take advice and if you follow that method then you can see more successful outcomes in decision making than usual.
The method is that you hear or read the advice, take it in and keep it in a section of your brain which collects information and when the time comes you consider all the advice sitting in info section of your brain but do not follow them blindly no matter how smart or popular the person is who gave you the advice.
This means that you took it and kept it with you to use it when required promising yourself to use it with common sense.
When situation comes, you will still use your own instinct backed by the common sense while still being aware of all the information. Considering advice is important. Because what’s the point of collecting knowledge when you end up taking decision ignoring the advice given to you in the past. So, to conclude, you must consider the knowledge or advice sitting in your subconscious mind and yet take decision wisely with common sense while being aware of all the permutation of the current situation.
No single advice can be best for all situations. And no one, no matter how popular or smart, can give you a single advice that will be useful in every situation. End of the day, you will have to use your senses to calculate what’s right or wrong in the situation.
This is close to the terms – informed decision and calculated risk where you have all the information you need, and you took the decision based on collective forces of your common sense, and knowledge.
For instance, if you are a professional consultant following an advice from a consulting book – not to under-value yourself by charging low fee to the clients. However, there are so many permutations and combinations in business that you just can’t simply follow this advice blindly. It may apply to some situation while not to others. In this example, you may have developed a system where you can still make profit despite charging low fee and another situation it may be wise to follow the author.
In another example, a lifestyle book might suggest you to be nice to others and nice things will come back to you always. However, in some cases, being nice too many times might be seen as weakness and the other person might take advantage of you. You may also be seen as weak or someone of low value. In these rare cases, you may have to use common sense and see how the persona is reacting to your niceness. If it is not working then chance the gears. Being nice is not always good with all people. As there is a famous saying – Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, same on me.
Never underestimate the power of common sense. Wake up your inner conscious.
In ancient time, saints and sages never had access to things that we have today yet they had vast knowledge. Mediation and yoga is very important to keep your senses awake. These practices can help you enhance your senses, and take the right decision at the right time.