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"I act carefully and cautiously, looking to avoid unnecessary risks and planning with the future in mind.”
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Prudence?
Prudence means being careful about your choices, stopping and thinking before acting. It is a strength of restraint. When you are prudent, you are not taking unnecessary risks, and not saying or doing things that you might later regret. If you are high in prudence, you are able to consider the long-term consequences of your actions. Prudence is a form of practical reasoning, the ability to examine the potential consequences of your actions objectively, and to control yourself based on that examination. Prudence involves far-sighted planning as well as short-term, goal-directed planning. It is often referred to as cautious wisdom, practical wisdom, and practical reason.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used prudence in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of prudence in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Think twice before saying anything. Do this exercise at least ten times a week and note its effects.
- Remove all extraneous distractions before your make your next three important decisions.
- Visualize the consequences of your next decision in one, five, and ten years’ time.