Wise Counsel Illuminates Blind Spots

by | Jul 30, 2019

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” –Proverbs 15:22

The pressure is real to move quickly, be decisive and deliver answers fast. So it’s easy to feel compelled to take action before we’ve done our due diligence. Running new ideas and solutions by others takes time, and that time can be costly, right? The trouble is we can actually slow ourselves down by going too fast. Some decisions, made too quickly, can create a big mess that might require time-consuming triage before we can course correct. If we want to succeed, we need wise counsel.

There are times when we need to take action quickly. But we can benefit from reflecting on when it makes sense to move fast and when it would be more profitable to slow down and invest in wise counsel. Changing jobs, making a major financial decision, creating a new product or service, or introducing a major change to how the organization does business are all examples of plans that can benefit from wise counsel. And that wise counsel should include the people who are impacted.

While we might like to think of ourselves as knowledgeable and experienced enough to be able to make decisions quickly, we all have blind spots. There are things we just don’t know we don’t know. And running an idea or plan by others – by wise counsel, including the Lord – can be the very thing that takes a good idea that could fall short and turns it into a great idea that produces success.

“Plans fail for lack of wise counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.”Proverbs 15:22

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