Act on What You Learn
There are some people who never read books and there are some people who always read them. The latter are like sponges that want to absorb all the information that I can. Fortunately for them, we are in the information age. All the knowledge is in our hands and you can learn and develop yourself as much as you like. You can go and live to your full potential if that is what your goal is.
But the sad truth is because of this information and knowledge overload, people are entering a sphere of confusion. We do not know whom to listen to, whose advice to take, and what habits actually help us. There is only solution: taking actions. No matter how many books you read, or seminars you attend, that knowledge will not be useful if you don’t implement on that.
Don’t be a hoarder or collector of all the books and other educational materials. Make your library diligently. Take the action steps and see if it is really helping you out or not. Experimentation is the golden word. A book may soothe you, but that is only temporary. The wisdom that you get from your experiences and experiments stays for a longer time.
Your actions and periodically reviewing them and the results you are getting will help you immensely. At the same time, those action steps will take you outside your comfort zone. If there is a step-by-step approach given, the action taking will become simpler and that will get you started. After getting started, your actions have to be consistent and you have to keep going forward.
As you read and learn, your actions will help you apply them and give you first-hand experiences that will deepen your learning. Applied knowledge is power.
Along with that, you also have to weed out actions that don’t align with you and make you miserable. To become debt free, a diet of ramen noodles or rice and beans may be a great and effective strategy, but if it makes you miserable, then there is no point in doing that. Save money elsewhere and have healthy habits that will nourish your body. Those actions should make you feel good. Trading long-term freedom for short-term discomfort is an excellent strategy, but you also have to be mindful and not go overboard.
Create a healthy balance of learning and taking actions daily. They both should complement each other. Only in that way, you can sustain the inner coach in you.
An important tool is to journal as you learn. After a day is over, in the evening time, I write down few points summarizing my experiences and behaviors and what lessons I learned. That acts as a bridge between learning a skill and implementing it and really drilling down the fundamentals in my head. I condition my mind to do more of the things that take me towards success. I become aware of the negative behaviors that I have been doing and make it a priority to get rid of them.
In a nutshell, consume good knowledge and focus on learning, but unless you take action, all that knowledge will be useless.
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