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The Wise Thing

We were both sitting at the kitchen table, laptops out. As I went through emails, I noticed my husband biting his nails, deep in thought, so I asked what was so heavy on his mind.

“I’m trying to decide who I should draft tomorrow,” he said.

Thinking his mind had been on work, I smiled and asked, “What are your options?” He went on to explain that drafting a quarterback in the first round typically isn’t recommended and voiced his thoughts on drafting a running back versus a tight end—the options seemed endless.

After he explained his conundrum, I asked one question:

“What’s the wise thing to do?”

This unassuming question, which I pulled from Andy Stanley’s book Ask It has been a huge guide for me when making both organizational and personal decisions and there are several reasons why.

1. It takes the emotion out of the decision.
Emotion is a great thing—but it can also hinder us from making wise decisions. A friend of ours once drafted RG3 in this first round of Fantasy Football because he was a huge Washington fan. Clearly, he made his decision based off emotion and not wisdom—and that has a good chance of backfiring.

2. It reduces regret.
Most bad or hurtful decisions don’t begin with an immoral, unethical, or even illegal act—they begin with an unwise decision that may seem insignificant at first but then ends up snowballing into something much bigger. Making wise decisions means recognizing that no decision is completely insignificant and that all of them have consequences.

3. It brings clarity.
Asking yourself this question has a funny way of cutting through the clutter and back-and-forth of decision-making. It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the pros and cons of every possible option, trying to account for every possible pitfall or chance of success. But the wise decision, while often being the risky one, always pays off.

Asking yourself this question is sure to help guide your decisions and strategies towards success and rewarding results. This week when faced with decisions, ask yourself “What’s the wise thing to do?” and watch it pay off.

After all, the beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.