It happens to all of us ….. “Flirting with Stupidity.”
We have seen CEO’s, leaders of big movements, influencers who have built their reputation for years suddenly destroyed by what seemed like an act of stupidity.
A husband who confesses his love for his family but chose to succumb to the temptation of flirting with someone in his work, that led to the two of them going out and later to full-blown adultery.
A leader who allows small compromises to happen under his leadership, waking up one day with the headlines shouting at his face. GUILTY.
An unwise leadership calls that affected what an organization has been building for years.
The reality is we are all one step away from making dumb decisions and decisions made in the flesh and not in the wisdom of God. The good news is it’s never the end. Look at me; I’m still alive!
But here are some ways we can safeguard ourselves from stupidity:
- Stay Humble.
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. What a comforting verse from the Bible. I need God’s grace to lead and live. I need his transforming grace to stay humble.
To be humble means keeping myself teachable and always learning from my mistakes and the mistakes of others. Experience is not the best teacher. Other people’s experiences are our greatest teachers. Humility acknowledges our need to learn from the mistakes of others and our own.
2. Keep yourself accountable in a team.
Most of the things I’ve regretted in life, I did alone.
When I posted a negative blog against someone, I did not inquire anybody. What happened was an avalanche of hate replies. I’ve learned my lesson. Before posting anything in social media, I need to consult others how I will say it. There is a way to communicate your ideas without picking up a fight. Having friends around me who will keep me accountable takes stupidity away.
Even in leadership, before making a tough and major leadership decision, I have to go around and ask what they think about it because major decisions affect not just you but others.
3. Up your knowledge, ask God for wisdom.
Making informed decisions is the way to minimize wrong decisions in life. Don’t just make a decision based on gut feel. Gut feelings can be deceiving at times. Try to gather information needed before making any move.
Peter Drucker in his book Effective Executive said,
“Every knowledge worker in a modern organization is an executive if, by his or her position or knowledge, he or she is responsible for a contribution that materially affects the capacity of the organisation to perform and to obtain results.”
As you up your knowledge, ask God for wisdom also. Confess your need to have God’s wisdom as you make decisions every day.
Proverbs 4:6-7 “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”