The scary thing about my job is a lot of what I advise people to do is just plain common sense, but as the saying goes;
Common Sense is not so common at all.
Some people lose their ability to see what is obvious, they lose judgement and they lose any smattering of common sense they may have had in the first place.Too often we over think our problems, or our rational brain ends up playing second fiddle to underlying emotions or to the social pressure around us, sometimes we get caught in bad thinking habits, we become entrenched in behaviour patterns, or at times it’s a lack of confidence and even a learned incapacity that causes us to be unable to do what we needs to be done.
Whatever the reason there are times when all of us suffer from a lack of common sense and when this happens we also lose the ability to act in a reasonable way even when the obvious even thing to do is staring us right in the face.
Common sense has been described as a type mystical force that bestows knowledge of the obvious, yet for most of us common sense is something that is learned through life experience, it’s a type of knowledge in overalls learned through trial and error, a heuristic rule of thumb, or the result of careful logical reasoning.
Ironically common sense is not that common, perhaps understandable when the obvious is not always obvious, yet when the obvious is obvious paradoxically this isn’t always enough because as common sense doesn’t always lead to common action.
If you lack common sense you have an innate inability to see things how they really, or for an inability to do the things that really need to be done, common sense is simply not a tool in everyone’s shed, and that’s why a colleague of mine calls it a ‘rare’ sense and not a common sense.
Perhaps it takes an ability to step back, to take a breath, and to let go of the past, to see the obvious we may need to learn to to see things from another angle and with a new set of eyes, we need to learn from stressful situations, to practice and to build good habits.
Then when we know what needs to be done, when the obvious answer is staring us in the face common sense needs then to lead to common action.