Are you a Knowledgeable Failure?
Think about this for a moment, how many people do you know who are knowledgeable, perhaps brilliant, yet their financial world is a MESS! Or maybe they have not reached their goals! While I was on my way to the gym this morning, I was enjoying a book CD by Darren Hardy called The Compound Effect. I love listening to CD’s to motivate me and move me forward while in the car, its probably part of my multitasking nature. Anyway Darren posed the idea that several people out there are knowledgeable failures! It hit me like a ton of bricks!! It was my own personal AH HA moment! How many of us pour through books, CD’s, and internet sites, searching, and yearning for knowledge!
Knowledge is Power….. isn’t it?
Knowledge after all has been said to be power, yet in truth, knowledge is NOT power, it is what we do with the knowledge that makes it powerful. It made me stop and think, I myself have been guilty of this several times in my life. I have spent hours ‘learning’ about a topic, and felt intelligent in this area, yet it has only been the Implementation of what I have learned that has actually made that knowledge powerful! Allow me to explain. As you may know, my husband and I are foster parents and we have been for several years, we are on many accounts professional parents, we have had to deal with more teen issues (as we specialize is taking teens 12+) than most parents will ever deal with. We take hours and hours of courses about teenage behavior, discipline, mental health issues, complicated diagnosis, etc. We have definitely ‘learned’ a lot about teens, however the bulk of our learning has come when actually dealing with a situation we have learned about and actually implementing ideas we have been trained on! So yes the knowledge was absolutely important, but the execution of the information proved to be the catalyst to making a change, and allowing us to make a difference to these kids.
Learn Less but Study More?
This applies to every aspect of our lives, our business, personal, family, and relationships. In this day and age of the internet and easy information, we are bombarded with information, ideas, tips, quotes, and it can sometimes seem like we are swimming in a sea of information and just keeping our head above water is a task in futility all on its own. It is imperative in order to make a change, we must not only learn new information, but we must apply what we have learned to our life… Darren says it best, we must learn less but study more! Learning by its very nature may just be the ‘thing’ holding us back… we are so busy learning, that we are not making any changes! We can become Mentally paralyzed, when we fail to execute and implement the learning we become knowledgeable failures! It is so easy to mistake reading and learning as growth.
Take Action, Review & Improve! Steps to take NOW.
Step 1: To stop the cycle of learning without growing, it is vital to take action, by implementing what you have learned for a specific period of time, and stay focused on that growth, I would say for a minimum of 30 days.
Step 2: Review our results – Check in with yourself daily as you are implementing what you have learned. Did you use your new knowledge today, or did you spend your time filing your mind with more new knowledge, but did not implement anything? Remember it is the small seemingly insignificant changes done consistently over time that will have the most impact in our lives.
Step 3: Rinse and Repeat! This means simply doing it over again, but with something new.
Decide today to become knowledgeable on something, and implement that knowledge into your life to be a better you!!
To your success,