Pillar of Wellness: Intellectual

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness refers to active participation in scholastic, cultural, and community activities. It is important to gain and maintain intellectual wellness because it expands knowledge and skills to live a stimulating, successful life.

You can only grow your career to the extent that you grow yourself.

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Creative abilities

Creative ability is defined as the ability to freely present oneself, without inhibitions, limitations, or anxiety. It also relates to one’s preparedness to function at the maximum level of competence, free from self-consciousness and full of self-confidence.

It is an inbuilt and natural part of our unique character. This ability develops over a person’s lifetime and is contextual. We all have abilities and skills that can be improved and shaped by life experience and knowledge.

Use your ability to be determined and persistent to get the job done well.


To me, being an intellectual doesn’t mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.

Jacob Bronoski


The number of human talents, skills and abilities are impressive, and it may still surprise us how some manage to master their skills and talents, whereas some remain in the common zone. Enhance your communication and body language skills by taking online courses to improve yourself. Take some time out and have a good look at what your abilities are. Rate them and develop them. 

Challenge yourself to use your unique talents and abilities.

Improve Knowledge

In addition to the required courses you need to take for your career, there are many other ways to explore a variety of different topics and interests of courses you can take to improve your knowledge. Whether that is through taking an elective course for fun, podcasts or getting involved with an adult learning program.

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 Learning new information and skills can be joyful and can build confidence.  Look for the opportunity to mentor someone that is a sure way to grow your knowledge. Asking questions is a sure way to improve yourself.  What does success look like for me in 1 , 3 or 5 years?

Apply your ability to think for yourself and develop a strategy to progress your knowledge base effectively and systematically. Have a plan. Learn a new soft skill, Self-awareness, managing a meeting, Communication, Improve listening skills etc

Take a course on the art of influence and public speaking. This will propel you forward in your career no matter what your occupation is. Find online courses that can improve where you are at the minute in your career. Research what courses will help you grow into what you believe your life goal is.

Observe what the market trends are doing and how you match or exceed them.

Upgrade Skills

The difference between having abilities and having a skill is – Abilities are Natural, and Skills are learned. Having ability and combining knowledge is the way to create skills that can be used.


What we hope ever to do with ease, we must first learn to do with diligence.

Samuel Johnson


Insecurity in your abilities can suppress creativity, which is why it is important to build self-confidence and grow your  experience. Make note of the progress you have made, commend your efforts, and always be on the lookout for ways to reward your creativity.

In your current occupation use your transferable skills. Observe what skills you could gain to improve where you are at and the future. Strive to use and apply your experience to make your work and environment all the better for everyone.

Skills and abilities are tasks that you naturally do well, talents and strengths that you bring to the table as an employee. These include natural capabilities you have always had, in addition to specific knowledge and skills you have acquired through experience and training. 

Time management is a key skill to have. Take a time management course and change the workplace.

Develop your ability to be flexible and a quick learner. Become self-motivated.


Because, as we all know, it is easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent, like thinking. And it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.

John Cleese


Brainstorming

It is a common technique in both academic and professional settings, but it can also be a powerful tool for developing your creativity. The goal is to generate as many ideas as possible in a relatively short span of time. Start by suspending your judgment and self-criticism, then start writing down related ideas and possible solutions. 

It combines a relaxed, informal approach to problem solving with lateral thinking. It encourages people to come up with thoughts and ideas that can, at first, seem a bit crazy.  Some of these ideas can be crafted into original, creative solutions to a problem, while others can spark even more ideas.

Allow the creative ability within everyone to add value to the solution. Allow people to  think for themselves.

Being at ease with not knowing is crucial for answers to come to you, be calm and allow the solution to be collaborative. A collaborative solution is one that is owned by  the team who will embrace it and make it work. They have a vested interest in it is their solution.

Next, focus on clarifying and refining your ideas to arrive at the best possible choice. Ask yourself what skills do I need to produce this solution?

Intellectual Pillar Check-Up

Creative abilities
  • What are the gifts, talents, and abilities that you have that you have not used in a while? 
  • Do you have a positive attitude towards opportunity at hand? 
  • What activities are you involved with daily that challenge your abilities?
Improve Knowledge
  • Are you a critical thinker?
  • How do you challenge yourself to see all sides of an issue? 
  • What new ideas, people, cultures, and beliefs are you exposing yourself to?
  • What events will I attend to improve my knowledge base?
Upgrade Skills
  • What skills do I need to address or improve on? 
  • In what area of your abilities could you become an expert in?
  • What Professional development course am I taking to improve my skills?
Brainstorming
  • Do you act on the first option you are presented with? 
  • Do you challenge the potential solutions, Is there another way to see this? 
  • Are you open to discuss a collaborative solution? 
  • What extra skills might one need?

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