Monday, April 6, 2015

A Maturity Mind

Maturity is more about wisdom rather than experience.

What is maturity basically? Is it a perception depending on our understanding? Or is there any scientific attribute which decides maturity level? Is it possible to develop maturity? Would it come automatically through the experience and people or is it gained over a period of time? Is it always true when you get older, you get more mature? How to decide a person's maturity level? It is subjective or is there any objective standard?

Maturity is more about wisdom rather than experience: It is related to handling a situation wisely, taking responsibility, being accountable for both what you say and what you do. It is about adaptability to various situations and age groups. Maturity is not associated with age, maturity is a manner to handle life. But maturity can be both gained over time, as per experience and intellectuality. Maturity is also not about how you are good at following conventional wisdom, more about being mindful of decision-making or problem-solving. Maturity means you not only see the things but also perceive; you are not only knowledgeable but more importantly, being insightful and wise.  

Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration (Covey): If a person can express his or her feelings and convictions with courage balanced with consideration for the feelings, and convictions of another person, he or she is mature, particularly when the issue is very important to both parties. Maturity in person can be defined as the person’s ability to react, behave and respond to the situation encounter; or one faced and how he or she applies his or her thought process in manipulating the situation with respect to the timeframe and thereby coming at appropriate and best possible solutions or comments towards it. This thing makes the person be aligned towards the maturity factor and makes oneself undertake and performed in a real way.

Maturity is the combination of capability and potentiality: It is the ability of an individual to gauge or measure the capability or potentiality of a candidate for responding to a particular query - action- behavior- delivery of any thought processes, based on the level of response received at to receiver's end. Maturity means you are fully developed in some way to fulfilling a role or function. A fruit or vegetable is mature when it is ripe — ready for consumption. When a person knows the rules of life and has trained his or her body to great levels of capability or skill, the person becomes fully developed and thus, has achieved maturity in the role. Maturity comes to a person when he/she tried to understand their responsibility and their role in life and works towards others, or in another way when someone shoulders the responsibility to them.

Maturity refers to having a sound understanding of basics and making a fair judgment: Maturity is the clarity of thoughts along with self-control which helps in choosing the most appropriate reaction (or inaction: deciding not to react) to any given situation. Maturity is the ability to wait, think, and respond to a situation without responding with a knee-jerk reaction. It’s the ability to weigh in the impact of what we are planning to do and who will be impacted because of the intended action. Maturity is also a phrase we are using today to describe a decent level of emotional intelligence at work, understanding what to say to whom and when to say it. Maturity can be seen by people responding to every situation according to its severity level. Also, knowledge of talking to various people in different ways.

Mental maturity is nothing to do with physical maturity, it is a thinking ability: Maturity is simply having the ability to live comfortably with contradictory thoughts, and expressing things sometimes courageously by taking care of the feelings of the other persons too, saying your part without hurting the other. Communicating, but not winning a small battle of ego. It is the thinking ability and understanding ability which we gain through learning. It may be through education, experience and majorly the type of people we mingle day in and out and how we take them in life. Maturity weights on how much we understand about life and the purpose of life.

Sometimes maturity ends up as a sort of the abstract opposite of immaturity in settling for a definition for this word: Basically, in our understanding of maturity, it is just the opposite of being immature, it is that maturity is meant to be the idea, the goal. Maturity is a state we want to reach, a behavior, as in a sense of action. So when we say about maturity, we actually sum it up into 'to not being immature,' and we aren't left with much. This creates a problem for 'maturity' as the subject as a moral lesson, and instead of saying 'we are to act like this,' with a fair and square understanding of the action involved, we say 'do not act like this'. This leaves us with a long long list of Don'ts.

Maturity definitely needs to become one of the key success factors in leadership, although there is no such magic success formula, still, we try to manage a few equations: Maturity + Opportunities + Scale + Resources + Conviction + Strength + Backup options + Attitude + ...... = Success is a relative term, it is different for different people.


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