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Why Common Sense is Not So Common

TalkShop common sense tipsCommon sense is often taken for granted. This ability to perceive, understand, and judge practical matters soundly is not taught in school. People think since it is inherent in each one, it should come naturally and at will. Yet, it is not common. Hence, the hangover after a late night out, the many accidents at home and the workplace, the high rate of firecracker injuries after each New Year’s revelry, the breakdown of office equipment and home appliances, and the frequent impulse shopping that sets budgets askew.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO explains, “Each one has common sense in varying degrees depending on one’s background, experiences, context, and emotional quotient (EQ). It does not require one to be highly educated to practice common sense. Mindfulness and personal effort play the bigger role in cultivating it. It is a skill that needs to be sharpened.

Sometimes, even rational people experience lapses of common sense. How does one make best use of common sense day to day? Is it just a logical process or does it require creativity? How does one develop it?

Viesca offers these tips:

1. Think over a situation before acting. Have the foresight. Determine advantages and disadvantages. Expect the consequences. Ask yourself how you will remedy mistakes that may arise.

2. Be open to ideas. One’s reality is subjective and limited. View the big picture through the lens of other people’s experiences and ideas.

3. Tune in to your inner mind where common sense dwells. Reflect and relate the problem to your goals. See how incidents merge into the picture and how your action will impact others.

4. Common sense also requires quick thinking. For survival and emergencies, gut reactions based on knowledge and past experiences play a big part. Be in the know.

5. Develop basic common sense to be able to work independently. There is no excuse for helplessness. Learn to cook, sew, drive, budget, stay fit and be healthy, plan, and relate with others. It is a matter of survival.

6. Choose people to influence you. Be discerning.

7. Be open to creativity. One can veer away from usual practices to apply new ways with the changing circumstances. But think things through.

8. Let go of fears and biases. Thinking by reacting based on negative emotions is based on your assumptions. Don’t jump into conclusions. Learn to adjust to situations.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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